2013 Audi TT Performance
This performance review was written when the 2013 Audi TT was new.
While some reviewers say that the Porsche Boxster offers better performance, the 2013 Audi TT wins points for its combination of performance, ride comfort and luxury.
- "Nevertheless, the aging little Audi is no match for a new BMW Z4 or especially a Porsche Cayman or Boxster when it comes to performance and driving dynamics." -- Edmunds
- "It may lack the dynamic driver involvement of Porsche's Boxster or the evolving nostalgia of BMW's Z4, but behind the wheel, the TT inspires on many levels, and through many seasons." -- Kelley Blue Book
- "In this guise, the TT coupe runs hot and sharp, with plenty of boosted power from the little 2.0-liter turbo four, and great grip, chassis control and steering response from this setup." -- AutoWeek (2012)
- "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 (2012)
Acceleration and Power
The 2013 Audi TT comes with a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that generates 211 horsepower at 4,300 rpm and 258 pound-feet of torque at 1,600 rpm. A six-speed automated manual transmission is standard. The EPA reports that the 2013 TT gets 22/31 mpg city/highway, which is comparable with the fuel economy of the BMW Z4 sDrive28i and Mercedes-Benz SLK250. TTS models feature a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 265 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 258 pound-feet of torque at 2,500 rpm. A six-speed automated manual transmission also comes with the TTS. Audi says that the TT can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 5.6 seconds with a top speed of 130 mph, while the TTS accelerates from 0 to 60 mph in 4.9 seconds with a top speed of 155 mph.
The high-performance Audi TT RS comes with a turbocharged 2.5-liter five-cylinder engine that produces 360 horsepower at 5,500 rpm and 343 pound-feet of torque at 1,650 rpm. A six-speed manual transmission is standard. Audi says that the TT RS will accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 4.1 seconds with a top speed of 174 mph.
Reviewers say that the 2013 TT’s turbocharged four-cylinder engine provides plenty of power. Additionally, some test drivers write that the automated manual transmission offers quick, refined shifts, which enhance the TT’s fun-to-drive nature.
- "The 2013 Audi TT's turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-4 isn't the most stirring engine to listen to, but its power delivery is quite broad, its generous torque plateau begins at a very low rpm, and the dual-clutch automated manual gearbox works brilliantly in both automatic and manual modes." -- Edmunds
- "Add the crisp gear changes of a standard dual-clutch automatic transmission and you have a capable weekday tool and a potent weekend toy." -- Kelley Blue Book
- "There's a slight turbo lag, but otherwise this is a potent yet modest engine that works well with the dual-clutch." -- AutoWeek (2012)
- "The transmission shifts with impressive smoothness." -- Consumer Guide (2012)
Handling and Braking
The Audi TT comes standard with all-wheel drive, and test drivers report that it offers composed handling, as well as a ride that’s smoother than many competing sports cars’. While one reviewer says that the TT’s steering feels light and vague at lower speeds, he also notes that it gets more communicative as speed increases.
- "The ride is smooth for a sporty car, even with the TTS' standard 19-inch wheels. The optional magnetic suspension makes bumps more apparent, but not to the point of harshness." -- Consumer Guide (2012)
- "The chassis is tight, but didn't beat me up. The steering is light on center followed by satisfying response into movements, especially when pushing through a gentle expressway curve at 80 mph with the needle at 2,500 rpm." -- AutoWeek (2012)
- "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 (2010 TTS)