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  •   Sam Preston reacted to this post about 2 years ago
    Sam Preston posted a new blog post in Audi TT 8J 2nd generation
    Beat this! 902bhp 8J TTRS Storm Developments’ Veyron-toppling coupé takes 2.5 TFSI tuning to the extreme. Exactly how far can you go when tuning a hot Audi powered by that celebrated 2.5 TFSI engine? Storm Developments made it its personal mission to find out with this TTRS. Words Sam Preston. Photography Adam Walker.
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  •   Sam Preston reacted to this post about 2 years ago
    Mike Houston, Cumbria #2013 #Audi-TT-Black-Edition-2.0-TFSI #Audi-TT-8J #Audi-TT

    We are now on our second Series 2 TT, after owning an MG TF Roadster which was great but suffered from dodgy build quality and was non-turbo so a bit sluggish. We bought our silver 2.0 TFSI in 2011 – it had the earlier 200 PS 2.0 #Audi TFSI engine with 280 Nm of torque, which was a step up from the 135 bhp MG, although we subsequently had it Superchipped to 240 bhp and 350 Nm, which made a huge difference.

    It had full leather seats, which were replaced under warranty due to sagging. We drove it all the way to the south of France and back, but as the car clocked up over 60,000 miles and a cambelt change was looming we felt it would be a good time to change.

    In early 2014, with the new TT on the horizon, we opted for an ex-demo Black Edition model; registered in late 2013 and with only 4000 miles, it was almost a brand-new car. This is apparently the most sought-after variant, and is fully loaded, with Xenon lights, Bose sound system, parking sensors, 19-inch alloys, RS-style bumpers etc. Ours also has the comfort pack, comprising auto lights and anti-dazzle mirror.

    A step up from the base model, it just feels more luxurious, better handling, and has the 211 PS valvelift engine which kicks out 350 Nm of torque and actually feels very close to the previous engine in its Superchipped form. Its fuel economy is 35 mpg against 31 mpg for the older engine. The only disappointment is tyre wear. The standard Toyo Sports only lasted 9,000 miles on the front, and as the car is mainly used by my wife for commuting, it was considered excessive. A call to Audi UK resulted in £300- worth of vouchers, by way of an apology.

    The TT is a great car, especially in Roadster form, so why buy a tin-top as the convertible roof is well insulated and it retracts automatically. I think Audi have lost their way with the new TT as it is overpriced, and apart from the satnav built in to the instrument console, it offers little over the Series 2, which still looks fresh – unlike the Series 1 TT, which looks like a wheelbarrow!

    ‘The TT is a great car, especially in Roadster form, so why buy a tin-top?’
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  •   Davy Lewis reacted to this post about 3 years ago
    Buying a #Audi-TT-RS-Roadster . Andrew Chapple takes you through the process. Photos: Neil Birkitt. #Audi-TT-8J

    ‘ It was interesting to browse the handful for sale and compare what I wanted with what was out there...’

    In 2002 a hobby tinkering with cars became a full-time job for me, buying and selling quality Volkswagen Group cars. Since then I’ve never been short of the keys to something interesting from the #VW-Group , but I still like to have a car I can call my own.

    My first Audi was a 2001 S3, heading up a series of fast S and RS cars including a 2.7T S4, and a number of RS 4 Avants. In 2014, fed up with expensive to fix, relatively old cars, I bought my first new car, a Mk 7 Golf R which was a spectacular hot hatch, but I never bonded with it, due its relatively uninspiring 4-cylinder engine.

    So, pretty quickly I started looking for something with more of a ‘sense of occasion’. The all-new Porsche Boxster introduced in 2012 was top of the list, but inflated summer prices told me to be patient and resume the search in the autumn. I did, but I could never find the perfect combination of price, colour, mileage and specification, and there was barely any seasonal dip in prices due to relatively short supply.

    The Audi TT has always been seen as a Boxster rival, but I’d never considered one for myself until late 2014 when I bought a 2008 TTS Coupé to sell on. This was the first TT I’d driven that had the level of performance I required, but the 4-cylinder engine was a little soulless. Anyway, I wanted a convertible so I decided to go one better and look for a TT RS Roadster.

    Before turning to the classifieds I read all the road-test reports and, as suspected, the RS’s 5-cylinder engine was the recipient of as many bouquets as the chassis dynamics received brickbats. I’ve been able to compare the road-test verdicts of a lot of cars with my own, and I consistently perceived a distinct disparity between what many road-testers see as a high priority and what’s important to me in the real world. For example, a Boxster’s agility on track means a lot less to me than the security a TT quattro offers when driving on the road in poor weather conditions. Thankfully, the award-winning 5-cylinder engine is at least a match for the 3.4 flatsix in the Boxster S, both in performance and character, and in the real world the tremendous turbocharged torque trounces the relatively gutless Porker.

    So, the search was on. Having never bought or sold a TT RS before, it was interesting to browse the handful for sale and compare what I wanted with what was out there. Satellite navigation was a must for me, and most seemed to have it, but less common were cruise control and rear parking sensors, although both can be retro-fitted relatively easily, unlike heated seats which – thankfully – were standard, a common RS theme.

    I’ve never thought the standard 18-inch wheels were worthy of the RS model and even the appeal of better ride quality didn’t help their cause but I didn’t rule them out, because they could be upgraded at a later date.

    Bucket seats, Magnetic ride, 19-inch Rotor alloys and sports exhaust would all be nice but, with so few examples for sale, to make them essential would limit the choice of cars massively, as would specifying a particular colour, although Daytona grey would be top of the list.

    I quickly focused on two cars advertised on Autotrader, the first a low-mileage #2010 car in Suzuka grey with satnav, acoustic rear parking sensors, Bose sound system and Bluetooth. The seller, an Aston Martin main dealer, had erroneously listed it as having cruise control but, judging by the black exhaust tips, had missed the sports exhaust. Audi UK now provide a ‘spec check’ freephone hotline on 0800 542 3037 and a quick call confirmed the absence of cruise control but also the presence of the rare and desirable sports exhaust option. It was enough to make up for the modest 18-inch wheels which, with a bit of a discount off the asking price, I could afford to replace. As it was a contender, I performed an HPI check which stated there had been just two owners, the first for around three months which, along with the high specification, suggested it had started life as a dealership demonstrator. The check also revealed that the car was subject to a finance agreement known as ‘unit stocking’ where a dealership uses finance to fund the cars on their forecourt.

    This is routine and of little relevance, apart from the fact that the finance term was coming to an end, so the dealership should have been keen to move the car on, or so I thought. On speaking to a salesperson I was told in no uncertain terms that the price had already been reduced significantly and wouldn’t be lowered any further, so I made my apologies and moved on to the next car.

    Production of the #Audi-TT-RS-8J ended in early 2014, so finding an ex-demo ‘64’ reg at Southend Audi that had hit the road in October 2014 was quite a surprise, especially at £10,000 less than list price! The specification was pretty basic, however, with just satnav fitted over standard, and with the price stretching my budget I couldn’t justify the expense for a car that only had its newness going for it, something that time would soon erode.

    With little else in the classifieds, I decided to have a look at the British Car Auctions (BCA) website to see what was listed amongst the main dealer part-exchanges. Over the last 10 years it has become the norm for main dealers to dispose of their trade-ins at auction to ensure that a fair price is yielded on the open market, rather than being sold directly to motor traders, a process liable to corruption.

    I did have a look earlier in the week and saw nothing of interest – no surprise, as the TT RS is a relatively rare car, and at nine days before Christmas there wasn’t a huge amount of activity in the used car market.

    So, imagine my surprise when I saw a freshly-listed 2010 TT RS Roadster with 16,500 miles due to be auctioned at BCA’s Nottingham site two days later! The car was listed simply as ‘Grey’ with no images to confirm whether it was Suzuka or Daytona. The vendor was Mercedes Retail Group, a good sign as their main dealers send anything non-Mercedes to auction, even if they meet their approved used car standards, in order to keep their forecourts unsullied by rival brands – others cherrypick the best trade-ins for themselves, auctioning only sub-standard cars.

    Another call to the Audi Spec Check line revealed some even better news – it was indeed Daytona grey, with around £10,000 worth of options which ticked all my boxes and more. They also confirmed the service history which consisted of just the one visit when the car was two years old, meaning that the second one was slightly overdue if only on time, not mileage. HPI’s data again suggested the car was an ex-main dealer demonstrator, with its second (of two) owners taking possession when just a few months old.

    Purely by coincidence, I’d penciled in a visit to BCA’s Nottingham site on the following day, and so I assumed it would be a simple matter to at least have a walk around the car somewhere on their site, and I could then bid for it online a day later. Unfortunately, it wasn’t as simple as that as the car was being valeted and was tucked away in a restricted area, so the only option was to wait around for that day’s sale to end when the cars for the next day’s sale would be assembled, something which involved a few hours of loitering but was well worth the effort.

    While there are many risks when buying from auction, one benefit is that you can take as long as you like to look around the bodywork which is usually presented clean and dry, something not always possible even when buying from a dealership. Risk is also reduced by the mechanical and condition reports which most of BCA’s cars have, to encourage online sales, but you simply can’t beat seeing a car in the metal, especially when it’s an RS. For example while tyre tread depths are listed on the mechanical report, tyre brand is not – so you’d never know if the car had four different makes of tyre fitted, bad on any car but a definite no-no on a quattro! Another example is brake discs, which on an RS are notoriously expensive and yet the mechanical report doesn’t even mention them – buy a car with worn front and rear brakes and you can be looking at a bill in excess of £2,000 on some models, enough to make you wish you’d gone for an Audi Approved used car.

    But that would be too easy and anyway there was nothing in the dealer network which fitted the bill so it was just as well that, from what I could see, this example appeared to be at least as good as anything an Audi Centre would deem fit for stock. It had four good Michelin tyres (three of which were the originals), barely worn brakes, blemish-free bodywork and even the tricky to refurbish Rotor wheels were perfect. Another good sign was that the number plates were still the originals fitted by the supplying dealer, Birmingham Audi, where my enquiries confirmed that the car had indeed started life as a demonstrator.

    There would still be a significant amount of risk involved in buying a car I hadn’t even heard running, let alone test driven, but my professional verdict was that it would be hard to find a better example, especially one with this perfect combination of extras; all I needed to do was decide how much it was worth to me, before the next morning, and then get online and bid.

    Over the last few years online bidding at car auctions has become widespread, but the fact of the matter is that the cars are rarely cheap enough to justify the risks involved without a physical inspection, as only around half the information needed to fully assess a car is supplied and even this is quite often less than accurate. On this occasion, however, having already performed the legwork, modern technology would save me a long and potentially fruitless trip back to Nottingham.

    With the popularity of online auction sites, the process of bidding will be familiar to most people, the difference with BCA’s Live Online website is that it is possible to receive audio and video feed from the auction hall, making it feel as if you are physically there. It is all too easy, though, to miss the slot when your car is receiving bids, so make a note of the start time of the batch of cars yours is in, and its lot number. By allowing around a minute for each preceding car, you can get a reasonably accurate idea of when yours will be coming through.

    I wasn’t buying this car to sell on, so I could be a little more bullish with my bidding than usual but there was no point paying more than I could buy from a dealer or even a private seller, so I used the TT RS at Aston Martin as my basis for pricing, figuring that if I could get this far superior example for a similar price I’d have done well. As it happened, bidding was buoyant and I had to go beyond this figure to secure the car, something I justified on the basis that upgrading the Aston Martin car to my desired spec would cost significantly more. Also, some extras such as Magnetic ride would be impossible to retro-fit, while others such as bucket seats and sports exhaust would be tricky to find on the used market, and then there was the less appealing colour. As a result, I was happy that I’d secured a well-equipped example in absolutely tip-top condition for around £2,500 less than a dealer would be selling it for. All I needed to do now was drive it!

    Even after 13 years of buying cars for a living, I still get excited about driving a model I’ve never driven before but, when buying from auction, nervousness tends to be the dominant emotion, usually in direct proportion to the amount of money at stake. So, after a fitful night’s sleep I found myself at BCA Nottingham again where, after a swipe of my debit card, I finally got my hands on the keys.

    Opening the door for the first time, I was greeted by the sweet smell of leather and those gorgeous bucket seats that looked as good as new. I’d never driven an RS 3 or TT RS before so I was really curious to hear if the 5-cylinder engine could challenge a six for character, and as soon as I turned the key I had my answer: oh yes! The fast idle which the engine performs when cold was surprisingly loud and, once it settled down, selecting Sport mode produced an audible click from the flap in the sports exhaust and a mischievous burble from the tailpipes which turned into a fruity rasp with a blip of the throttle – perfect!

    Once on the road, my attentions turned to the ride quality as I wasn’t sure whether Magnetic ride would be sufficiently capable to make up for the 19-inch wheels but I need not have worried. Adaptive suspension like Magnetic ride is often incorrectly perceived to be the same as the standard ‘passive’ set-up unless it’s switched into one of its other modes, but Magnetic ride is a bit cleverer than that as the suspension damping is continuously adjusted to the current driving situation, whether in normal or sport mode.

    One way in which the Boxster trounces the TT, and most other sports car rivals, is in the area of luggage capacity by having both front and rear boots. The Series 1 TT Roadster was pretty dreadful in this respect, especially quattro models with their raised boot floor, but the Series 2 is ‘loads’ better with an increase from 180 litres (Series 1 quattro) to 250 litres, the same for all Series 2 roadsters whether front-wheel drive or quattro. This 39 per cent boost makes the later car a far more suitable companion for touring holidays, and on returning home I was able to test this by easily slotting in a moderately-sized suitcase, leaving space for a fair bit more, something I needed to take into consideration with a European road trip planned for the summer.

    One small fly in the ointment was a very strong smell of petrol on parking in my garage for the first time. Then I noticed that my house had filled with petrol fumes, meaning something was very definitely amiss! Armed with a torch and a keen sense of smell, I quickly spotted a leak from a sensor screwed into the high-pressure fuel pump which simply needed tightening as it was leaking fuel directly onto the exhaust manifold – my letter warning other 2.5 TFSI owners of this potentially catastrophic flaw was published in the February 2015 issue of Audi Driver.

    As mentioned earlier, a service was due so I visited South Hereford Audi where master technician Damian Davies did an excellent job and afterwards joined me for a passenger ride during which that special engine won him over also.

    The 2.5 TFSI has gained quite a reputation for its tuning potential and for just £650 an MRC Tuning Stage 1 re-map will increase the power from 340 PS to around 400-415 PS, with torque following suit, turning what many still disparagingly call a hairdresser’s car into a true giant-killer – RS 4 owners beware! MRC can also program the exhaust flap to stay open all the time in sport mode, rather than being dependent on engine speed or load, a process which can prove a little frustrating especially with the sports exhaust option.

    So should I have pushed for the Porsche or does quattro GmbH’s influence turn the TT into a true rival for Stuttgart’s finest? It’s early days yet, but so far the signs are very good indeed. I could have easily bought a similar age/mileage Boxster S, but the last generation ‘987’ Boxster just doesn’t do it for me, partly because of its ‘push me pull me’ styling, but also because, while heavily updated cosmetically, its chassis has barely changed since the 1997 original. With the #Audi TT RS, I have a more advanced car that is a pleasure to extract from my garage even in the depth of winter, when it can still apply most of its power with ease, and with an exhaust note that never fails to make me smile. Having already lost half of its original value, I should be able to keep on smiling as the depreciation, which is one of the biggest costs of motoring, should now be fairly gentle, and while Audi parts and service are never cheap, they are less likely to induce a grimace than those from Porsche. Roll on summer!

    Andrew is proprietor of Volkswizard, based in Birmingham.

    ‘It’s early days yet, but so far the signs are very good...’

    The #Audi-TT-RS
    Options (Basic car £44,885)
    • Optional colour (Daytona grey)............... £525
    • Front bucket seats in Fine Nappa leather.............................................................£1,960
    • 19-inch Rotor alloy wheels in Titanium....................................................£1,360
    • Satellite Navigation system – DVD-based and Audi Music Interface (AMI)................ £515
    • Sports exhaust................................................ £890
    • Top-speed restriction raised to 174 mph....................................................£1,360
    • Bose surround sound system .................. £485
    • Acoustic parking system (rear only)....... £305
    • Mobile telephone preparation, Low, with Bluetooth and voice control ..................... £145
    • Cruise control ................................................. £225
    • High beam assist ........................................... £125
    • Interior light package.................................. £125
    • Matt aluminium Silver styling package... £680
    • Magnetic ride.................................................. £970
    • Tyre pressure loss indicator..........................£75
    • Audi hill-hold assist .........................................£90
    Total of £9,835 worth of options
    Price of car £54,720 in total

    ‘ Production of the TT RS ended in early 2014 so it is a relatively rare car...’

    ‘ There would still be a significant amount of risk involved in buying a car I hadn’t even heard running, let alone driven...’

    ‘ I saw a freshly-listed 2010 TT RS Roadster with 16,500 miles due to be auctioned two days later!’
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  •   Davy Lewis reacted to this post about 3 years ago
    James Hickey, Marlow #2007 #Audi-TT-2.0-TFSI-S-tronic #Audi-TT-8J

    My Series 2 #Audi-TT-2.0-TFSI S tronic is the first #Audi I have ever owned. Previously I’d had a Chrysler Crossfire 3.2 V6 for about four years, before I part-exchanged it for the #Audi-TT at Reading Audi in January 2008. I loved the Crossfire because of the looks it got wherever I went and the fact that it was built on the Mercedes SLK platform, but after 50,000 miles it had started to experience various mechanical problems and I decided to chop it in for something I felt would be a little bit more reliable…

    I bought the TT because I was specifically looking for a 2.0-litre turbo-engined car with a paddle-shift gearbox. All the reviews I’d read about the 2.0 TFSI engine were excellent, one even stating that ‘It was the best 2.0 turbo they had ever driven’. I actually jumped a 6-month waiting list at the Reading Audi dealership because they had the exact specification I was looking for on a TT sitting in a warehouse in London, still wrapped in plastic, and because I wasn’t ‘ordering from the catalogue’ and specifying various options, I could take delivery right away.

    Finished in Phantom black, the car had a full black Nappa leather interior, Bluetooth phone prep and the engine and gearbox spec I wanted, so it was really a no-brainer. If I’m telling the truth, I really wanted a 4-wheeldrive car, but when I was buying and in need of ditching the Crossfire, there was no quattro version of the 2.0 turbo TT available.

    I have now owned the car for exactly seven years and have covered about 64,000 miles and I have no regrets about buying and owning it for that time. The TT has been super-reliable and I’ve had no major issues with the car at all, which is what I would expect from owning an Audi. I love the build quality, the way it handles in the corners and the way it feels in terms of how it sits on the road. The #DSG gearbox is superb, the engine feels bulletproof and I find it a very dynamic car to drive.

    I have, however, had the common minor failures that most TT owners are familiar with, such as sticky/failed paddle-shift micro-switches, a broken parcel shelf bracket, seized bonnet releases, broken plastic bonnet release handles and, after 60,000 miles, my first electric window regulator failure. These are all minor issues, though, considering the overall hugely positive experience I’ve had of owning this car.

    A couple of years ago, I was trying to decide whether to buy a new car, or carry on driving the TT. I wasn’t keen on spending so much money on a new car, and I really didn’t want to ditch the TT, so I found a local independent James Hickey, Marlow 2007 TT 2.0 TFSI S tronic Audi/VW specialist called Mark at MDM Technik, who explained how I could improve the car. I decided to give the TT a ‘refresh’ and save myself the cost of a new car and so I embarked on the somewhat addictive process of modifying it. To begin with, I really just wanted to improve the engine performance but I’ve since opted to slowly create a road-legal trackday car instead, as and when time and money allow.

    So far, I’ve added a Milltek high-flow catback exhaust system with Milltek quad tailpipes, a Revo induction system and an Autotech highcapacity fuel pump. The engine mounts have been upgraded and I’ve since added a Forge intercooler, Forge silicone boost pipes, and a Forge recirculation/dump valve. I’m now up to Revo Stage 2+ and the increase in power and torque has been epic – it’s really like driving a new car and the modifications I’ve made have re-kindled my love for the TT! I’m still using the stock turbo and it amazes me how much additional boost can be gained from the original Audi components, just with some tuning.

    I’ve had no issues with the new tuned configuration either, it all just works perfectly and at a recent rolling-road test day at AmD Essex the power readings were pretty respectable at 270 bhp and 317 lb.ft. of torque.

    The fuel consumption is higher than it was, but I’m getting near 33 mpg during steady driving out on the motorway. Even if I hammer it, I’ll still get more than 20-25 mpg, which I’m very happy about. Considering I’m pushing so much power through the front wheels, I was worried about torque steer and whether the front diff could cope but I’ve had no issues on this front either, which is perhaps testament to the quality of the components and Audi’s engineering on the standard car.

    On the exterior, I added a body kit with Phantom black/Audi silver 2-tone paint job. I swapped the stock 18-inch Turbine alloys for 19-inch ZCW wheels wrapped in Falken FK452 tyres. I also plan to add some decals, but haven’t figured out how best to do that yet. The response I’ve had to the cosmetic changes has been mixed, to say the least, and it does divide opinion. A lot of people really like the look of the car, but I think the purists are up in arms! However, I’m in the process of creating something for the track and, as such, I’m not finished yet. Ultimately, it will look more like a track car than an original TT.

    I actually tracked the car for the first time at the 2014 Audi Driver International day at Castle Combe, as part of the dedicated TT Owners’ Club track session. The mods I’ve made held up beautifully, but it quickly became obvious where the weaknesses were. After coming off the track, my brakes were burning – smoke was actually pouring out of the front wheels! The track session had made it clear that the suspension and brakes badly needed upgrading, and so I’m in the process of sourcing a TT RS big-brake kit and Whiteline anti-roll bars to stiffen up the handling in the corners.

    I’d also like to add racing seats and harnesses, new adjustable dampers and possibly a racing differential, which will allow me to tighten everything up on the car. It should make a great trackday car when I’m finished, because the lack of quattro drivetrain reduces weight, it’s tight into and out of the corners and the S-tronic shift is very fast, meaning it drives like a race car. I also get a nice popping sound from the exhaust and a kick in the back when I change up, which is something that only happens since the engine mods have been made. I’d also like to do the European Cannonball Run in it when it’s finished, although I’m going to need a competent co-driver, who doesn’t mind driving long distances across Europe for a week and wants to party hard while doing so…

    ‘The track session had made it clear that the suspension and brakes badly needed upgrading...’
    ‘I decided to give the TT a ‘refresh’ and embarked on the somewhat addictive process of modifying it...’
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  •   Davy Lewis reacted to this post about 3 years ago
    Matt Donnelly, Crawley #Audi-TT-2.0-TFSI-FWD #Audi-TT-8J #Audi-TT

    I’ve owned my TT for just over a year. It’s a 2.0 TFSI FWD in Ibis white. For me, the #Audi TT was the perfect next car up from a Polo GTI, moving me up to a sports coupé with the same sort of German build quality that had attracted me to the VW.

    The TT’s looks and styling are great, the bulging doors giving it a very wide stance and much more presence compared with similarly priced coupés. The interior is focused towards the driver, with all of the controls pointed slightly towards you, and everything is easy to reach without being cluttered.

    With regards to styling, there was one thing that I felt should be changed and that was the rear spoiler, so I’ve added the TT RS spoiler, painted in the body colour. This has made the rear of the car look much more aggressive and I think it finishes it off nicely. So far that’s the only thing I have felt the need to change on the car, but with Revo having just released the Stage 1 re-map for the VVTI engines, I will definitely be adding that soon.

    ‘There was one thing that I felt should be changed and that was the rear spoiler, so I’ve added the TT RS spoiler, and this has made the rear of the car look much more aggressive...’
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  •   Davy Lewis reacted to this post about 3 years ago
    Neil McKeown, Leven, Fife #2011 #Audi-TT-RS-S-tronic #Audi-TT-8J #Audi-TT

    I started out in the car world with a Vauxhall Nova, but quickly moved on to the VW Group with a Mk 2 Golf GTI 16V and then two Corrados, including a VR6.

    In 2002 I then decided to switch allegiances, but still within the VW Group, when I bought a new TT Coupé 225. This was finished in Misano red and had the revised specification, with the 18-inch wheels and Silver leather interior, and it was a pleasure to own, apart from the rather dull engine note. These TTs really looked totally different from anything else at the time and even now, 18 years after launch, they still look good. The only issue with this car was the very common coil-pack failure, but this was sorted out promptly by Audi Assist.

    The #Audi TT Coupé 225 was then traded in for a 2004 3.2 V6 TT in Mauritius blue, with the DSG gearbox and this was, and still is, a revelation. The 3.2 V6 sounded a lot better than the fourcylinder 1.8 turbo and this was only helped by disconnecting the vacuum valve on the exhaust so that both pipes were always open!

    This was then traded in for my first Series 2 TT, bought from Dundee Audi – a 2006 3.2 V6 in Dolphin grey with S-tronic gearbox. The Series 2 TT handled so much better than the earlier model and the interior is more spacious and easier to live with.

    This was then traded in for a 2009 TTS in Bright red, again with the customary S-tronic gearbox and Bose sound system. It was a big step up in performance from the V6 as the bigger turbo more than compensated for the drop in engine capacity. This car really was excellent – it was fast, looked good with the four tailpipes, it sounded really good for a fourcylinder and it never once got stuck in all the heavy snow of the bad winter of 2010 and 2011. These cars may not have a lot of ground clearance, but they do provide a lot of traction when required.

    In 2011 this car was traded in for my current car: a TT RS Coupé with S-tronic gearbox, finished in Daytona grey. I have always liked this colour, ever since I first saw it on the RS 4 and I think it suits the car really well. This car has the auto wipers and lights, i-Pod connector and Bose sound system with the in-dash 6-CD player, and the interior light pack. This gives LED bulbs in all the lights including the door releases and footwells and is a really cool feature.

    This car is really fast and it sounds absolutely amazing. It also rides really well, even on the 19-inch wheels, and looks spot-on, with a few touches to differentiate it from other TT models without being over the top. I have averaged just short of 26 mpg from new, as it is mainly short 10-mile journeys to and from work that the car is used for during the week.

    This car is always a pleasure to drive and I find the suspension perfectly set up for the performance of the car, and not too stiff as some magazines seem to insist.

    The S-tronic gearbox in all these TTs is an excellent feature and has been faultless in all cases. It really does give the best of both worlds, as manual mode with the paddles is great fun and it shifts gear quicker than you could with a manual gearbox, which is helpful when you have 340 bhp on tap in the RS! I recently took this car on a great road trip on some of the best driving roads in the country. From my base in Fife I drove over to Skye, passing Eilean Donan Castle en route. I then went around the whole island of Skye including over the road to Uig which is an unclassified road that has to be seen to be believed! Moving on from there, across country via Inverness to Grantown-on-Spey again through some great scenery.

    The last day involved heading over the Cairngorms past the Lecht ski centre and down to Banchory over the Cairn o’ Mount pass to Fettercairn to attend a driving day at Dundee Audi that I had been invited to. I then proceeded to drive an R8 V10 Plus and a RS 6, both of which were amazing. The whole trip was 570 miles and the TT averaged just short of 35 mpg. These few days away, combined with the Dundee Audi driving day, were fantastic if you like Audis.

    I have had no problems with this car and have not modified it at all as I can’t think of anything that needs improving. I hope purchase a new TTS this year to replace it with. This looks like a big step forward in terms of interior, while the exterior is evolution rather than revolution, which is fine by me.

    All my Audis have been looked after by Dundee Audi, who provide an excellent service and at reasonable prices. John Norrie in the sales department always looks forward to having my old cars as trade-ins, as he knows that they are washed weekly and polished regularly.

    ‘I recently took this car on a great road trip on some of the best driving roads in the country...’

    ‘The Series 2 TT handled so much better than the earlier model and the interior is more spacious and easier to live with...’

    ‘All my Audis have been looked after by Dundee Audi, who provide an excellent service...’
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  •   Davy Lewis reacted to this post about 5 years ago
    Chris Starbuck, Ware #Audi-TTS-Coupé #Audi-TT-8J #Audi-TTS #Audi-TT

    I purchased my Audi TTS from Audi as an approved used vehicle. After searching for months for the right car, in January this year I paid £20,000 for a two-owner vehicle with 30,000 miles on the clock. The car is Ibis white with half black and silver leather interior, with upgraded 19-inch RS6 alloy wheels. It was otherwise standard and in immaculate condition, exactly what I had been looking for.

    I part-exchanged a Range Rover Sport I had purchased six months before, and before that I’ve owned in excess of 20 cars, including most recently a 981 Porsche Boxster S, a Mercedes SLK 350 and BMW 1-series M-sport Coupe. I never adapted to the Chelsea tractor and with a new house purchase in December I decided it was best to change now, to free up some cash for the girlfriend’s crazy expensive taste in soft furnishings!

    I had never owned an Audi before, but my father and a friend owned an RS 5 and an S5, and wouldn’t stop going on about how impressive the quattro system was. I have always had a love for convertible sports cars but with the increasing need to travel 10,000 miles away to actually get any sun, I decided there was little point any more. So, having enjoyed the benefits of four-wheel drive with the Range Rover, but lusting after the sporty cabriolet looks of my former cars, I figured that the #Audi TTS was the perfect compromise.

    I had several thousand pounds worth of work done to the car at Audi Basingstoke before even taking delivery. I like my cars to always be in immaculate condition so they feel brand-new. The car had a full service with new pads and discs plus new tyres. I also decided to put a new OEM cat-back exhaust on so the pipes were gleaming as I knew it would never polish up well. I also had the facelift foglight surrounds and lower grille fitted to smarten up the front end and a new Audi windscreen fitted as the original was covered in minute marks.

    The car was delivered to me on a Saturday morning at 7.00 am in the snow; it was like getting a present on Christmas Day! I had the car booked in at Hazzydayz Audi Retrofitters at 8.00 am to have the Audi Navigation System Plus fitted, as this was the key option it didn’t have. It was then booked in straight after at 9.00 am with In The Detail Care at St. Albans, for a professional inside and out detail, machine polish and engine bay clean.

    The first time I stepped into the car to take it for the various works I immediately fell in love with it. The quality of the interior was not far off that of the Porsche, and it exceeded the BMW by miles. The extended stitched leather, aluminium trim and glowing white illuminated dials really make you feel like you’re inside something special. I turned on the ignition and pulled out onto the High Street where I live and as I accelerated away and the DSG gearbox changed up for me, I heard the echo of an exhaust pop and felt a big grin appear on my face. The car gripped the road fantastically in the icy weather and was considerably quicker than I had anticipated. I dropped the car off for its full detail after toying with the new RNS-E unit; which I must say is very good, if you can source one at a reasonable price.

    When I picked up the car it was literally like it had just been dropped off at the showroom straight from the manufacturers. The colour popped and was like a completely new shade of white, far more prominent than before. If only main dealers prepared their cars to this standard. I knew that by the time I reached home it would be a complete mess again, but for the five minutes of feeling like I was driving a brand-new car it was well worth it.

    The TTS is my daily driver and I have since been using it for everything from the commute to the weekly shop. It really is a good all-round car and I have had nothing but complimentary comments. I am currently averaging 27 mpg but being a new car to me, the temptation to push the right pedal is hard to resist. I would imagine you could get better if you’re sensible, but let’s face it, if you wanted a sensible choice you would opt for diesel A3 right? Overall, the running costs are so much cheaper than my previous cars. As well as better mpg, the insurance is cheaper, road tax is no longer £500 and Audi servicing is reasonably priced.

    I don’t intend on modifying the car in the normal sense. I have already spent a lot of money on adding OEM parts and preparing it, and I will continue to do so until I have a perfect example. My current plans include having the alloy wheels properly refurbished and the OEM flush rear parking sensors fitted. Then, of course, having my private number plate fitted, which is almost customary these days. I then intend on enjoying the car for what it is – a fantastic, everyday driveable sports car!

    ‘Having enjoyed the benefits of four-wheel drive with the Range Rover, but lusting after the sporty cabriolet looks of my former cars, I figured that the Audi TTS was the perfect compromise...’
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