The base TT Coupe and Roadster come with a 211-horsepower 2.0-liter TFSI turbocharged engine paired to a six-speed dual-clutch DSG automatic gearbox. Whether letting the computer handle the shifts or using the steering wheel-mounted paddles, the result is smooth, quick gear changes executed flawlessly--every time. TT Coupe models manage the 0-60 mph run in just 5.3 seconds, while the Roadsters require 5.6 seconds due to their extra weight.
The TTS Coupe and Roadster share a hotter version of the 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder, rated at 265 hp. Both are also available exclusively with the DSG six-speed transmission. With the extra power, the TTS Coupe can get to 60 mph in as little as 4.9 seconds. Handling is very good in the TTS, thanks in part to its standard magnetic ride suspension system, which includes a Sport setting that lowers the car by 0.39 inches and stiffens the ride for better responsiveness. In comfort mode, the magnetic ride system smooths bumps and improves comfort just as well. The TTS also benefits from larger brakes and a tuned exhaust system for a little more bark.
New last year, the exclusive (and more expensive) TT RS adds serious bite to the TT range, with a 2.5-liter turbo five-cylinder rated at 360 horsepower and 343 pound-feet of torque. Unlike the more common TT and TTS, the TT RS is only available with a six-speed manual transmission--for maximum driving enjoyment. An upgraded Haldex version of the quattro all-wheel-drive system, shared with the TTS, helps better handle the extra power. When really stepping on the throttle in Sport mode, an exhaust bypass valve opens, releasing a raspy, rabid sound. The TT RS is only available in coupe form.
While all 2013 Audi TT models handle well, moving up the range in power also moves up considerably in sharpness, precision, and driver feel--but at the expense of a larger hole in your bank account.