Interested in Audi's pert TT coupe and roadster? For 2010, you'll have to look elsewhere if you're only satisfied by V-6 power.
For 2010, Audi's dropping the V-6 versions of the TT from its lineup as a part of a simplification across the board. Witness the also-new 2010 Audi A4 and 2010 Audi S4 lineups: the V-6 is gone from the base sedan, while the supercharged V-6-powered S4 slips into a more comfortable price bracket.
After revisiting the TT for the new model year, we're not so sure you'll miss the 250-hp V-6. With the addition of the 265-hp TTS coupe and roadster last year, Audi had already given the sportscar a more interesting top-line model--one that feels more balanced, too, without the weight of a V-6 on its nose. Base versions continue with a 200-hp turbocharged four.
Other changes for the 2010 model year leave the TT with only dual-clutch transmissions. Since the paddle-shifted, clutch-pedal-free gearboxes are among our favorites in the entire VW/Audi realm, this too is a good thing.
With no other significant styling or performance changes to report, the TT soldiers on for the new year, edging closer and closer to true sport-car territory. Performance is nearly brilliant--and with fuel economy of 23/31 mpg on the base car and a deceptively large trunk, the TT measures up against V-6 competitors like the Nissan 370Z well.
The TT's Achilles Heel, if it has one, is in price. At $38,625 base, it's at least a few thousand more than the Nissan Z; a TTS Roadster will set you back more than $55,000, which will also get you a 2009 BMW Z4 or something from those cousins at Porsche. You'll get Bluetooth, Alcantara trim and a classically proportioned sportscar, but you'll fall just shy of the real players in that price bracket.
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