Audi TT S

Audi £45,000 ap­prox.




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To co­in­cide with the car’s an­niver­sary, there’s been typ­i­cally re­strained up­dates: more sculp­tured bumpers, new colours and a re­freshed en­gine range. There’s no diesel any­more, all but the TT RS us­ing a tune of 2.0-litre 4cyl turbo petrol.

Out­puts start at 197bhp, but the car you see here is the lat­est TT S, its 302bhp slightly down (well, by one per cent) thanks to new emis­sions regs. S tronic You auto can – only and have it op­er­ates one gear­box as – a 7spd smoothly as you’d ex­pect. Qu­at­tro all-wheel drive is stan­dard, and able to send all of its power to ei­ther axle. As be­fore, though, the bal­ance is very much safe and sure­footed. In fact, it’s an ab­surdly easy car to jump in and drive quickly. Very wel­come, when our first drive was on the (closed!) Snae­fell Moun­tain sec­tion of the Isle of Man TT course, a piece of road that res­o­lutely – no­to­ri­ously – doesn’t take pris­on­ers. At­tempt­ing to do my bike rac­ing he­roes some sort of justice, I didn’t once wish for any­thing other than cos­set­ing AWD and the ease of pad­dleshift­ing. But will it sat­isfy in the long run? A 718 Cay­man or Alpine A110 re­mains much more ap­peal­ing when you’re driv­ing for fun rather than hang­ing on for dear life. Of course, the TT S makes up for its thrill short­fall with two back seats, a big hatch­back and what re­mains an ex­em­plary cabin; it was so good be­fore, this up­date’s only change is some new power and g- me­ter read­ings for the snazzy dig­i­tal dials. All told, coupes get no more rounded or eas­ier to live with. You’d be a fool to bet against the TT man­ag­ing an­other 20 years with ease.

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