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By Ben Pulman
29 April 2008 16:17
The Audi TT TDI. Is this oil-burner from Audi another Ingolstadt niche? Or a svelte coupe and cabriolet with low-end grunt, low emissions and decent fuel consumption?
A few critics of Audi's blunderbuss new model programme worry it's another box ticked so the company can out-offer the opposition. And worse than that, perhaps Audi is offering something no one really wants. The TT is a standalone sports car, a supermodel. Should it really be allowed diesel power? Imagine Gisele Bundchen opening her mouth and speaking Scouse and you get the idea of where this could end up.
Under that elegant, mostly aluminium body sits a 2.0-litre diesel and a turbo, which together produce 168bhp at 4200rpm and 258lb ft from 1750-2500rpm. That’s 22lb ft more than the V6 petrol, and enough horsepower to push this diesel on to 140mph. Audi’s quattro drivetrain sends the power to all four wheels via a six-speed manual box.
Forget performance though - you'll probably only buy a TT TDI because of the g/km and mpg figures: 140g/km CO2 and 53.3mpg. Those figures are for the Coupe and rise and drop respectively should you buy the Roadster.
Start the engine and your ears aren’t met by instant farmyard clatter, but nearly the same starter motor whirr and sudden exhaust woofle that was present on our long-term TT 3.2 V6. Of course you can hear the diesel bass on the road, but not a badly as you might think. You could forget you were being pushed along by a compression motor if it wasn’t for the fact you had to change up soon after 4000rpm.
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RE: Audi TT 2.0 TDI driven
At my last change of car I switched from petrol to diesel. Why the prejudice against the latter? Diesels offer far more usable acceleration where it matters, i.e. low down in the rev band, MPG is considerably better and cruising at 1,500rpm at 80mph is refreshingly relaxing. For me, it's goodbye for ever to petrol buzz-boxes.
03 May 2008 12:52
"No mention of the 130kg weight penalty over the 1.8T version" Actually the majority of that extra weight will come from the Quattro 4-Wheel drive parts. Many of which are located at the back of the car.
03 May 2008 01:32
No mention of the 130kg weight penalty over the 1.8T version, and all that weight over the front wheels? I'm sure that will worsen the handling no end. Still, as it's a repmobile and will spend all its time on the motorway, it's probably not an issue for most users.
Peerless badge? Oh please...
02 May 2008 17:05
Diesel dropheads have been around for a while and if Audi is going to put an oilburner in the R8 then why not? If they can clear any hurdles in adding as many permutations to a given model and still make a profit then I think we have the ideal face of capitalism. Unfortunately the face is the butt-ugly front end of an Audi.
30 April 2008 14:54
I think they're making a decent contribution to performance diesel cars. Even though mine's petrol I still like the idea of high mpg fast cars and I do agree with the other commentators that the TT looks much better than what BMW offers right now (except the new Z4 coupe but it's no diesel.. is it?). I've sat in a TT at the showroom though and even though it looks great on the outside and even the inside... it's too claustrophobic for my taste and not enough visibility... but I guess it's the sacrifice you have to make.
30 April 2008 10:39
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