With its artistic design and powerful yet fuel efficient turbocharged engine, the 2010 Audi TT 2.0T Quattro Coupe is hard to resist.
Considering that the Quattro four-cylinder TT can be had with all-wheel drive for $38,125, or just $2,100 above what the now-departed front-drive version cost, this TT looks like a pretty good bargain, too.
Audi says the 2.0T goes 0-60 mph in 5.7 seconds, and that its quarter-mile time is 14.4 seconds at 96 mph.
So when we got behind the wheel, we were not at all surprised by how quick it is. But keep in mind, this comes despite the fact that the Quattro is 250 pounds heavier than the front-drive model was.
Yet it also has the same horsepower and gearing as the front-driver. The transmission is a six-speed dual-clutch automated manual.
Audi says the S tronic’s launch-control system, which raises engine revs and then drops the clutch automatically, helps to offset the higher vehicle weight.
Audi also says that the front-drive model launched quickly and spun its wheels for a brief moment before the tires hooked up.
In the all-wheel-drive, the TT is able to surge forward without that slight delay.
The all-wheel drive also makes it possible to zoom out of corners but still find traction efficiently.
You'll also be impressed with how the TT demonstrates sharp sports-car reflexes, robust braking and unrelenting skidpad grip.
In our week of combined city and highway driving, we posted fuel economy of right around 24 mpg.
This TT, with all-wheel drive and the 200-horsepower turbo four, making 207 pounds-feet of torque, comes pretty close to the more powerful TTS version.
It offers many of the same driving dynamics. But it's about $8,000 cheaper. So our advice would be to go with this one.
Our nicely loaded tester came with a sticker price of right around $49,500.
Audi says that the TT combines the original Bauhaus styling with Audi's current modern design theme and advanced technology.
The frame of the coupe is 69 percent aluminum and 31 percent steel.
For the roadster, it's 58 and 42.Most of the steel is in the rear to offset the weight of the engine and better balance the car, Audi says.
Safety features include front, side and knee airbags, run-flat tires with pressure monitoring and four-wheel anti-lock brakes and stability control.
With sexy styling and affordable sports car dynamics, the TT 2.0T Coupe is a compelling package.