Performance wise, not much has changed on the 2013 Audi TT Coupe. This is a vehicle that looks a lot sportier than it is. That being said, it will not have you crying at the gas pump the way most sporty coupes will, so there is a silver lining. Every Audi TT is powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder mated to a six-speed dual-clutch automated manual transmission. Judging by the exterior, you expect this car to growl, but it doesn't. It generates 211 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque to get you to 60 mph in 6.3 seconds. Obviously, this is a reasonable time, but it is not going to win you any races. Fuel economy is quite impressive, yielding 22 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway. The 2013 TT has Audi quattro® all-wheel drive, which provides confidence-inspiring precision in the handling department. This coupe cannot begin to compete with Porsche Cayman or BMW Z4 in terms of power, but it is a fun car to drive around town and it stays composed passing and merging on the highway.
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• Navigation - Audi Navigation Plus System guides you through traffic with maps and turn-by-turn directions. However, the standard system is awkward, so it is worth upgrading to the better interface
• Audio - TT comes with a standard nine-speaker audio system, which includes CD player, auxiliary outlet, and satellite radio. A 12-speaker Bose® system is available with your choice of iPod interface or CD changer.
• Parking System - The available parking system gives you rear sensors that detect objects in your path while in reverse.
• Bluetooth - This features lets you end, send and receive calls without taking your eyes off the road or hands off the wheel.
Crash test results from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety are not available for the 2013 TT Coupe. In brake testing the vehicle took 111 feet to stop from 60 mph; this is average for this segment. TT does not have the option of adding some of Audi's more innovative safety features. However, it is generously equipped with a long list of standard ones. A few include:
• Hill start assist
• Electronic brakeforce distribution
• Electronic stability control
• Remote anti-theft alarm
• Engine immobilizer
• Traction control
• Tire pressure monitoring
• Brake drying
• Self-leveling headlights
• Post-collision safety system
• Emergency interior trunk release
• Dusk sensing headlights
TT's avant garde appearance is available as a traditional coupe and a two-seat convertible. Those opting for the convertible will appreciate that the top folds effortlessly with the touch of a button, and at driving speeds of up to 31 mph. TT is aerodynamic with an exaggerated slope to its roofline. There are a few wheel options to choose from, with the 18-inch 10-spoke ones being a popular choice.
The cabin is as upscale as you would expect, and you cannot help but feel like you are in a sports car when you sink into baseball-stitched Nappa leather seats. The front seats are comfortable and roomy. However, the rear seat in the coupe is pretty much nonexistent and better suited to hold your briefcase or purse rather than people. The dual cockpit design is a hit with most buyers, but the dash-mounted controller placement for the navigation system is awkward, and the system itself does not compete with what is appreciated in rivals.
This coupe offers a generous 13-cubic-foot trunk, and if you fold that unusable seat down you get 24 cubes. The convertible gives you 8.8 cubes, but there is a pass-through door for skis.