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2000 Audi TT Part 1: Intro

Greg N. Brown
Aug 1, 2002
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Fresh off the boat, its gleaming silver paint looking more like a technical detail than simply an exterior color, the 2000 Audi TT Quattro Coupe-and newest member of our long-term fleet-was surrounded by a curious crowd in the office parking lot. Comments ranged from admiring to dubious, but all agreed with one observer who opined that, love it or hate it, the TT is a sure sign Audi is in good health. Struggling manufacturers, it was observed, aren't inclined to build high-tech 2+2 couples clothed in cutting-edge sheetmetal.

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Even those put off by the TT's round forms ("a New Beetle on steroids") allowed a grudging respect for the obvious high quality of materials used in the car. The TT certainly tantalizes with a lengthy list of attractive attributes, in both front-drive and all-wheel-drive forms. Both versions are powered by a 1.8-liter four which benefits from charge-cooled turbocharging to put out 180 bhp, which peaks at 5500 rpm, and 173 lb-ft of torque. The twist plateaus at 1950 rpm and doesn't fall off until 4700 rpm; on paper, the curve indicates a very healthy midrange.

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Virtually ever modern technique has been put to use to coax out maximum performance yet meet tough emissions requirements: five valves per cylinder; solid-state direct ignition with multiple coils; dual knock sensors with cylinder selective knock control; electronic throttle and electric multi-point sequential fuel injection. Bosch's latest ME 7.5 Motronic software does the juggling act. A Type K03 turbocharger supplies the boosted air. It was chosen by Audi engineers primarily because of its compact dimensions, allowing quick spool-up and helping avoid turbo lag.

A manual five-speed transmission is the sole offered gearbox; auto-shifting such an overtly sporty automobile seems pointless, and Audi's product planners seem to have agreed.

There was no question as to which drivetrain we wanted. Quattro all-wheel drive is more than just a foul-weather friend. In the dry, it makes the TT feel glued to the ground, and the cost of adding it to the option list seemed a can't-lose situation.

We also opted for the premium Bose sound system and six-disc CD changer; the Comfort Package (heated front seats; driver information display); and the Performance Package (Xenon headlamps, 17-in. cast alloy wheels, 225/45R17 performance radials).

It all adds up to a pretty picture, both visually and technically, but a year of hard driving will tell whether the beauty is merely skin deep.

Specifications: 2000 {{{Audi TT}}} Coupe
Base Price $30,500
Audio package (Bose premium sound and six-disc CD changer) $1,{{{200}}}
Comfort Package (Heated front seats, six-function driver information display) $700
Performance Package (Xenon high-intensity headlamps, 17-inch. alloy wheels, 225/45R17 performance tires) $1,000
Quattro IV all-wheel drive $1,750
Audio Package (Bose premium sound and six-disc CD changer) $1,200
Destination Charge (Bose premium sound and six-disc CD changer) $525
Price as delivered $35,675
Engine1781cc (107 cu in.) four-cyl., turbocharged, charge air intercooling
Bore x stroke 81 x 86.4mm (3.18x3.40in.)
Compression ratio 9.5:1
Max power 150 bhp (132kW) @ 5500 rpm (1.89 bar max boost)
Max torque 173 lb-ft (235 Nm) @ 1950-4700 rpm
Transmission Five-speed man., dual-mass flywheel with hydraulic clutch
Gear ratios 1:3.{{{300}}}; 2: 1.{{{944}}}; 3: 1.308; 4: 1.034; 5: 0.838; R: 3.060; Final drive: 3.938
Center differential Haldex electronically controlled multi-plate differential, automatic and variable front-to-rear power proportioning.
Rear differential Hypoid gear
Steering type Rack and pinion, variable power assist
Steering ratio 15.6:1
Turns, lock to lock 2.8
Turning circle, curb to curb 34.2 ft(10.45m)
Front suspension MacPherson strut (gas-charged) with three-point lower control arm, directly coupled stabilizer, negative roll radius
Rear suspension (Quattro) Parallelogram multi-link independent, stabilizer bar, coil spring/shock absorber (gas-charged)
Brake system ABS, vacuum power assist, asbestos-free linings, dual diagonal circuits, electronic rear brake proportioning
Brakes f/r 12.3 in. (312mm) ventilated disc/9.4 in. (239mm) solid disc
Wheels 7.5J x 17-in., aluminum alloy
Tires 225/45R17 performance radials
Engine oil 4.8 qt(7L)
Fuel tank 14.5 gal (55L)
Cooling system 7.4 qt(7L)
Wheelbase 95.6 in.(2429 mm)
Track f/r 60/59.3 in. (1525/1507mm)
L/W/H 159.1/73.1/53 in. (4041/1856/1346mm)
Ground clearance 4.4 in. (113mm)
Curb weight (man.) 3,131 lb (1420 kg)
Seating capacity 2+2
EPA mpg (estimate) Minicompact
Luggage capacity 10.8 cu ft (18.6 cu ft w/seat folded)
EPA mpg (estimate) 20 city/29 hwy
Factory Performance Figures
0-{{{62}}} mph 7.4 sec
1/4 mile 16.2 sec
Top speed (electronically limited) 130 mph
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