Oh boy, oh boy, oh boy!
If youíre not a gear head and just want the bottom line on the 2011 Audi TTS, here it is: This is one of the sweetest cars you will ever drive.
Available in coupe and roadster body styles, the premier all-wheel drive sports vehicle also comes in two models ó TT and TTS.
For the 2011 model year, the TT receives a boost in horsepower, along with a few cosmetic changes and a lot more standard features.
The TT Coupe (base price $38,300) and TT Roadster (base price $41,300) are powered by 2.0-liter turbo I-4 engine producing 211 horsepower and 258 lbs.-ft. torque.
Mated to either a six-speed manual or six-speed S tronic with manual paddle shift option transmission, it has a 0-60 mph time of 5.3 seconds.
Requiring premium unleaded fuel, it is rated as an Ultra Low Emissions Vehicle and has an EPA fuel economy rating of 22 mpg city, 31 mpg highway.
For those wanting even more power, the TTS Coupe (base price $47,000) and TTS Roadster (base price $50,000) are powered by a 265 horsepower version of the same engine, yet yields identical fuel economy specs.
The TTS has a 0-60 mph time of 4.9 seconds.
When it comes to performance and agility, this is one of my favorite cars of all time.
It is so smooth and responsive, itís almost like itís one step ahead of what Iím thinking.
Almost as soon as I think of where I want the car to go, itís like the carís already there.
Using Audiís quattro all-wheel drive system, this car glides through the curves like you wouldnít believe.
For those who want a truly exceptional driving experience, you really need to get behind the wheel of the Audi TT and TTS.
Let me put it this way; you might have to join NASCAR to have more fun on four wheels.
Inside, the cabin is equally impressive as the carís performance.
Audi does everything first class and the TT and TTS is no exception.
The 10-way power adjustable leather sports seats are among the most comfortable on the road and the multi-function steering wheel feels like it was tailor made for your hands.
For the record, if you really want to treat yourself, the TT is available with optional Baseball Optic leather seats that look and feel just like an oversized catcherís mitt. Someday when I hit the lottery, those seats will be included in my order.
Itís also loaded with a long list of standard safety equipment, including electronic stabilization program, anti-lock brakes, anti-slip regulation, hill hold assist, tire-pressure monitoring system, Xenon plus headlights with automatic range adjustment, LED daytime running lights, Bluetooth connectivity, dual frontal airbags and knee airbags, side-impact airbags and anti-theft alarm system, to name but a few.
Roadster models are also equipped with a retractable top that raises or lowers in seconds with just a touch of the button, making it a perfect vehicle to hit the road in on a warm sunny day.
Itís also available with navigation and a really, really nice audio system with satellite radio.
If I didnít mention it earlier, go test drive the Audi TT!
Neal White has been covering the automotive industry for more than 20 years and is affiliated with the Texas Auto Writers Association.
2011 Audi TT
4-seat sports coupe
or 2-seat roadster†
TT Coupe, TT Roadster, TTS Coupe, TTS Roadster
2.0-L turbo I-4
(211/265 hp/258/258 torque)
6-speed S tronic
EPA: 22 mpg city, 31 mpg highway
FUEL: Premium unleaded
quattro all-wheel drive with ASR and electronic stabilization program
LENGTH: 165.3 in.
WHEELBASE: 97.2 inches
WIDTH: 72.5 inches
HEIGHT: 53.1 inches
WEIGHT: 3153-3395 lbs.
TRACK: 61.2/60.9 inches
FUEL TANK: 15.8 gallons
TIRES: 18-, or 19-inch
CARGO: 13.1/8.8 cubic feet (coupe/roadster)