The trademark upshift blip of an Audi/Volkswagen 2.0-liter four-cylinder paired with a dual-clutch automatic transmission just may become the anthem of the modern enthusiast. It's a sensational powertrain that puts you in the mood for spirited driving, whether you're hammering down a racetrack in a GTI or plodding around the snow-covered roads of downtown Ann Arbor.
Our test car had royal blue paint over a black and gray interior. It's a beautiful car, with great details, especially on the front end, with many fine chrome lines in the grille and air dam. They're all very symmetrical and very nicely integrated. The TTS is a very capable car that lacks that final raw edge that the Porsche Boxster/Cayman chassis has, but for many people, this is all the performance they might want. Great powertrain, very crisp shifting, whether you are in drive or in the sport mode and using the steering wheel paddles. Shifts happen quickly and smoothly. Interior ambience is absolutely lovely. The nominal rear seats are barely fit for adults but when folded down there's a lot of space. We were able to do a pretty big Costco run and fit it all in with no problems. The steering is reasonably precise and communicative. I like the automatically deploying and retracting rear wing, which is subtle.