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The Audi TT remains a unique, stylish, and fun-to-drive entry in the compact sports luxury class, but it's nearing the end of its run in its current form. A new TT is expected soon for the 2015 model year, but for now, the 2014 model continues largely unchanged from last year.
The Audi TT RS is no longer in the lineup, as planned from the super-performance model's launch. Otherwise, the TT and TTS models continue with their familiar and fun balance of charming looks, small footprint, reasonable efficiency, and sporty performance. A new TTS Competition special-edition version of the Roadster and Coupe marks production of the 500,000th TT to date, bringing special paint and accessories for a 500-unit run.
Base TT models get a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine rated at 211 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. Paired with the standard dual-clutch transmission and quattro all-wheel drive, the TT is quick, hitting 60 mph in just 5.3 seconds.
The Audi TTS gets an upgraded version of the same engine, rated at 265 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. The extra motivation gets the TTS to 60 mph in as little as 4.9 seconds. TTS models also get an upgraded Haldex version of the quattro AWD system.
Choosing between TT or TTS Coupe and Roadster models is easy, too: the difference is in the drop-top, not the handling, with both forms of the TT showing nimble and eager responses, its low-slung shape providing grip and cornering stability.
Comfortable for front-row passengers, the TT is nominally a two-plus-two, but effectively a two-seater with a package shelf behind the front seats. The cabin is well-built and handsome, despite showing more age than much of the Audi range--materials, fit and finish, and noise levels are all what you've come to expect from Audi.
No crash tests have been performed on the 2014 Audi TT, but its aluminum construction, nimble handling, and suite of standard safety equipment should stand the TT in good stead in an accident.
With the fuel-chugging TT RS model gone from the range this year, the TT and TTS offer fairly green sporty driving: all versions rate 22 mpg city, 31 mpg highway, and 26 mpg combined according to the EPA.