Picked up the TTRS on Monday, really enjoying it so far - some quick pics...
Was able to move over my pcar license plate. "5CYLINDR" is also available though
Not sure why I've heard some say the brake suck. They seem great to me. This car did have the brake recall performed previously.
Interesting to compare some of the specs vs the 996tt:
Item - 996tt - TTRS
Width - 72 in - 72.5 in
(Note: 996tt is pretty wide in the rear - TTRS is as wide throughout)
Height - 51 in - 53 in
Length - 174.6 in - 165.3 in
Wheel Base - 92.5 in. - 97.2 in
(Note: 9" shorter car *and* 5" longer wheel base.)
(Note: My Mk4 Golf had a 98.9 in wheel base and 164.9 length, for reference)
Front Track - 57.7 in - 61.2 in
Rear Track - 59.9 in - 60.9 in
Gas Tank - 16.9 - 15.9
MPG - 14/22 - 18/25
(Note: non-X50 996tt is 13/20)
(Note: my best ever tank in 996tt was 26.1. I already have a 27.9 in the TTRS)
Weight - 3388 lbs - 3306 lbs
Drag - 0.31 - 0.32
Cargo all seats - 3.5 cu ft - 13.1 cu ft
Max cargo - 10.6 cu ft - 24.7 cu ft
(Note: could put 2 people in car with 2 sets of golf clubs, not that I golf, nor own clubs)
Turning circle - 34.8 ft - 36.0
Engine - 3.6L Flat 6 - 2.5L Inline 5
HP - 450 - 360
TQ - 450 - 343
Oh, also I've been very impressed by the Haldex AWD in here so far. I thought all Haldex were the same, but after some reading I see they now have "preventive" Haldex where all of the original units were "reactive". I'll need more time to get a better sense, but at least one spot where I got wheel slip in the 996tt, the TTRS holds just fine. I was expecting the opposite.
so far so good. A bit stiff suspension & on 19's, but overall it rocks. Wheels closer to the corners and seating position a bit more centered front to rear gives a nice controlled feeling going around curves. Shifting is short and crisp. Love the seats. Car is very tight/rigid construction - no creeks or any feeling of flex - lack of sunroof probably helps that. thick pillars too. Hood has 3 latches. Brakes are great. Love the notably larger storage space with a real trunk/hatch. Suspension around curves is great - need to read up on the magnetic suspension. Ride height is low with only ~1.5 finger gap between wheels and fenders, but have better clearance at front and rear bumpers getting in/out of driveway, etc - no scraping so far. I'm very happy with steering though a purest may say it gives less feedback than 996tt. Would like a little less aggressive (short distance) engagement of clutch, but I'm getting used to it. I'll probably get a Pioneer AVIC-8000 or similar to get a better head unit (w/nav) - I'm not super fond of having the same concert stereo I had in my A3. There's an electronic boost gauge bar graph in the trip computer which is a novelty, but kinda cool they put it there. Would obviously prefer a value readout though like the 996tt had. It does have an oil temp on that same screen which is nice (and the 996tt did not). Exhaust note is awesome and I could listen to it all day. Has low end torque and keeps pulling to redline with a boost (VVT, I assume) at 5500 rpms. I've read some stats for 0-60 and 1/4mi, but need to see what real owners are getting. I think most of those were quoted for DSG with launch control. Though at least Motor Trend reported 4.2/12.8@108 for the US manual. Other reports were quicker (zeroto60times.com: 3.5/11.9). I believe Audi quoted 4.1 0-60.
Cornering abilities may be enhanced by the Toyo Proxes T1 Sports it has on. Just checked $370/ea TR. So the $1500 worth of tires may help, based on price alone.
Thankfully Sumitomos HTRZ3 are available in 255/35R19 size, and only $162 (reg $180) right now. At $650/set, that's about what the 996tt had (225/40R18 + 295/40R18), and I was very happy with those tires for the price.
I do see Hankook Ventus V12 evo K110 are on closeout right now $197 -> $129. I have deja vu I've heard decent about these as well? Maybe I should buy some for the future at this price, but my tires seem to be in good shape, so might not be worth taking up storage space with these if I don't need them for 2 years...
996tt was still a blast to drive, but just time for a change. I even had fun when I took the new owner out for a drive before he bought it. There was no way he could say no after that drive
First week has been great, have about 800 miles on it I think.
Overall, it's a blast to drive and I enjoy it being 8 years newer than my 996tt, and overall more modern, civil (except suspension/wheels on bad roads), etc.
'12 Audi TTRS, Ibis White, Black Alcantara, Sport Exhaust Pkg - 32k miles
'14 Audi Q5 TDI, Glacier, S Line, Sport Int, Nav, B&O, Tow - website - 20k miles
'09 VW Tiguan 2.0T, Candy White - Hers - 70k miles Past:
'04 Porsche 911 Turbo, Speed Yellow, X50 - website - 45k miles '08 Audi A3 2.0T, Ibis White, DSG, S-line - website - 54k miles '02 Audi S4 Avant, Imola Yellow, APR Stg3 - website - 191k miles '01.5 VW Golf 4dr 1.8T, Satin Silver, APR Stg3 - website - 203k miles
'00 Audi A4 1.8T, Silver, APR Stg2 - website - 61k miles
You are going to love this car for a lot of reasons. We have jokingly called mine "the wagon" on more than one occasion. Of course we originally came out of a Miata with a grand total of 6 cu ft of storage....
The haldex works very well. I use my TT year round, and with a good set of snows you will never get stuck.