The Audi TT is the only dedicated sports car here, and the fact that it’s in the top-ten is pretty admirable. And the primary reason for that is because it’s an incredibly usable sports car. It doesn’t thump through potholes like its predecessor – and yet it’s also very handy on the track, something that Gaurav was able to attest to as well. So, this really is a no-compromise sports car!
Inside, the quilted leather attempts to fool you into believing that you’re getting Bentley-levels of quality. In truth, though, you certainly are getting Audi A8 levels of fit-and-finish. The virtual cockpit – with its 12.3-inch TFT screen – that replaces the instrument cluster is a real revelation. Combine that with the AC controls that are set in concentric circles within the vents themselves, and you have a truly interesting cabin to spend time in. From the driver’s seat, the steering wheel facing you is a work for art in itself with its compact dimensions and cut-away spokes.
Really, the only place where the TT lost points was in the Comfort / Space and Practicality departments – because it is a two-seater sports car at the end of the day. Lap time puts it in fifth place, which isn’t bad considering it’s got a 2.0-litre, four-cylinder, turbo-petrol engine that produces 227bhp. It accelerates to 100km/h in 5.3 seconds, and feels incredibly refined while doing so. 370Nm of torque kicks in at just 1,800rpm. The six-speed dual-clutch gearbox, meanwhile, is a work of technological perfection. Upshifts at 4,000rpm while on the power result in a pleasing bark from the exhaust, which adds a little drama to the driving experience.
The steering is beautifully precise and sharp. In fact, on the road, you almost have to unwind some lock because the steering rack is faster and sharper than you would first imagine. The other remarkable thing is the ride quality, which is extremely complaint on the road – and yet manages to keep the TT completely flat and composed on the track.
If it sounds like we’re gushing – well, we are a little bit! We do wish it looked as aggressive from the rear as it does from the front. You can always wish for more power, but, at Rs. 60 lakhs (ex-showroom), the TT that makes a lot of sense. You can commute in it over the week, and then indulge in a little play over the weekend. Consider us TT fan-boys from now on…