By on April 8, 2010

Just as certain celebrities reach a critical mass of surgical alterations, where a new nose or chin can go completely unnoticed, the 2011 update to the Audi TT barely registers. And like any aging celeb, it looks remarkably good… until you put it next to a photo of an original. Compared to Peter Schreyer’s timeless bauhaus lines, the TT is showing the wear and tear of Hollywood living, with its heavy eyeliner and tacked-on curves. Not that we’d turn down a date, mind you…

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    Perhaps it’s evidence of my predilection for cougars (of the older women variety, not the Mercury), but I actually prefer the new TT to the first gen. I used to love driving my parents’ first gen TT, especially in snow – snick snick 6 speed, Quattro, 225hp – sahweet. But when I see one on the road now, it just looks too twee. The new car looks more serious, like it’s done messing around and knows what it wants, if you know what I mean.

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    Madeleines Petite French Cakes

    Could you summarize what the changes are? I thought I knew the car like the back of my hand, but I really can’t tell any difference.

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      From Audi’s Press Release:
      The most obvious feature at the front of the car is the powerful bumper, which frames the larger air inlets with three-dimensional, sharply drawn out edges. The fog lights are set in chrome rings. Also sporting a new look are the lattice of the single-frame grille in high-gloss black and the optional xenon plus headlights. Twelve white LEDs arranged in a straight line at the lower edge of the headlights serve as the daytime running lights. These together with the wings in the headlight body are classic Audi design features.

      The tubular, apparently floating reflectors of the tail lights add visual depth to the rear end of the car. The large tailpipes of the exhaust system – the 2.0 TFSI features a dual exhaust – and the larger, flat black diffuser set additional accents. A spoiler that extends at 120 km/h (74.56 mph) improves downforce.

      The upgrades to the TT Coupe and the TT Roadster have added two centimeters (0.79 in) to both cars, which now measure 4,187 millimeters (13.74 ft) in length. The width of 1,842 millimeters (6.04 ft) and the height of 1,352 millimeters (4.44 ft) and 1,357 millimeters (4.45 ft) for the Coupe and Roadster, respectively, remain unchanged. The wheelbase measures 2,468 millimeters (8.10 ft). Four new metallic colors have been added to the TT color range: Scuba Blue, Oolong Gray, Volcano Red and Dakota Gray. Daytona Gray, pearl effect is also available with the S line package

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    The original TT was a bauhaus classic, and will be a collector’s car. It is probably impossible to follow up something like that with something better. Audi’s done a decent job, but I agree…this doesn’t have anything on the original.

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    “The fog lights are set in chrome rings.”

    So Audi too has discovered the tasteful chrome surrounds on the doors of perception?

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    To me, the original TT looked like a front-engined remake of the Porsche 356 series. Now, it’s a shrunken A5.

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      Considering they are largely the same underneath, I’d probably go with a Scirocco R over this. It’s just a more interesting car. The TT has never done it for me because its fundamentally a sexxed up commuter car. It may look like a shrunken A5, but the A5 is a real Audi with real Torsen Quattro. This is still a fake.

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    The most obvious feature at the front of the car is the powerful bumper…

    Wow, a powerful bumper! I must have a powerful bumper at once. That way I can push cars with less powerful bumpers right off the road, or out of parking spaces, except in the case where someone has tubular, apparently floating reflectors.


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    The LEDs have very quickly become cliche. The BMW corona lights are fantastic; these are reminiscent of ’70’s disco lights and without restrained application lose their “special” effect.

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    I’ve owned one of the original TT’s (purchased one year old) for nine years now, and I’ve been reasonably happy with it. It adds a modicum of fun to my commute, gets reasonably good milage, handles the snow well, gets appreciative comments, and has enough room in the back for luggage for a two week road tour – I even got a 40″ flat screen TV home in it. I do slightly prefer the look of the updated version, but on the other hand, the visual changes have been so minor that I have not yet managed to convince myself to spend the money to update. My current one has aged well, and service costs have been reasonable. When and if I do make the plunge, I am thinking a one or two year old A5 makes more sense also.

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      A good friend of mine just bought himself a new S5 – it, and its A5 siblings are wonderful cars. If you need a little more space and ride comfort than the TT has to offer, it’s an excellent choice.

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    The biggest problem with the current TT is the lack of a manual transmission Quattro model.

    The best selling models of the first generation TT were the 4 cylinder turbo quattros and those models don’t exist in the current line-up.

    Big thanks to Audi USA Marketing for forcing everyone buy a DSG. The DSG transmission is great, but it’s potential future repair costs outside warranty are seriously scary.

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    Uncle Mellow

    Never liked the original TT. You couldn’t tell which was the front and which was the back. It was just a re-bodied Mk4 Golf , and I had trouble walking past Mk4 Golfs without stopping to admire their lines and detailing.

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    I like the front end on the 2011 car, but TT’s are hairdressers’ cars… always have been, always will be. I almost bought a late-model turbo version, but came to my senses and bought a new 350Z.

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