2012 Audi TT Price, Review, Specs, what car reviews, The TT is Audi’s sporty 2-door, 4-passenger Coupe and Roadster, named for the Tourist Trophy, a European motorsports event that was first held in 1905. Both the TT Coupe and the TT Roadster were redesigned for the first time for 2008 and incorporate the third-generation Audi Space Frame (ASF) technology that combines aluminum and steel in the chassis to reduce weight and improve weight distribution. The TT Coupe concept was unveiled in 1995 and arrived in production form for 2000 with very few visual changes from the concept. The Roadster was added for 2001. For 2012, Audi added the high-performance, quattro TT RS coupe to the TT lineup, powered by a powerful 2.5-liter 360-horsepower inline-5 engine, and marked by interior and exterior design cues. The TT RS may be a limited-run model; Audi is expected to ship only 1,000 units to the United States in 2012 and 2013.
Body Styles, Trim Levels, and Options
The 2012 Audi TT is available as a 2+2 hatchback coupe or a two-seat roadster, both of which come in Premium Plus or Prestige trim levels.
Premium Plus features include 18-inch wheels with summer tires, an automatic rear spoiler, foglights, automatic adaptive xenon headlights, LED daytime running lights, heated exterior mirrors, rain-sensing wipers, an auto-dimming mirror, 10-way power front seats, a 50/50 split-folding rear seatback, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, leather and faux suede upholstery, automatic climate control, Bluetooth and a nine-speaker CD/MP3 stereo with satellite radio and an auxiliary audio jack. The roadster includes a power soft top, a power wind deflector, roll hoops and a cargo pass-through with a removable ski bag.
Opting for the Prestige trim adds rear parking sensors, a dash-mounted MMI electronics controller, upgraded leather upholstery, an interior ambient lighting package, a navigation system with real-time traffic, heated front seats, an upgraded 12-speaker Bose stereo and a six-CD changer. The navigation and heated seats are also offered as an option on the Premium Plus.
Powertrains and Performance
Powering the 2012 Audi TT is a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 211 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. All-wheel drive is also standard.
The only transmission available is a six-speed dual-clutch automated manual transmission that works like a traditional automatic or allows manual operation via the shift lever on the center console or shift paddles on the steering wheel.
EPA-estimated fuel economy is 23 mpg city/31 mpg highway and 26 mpg combined.
Standard safety features on the 2012 Audi TT include antilock disc brakes, traction and stability control, side airbags and front knee airbags.
Interior Design and Special Features
As we’ve come to expect from all Audi models, the 2012 TT features a tastefully designed interior that makes use of top-notch materials. The placement of the navigation system’s controller on the dashboard isn’t ideal, nor is operation as intuitive as systems offered by other manufacturers, but most other controls are straightforward and within easy reach. The sporty front seats are both comfortable and supportive, although the coupe’s rear seats are better suited to trunk overflow than people.
The coupe’s rear seats do fold flat, however, expanding the trunk’s capacity from an ample 13 cubic feet to a capacious 24 cubes. The two-seat roadster convertible can accommodate only 8.8 cubic feet, but it does feature a pass-through with removable ski bag for longer objects.
The roadster’s folding cloth top might seem a bit outdated compared to the slick retractable hardtops that can be found on some of its rivals, but it does retain the TT’s clean lines and it folds flat into the rear bodywork. Its multilayer headliner and glass window also manage to keep the cabin quiet and well insulated from the weather.
The 2012 Audi TT’s turbocharged four-cylinder makes more than enough power for a daily driver and proves jut energetic enough to have some fun on twisting back roads. The entertainment quotient is further enhanced by the all-wheel-drive system, not to mention the confidence you have while driving on slick pavement. Meanwhile, the S tronic dual-clutch transmission provides gearchanges that are both quick and smooth.
2012 Audi TT Price :
MSRP range: $38,300 – $56,850
Invoice price range: $35,620 – $52,871
2012 Audi TT Specs :
Drivetrain : All Wheel Drive
Curb Weight (lbs) : 3153
City (MPG) : 23
Hwy (MPG) : 31
Horsepower : 211@4300
Torque (lb-ft) : 258@1600
Wheelbase : 97.2
Length (in.) : 164.5
Width (in.) : 72.5
Height (in.) : 53.2