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2011 Audi TT Performance

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Carried over from the prior model year, the 2011 Audi TT and TTS remain fine choices for any enthusiast looking for strong power, deft handling, and all-weather traction.

The engine, transmission, and drivetrain choices boil down to a horsepower quote. The TT coupe and convertible are fitted with a 211-horsepower, 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder paired exclusively with Audi's fantastic six-speed dual-clutch transmission. The dual-clutch box lets twin interlocking transmissions handle blink-quick gearchanges without a clutch pedal whatsoever. It's only offered with all-wheel drive, which transmits the drivetrain's 258 pound-feet of torque to the wheels with a whizzy, delightful surge that doesn't end with a 5.3-second 0-60 mph time. The roadster adds 0.3 seconds to the tally, due to its extra weight.

In either body style, the TT sits more squat on its haunches than the original TT. It's a more nimble machine and a more seriously sporting car, low to the ground and grippy, with flat but eager determination. Is it a pure sports car? We're inclined to say yes, since the available magnetic suspension gives it a jittery feel that passes off in some circles as "sporty."

The 2011 Audi TT accelerates briskly and handles with great grip; the TTS sharpens its speed scalpel even more finely.

The four-cylinder engine also  gets good fuel economy, with EPA ratings of up to 23 mpg city, 31 highway.

If you're truly looking for the sportscar of the model line, you'll want the TTS coupe or roadster. With similar drivetrain pieces, the TTS gets its turbocharging massaged for an extra 54 horsepower, up to a total of 265 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque. The magnetic ride suspension is standard equipment here, and in its Sport setting, the ride height drops by 0.39 inches. The TTS also folds in larger vented disc brakes and a tuned exhaust system. It's just a touch quicker than the stock TT at 5.2 seconds in the 0-60 mph run, but top speed is lifted to 155 mph.

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