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CAR OF THE MONTH February 2010

2009 Audi TTS Roadster Review

Speedy, sexy and sunny

A three-quarter front view of a meteor gray pearl 2009 Audi TTS Roadster

In short: A stylish and lovable sporty roadster.

Extremely popular in Europe, especially in Britain, the Audi TT Coupe and Roadsters' models could benefit from a little bit more attention in the U.S. Despite a hefty sticker price, you are getting a very quick, sexy and most enjoyable roadster to drive, especially on a nice sunny day wherever you might find yourself. It is a great city car due to its smaller size and ease of driving. The build is excellent and quality materials should please you for a long time.

Audi TTS Roadster interior

Style is always subjective, but it would be hard to find any angles you don’t like on the TTS. The signature Audi LED daytime running lights establish a strong presence to begin with. Its swooped shape inspires a smooth movement through the air and the quad exhaust pipes remind us of something exotic, like a Lamborghini that Pininfarina would have designed. A driver oriented interior will give you the feel of being in a much pricier custom designed Ferrari. Quality leather, a racing-style squared off steering wheel gets you in the mood for errands of any kind and should put a smile on your face on your way to work and inspire you to go for a romantic drive. Set the 9 speaker 140 watt Bose sound system to your favorite hit and go.

A three-quarter rear view of a 2009 meteor gray pearl Audi TTS Roadster

There is a sophisticated and very quick-shifting dual-clutch gearbox with launch control that brings the TTS closer to rocket status, providing the software can deal with all of that as well as your insurance company. Cornering is one of the Audi’s specialties; with a well balanced automobile equipped with the ubiquitous quattro all-wheel drive system, you’re going to love that mountain road, paddle shifts and all, and enjoy a romancing exhaust signature in the process. Plus, the car comes with an array of active and passive safety systems that will put you in total cuddly confidence.

No doubt this cute little roadster will inspire driving, passing and who knows launch other passions, too. And yes, passion always comes at a price.


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Warranty/Service
: 4-year/50,000-mile new vehicle limited warranty; 12-year limited warranty against corrosion perforation; 12-month/5,000-mile no charge first scheduled maintenance; 4-year roadside assistance coverage provided by a third party supplier.


QUICK SHEET
Base Price: $45,900 / As tested: $55,550

Technical Specifications

Vehicle type: sports convertible, all-wheel drive, 2-passenger, 2-door roadster convertible

Engine: 2.0-liter, DOHC turbo charged 4-cylinder with TFSI direct injection
Horsepower: 265 hp @
Torque: lb-ft @ rpm; lb-ft
Transmission: S tronic 6-speed automatic dual-clutch gearbox with Audi launch control

Curb weight:
3,235 lbs
Wheelbase: in
Length/Width/Height: in
Turning circle: ft

Brakes:
anti-lock brake system (ABS); anti-slip regulation (ASR); electronic stabilization program (ESP)

Suspension: MacPherson strut front suspension; four-link rear suspension
Traction:
quattro all-wheel drive system; Audi hill hold

0-60 mph: 4.6 seconds
Top Speed: 155 mph

EPA City:
21 mpg
EPA Highway: 29 mpg

Safety: full-size dual threshold driver and front passenger airbags and seat-mo
unted thorax side airbags; driver and front passenger knee airbags; ; side intrusion protection; rigid body shell with energy absorbing zones; rollover bars

Likes: sporty design, nimble handling, interior design
Dislikes: price, as with most convertibles lack of rear visibility when the top is up, sound quality, gas mileage

 

 

A three-quarter front view of the Pikes Peak Autonomous Audi TTS on the road

Unmanned Mountain Climber
On June 25, 2010, Audi researchers unveiled an exciting, experimental new take on the popular TTS coupe. Dubbed the Pikes Peak Autonomous Audi TTS, this high-tech TTS was specially designed to handle the rough and winding roads of the Rocky Mountains—all sans driver. The California-based research team is currently planning on conducting an unmanned high-speed test up Pikes Peak in Colorado in September 2010. Tentatively projected to follow the historic 12.42-mile Pikes Peak Hill Climb, this one-of-a-kind driverless test drive is meant to showcase Audi's state of the art driver assistance technologies, and assess the ways in which these technologies could be further implemented on new Audi models.

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