2011 Audi TT Performance
This performance review was written when the 2011 Audi TT was new.
Test drivers report that the TT's combination of power and comfortable handling make it a sports car that's easy to live with. Though competitors might offer better straight-line performance and sportier handling dynamics, few can match the TT's total package of sports performance, ride comfort, and luxury.
- "But really, the 2011 TT 2.0T outclasses just about every other four-cylinder coupe we’ve driven."--Car and Driver
Acceleration and Power
The 2011 Audi TT 2.0 has an upgraded engine that now makes 211 horsepower and 258 pounds-feet of torque, which reviewers say makes it accelerate with more potency. Reviewers love the standard S Tronic transmission, which is the only transmission option available.
The Audi TTS features a 2.0-liter turbocharged I4 engine that generates 265 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 258 pound-feet of torque at 2,500 - 5,000 rpm. A manual six-speed transmission is standard, but an S tronic automatic is also available. Audi claims that the TTS has a top speed of 155 mph.
The EPA reports that both the TT coupe and roadster net a city/highway fuel economy 21/29 mpg.
- "The 2011 Audi TT is only available with the turbocharged four-cylinder, a version of the Audi 2.0T that's shared with Volkswagen products like the CC and GTI. This year's engine is more powerful, and you'll notice the extra boost in torque, especially when driving around town. The S tronic transmission is beyond reproach, delivering smooth and lightning-quick gearchanges."--Edmunds
- "Acceleration in the TTS is sprightly. The engine suffers from modest turbo lag. TTS 0-60 acceleration estimates are 4.9 seconds for the coupe and 5.1 for the convertible. Those times feel credible to us. The transmission shifts with impressive smoothness."--Consumer Guide
- "In fact, the regular TT is now so responsive and delivers so much low-end oomph that it feels eerily similar to the TTS, which you may notice also offers 258 lb-ft of torque, albeit at a higher 2500 rpm. (For 2011, the TTS carries over its 265-hp, 2.0-liter turbo four, although it’s based on the older EA113 architecture.) The TTS remains the quicker car, but the gap has narrowed significantly. "--Car and Driver
- "If you can get past the fact that the TTS is not a Boxster, there's a lot to like here, starting with the fact that this sucker is FAST. Very fast, indeed." -- Automobile Magazine
Handling and Braking
Overall, test drivers are pleased with the TT's handling dynamics -- though steering feel is an issue that's continuously mentioned. Audi's Quattro all-wheel drive system is standard on both the TT 2.0 and TTS.
- "Handling is commendable, but hardly anything that'll remind you of a Porsche Boxster or Cayman. The adjustable-suspension option (which also includes adjustable steering effort and even a louder exhaust note) improves the TT's capability in this area without making the already firm ride unbearable, but we doubt many buyers will feel it's worth the price premium."--Edmunds
- "Steering is overly light, as well as numb at low speeds, but effort and feel improve as the speedometer needle climbs. As with most all-wheel-drive cars, there's understeer, but the TTS doesn't mind being pitched into corners, and its balance is good despite its forward weight bias." -- Car and Driver
- "[P]ush [the TTS] really hard on winding and undulating roads, and the little Audi still lacks the ultimate composure of the brilliant mid-engine rear-drive Porsches (Boxster and Cayman). Nor does the steering serenade, as it does on Porsches and the better BMWs: It rarely does on a four-wheel -drive car." -- Motor Trend
- "The only demerit to TT's excellent handling prowess is steering that feels a bit light. Otherwise, these sporty cars are extremely composed with strong, reassuring brakes."--Consumer Guide
- "With the liberal use of lightweight aluminum, Audi has been able to produce a performance car with real snap. And all-wheel drive -- good for not only bad weather, but also wet, gravel, or sandy roads -- is a major plus." -- Boston Globe