EDITORS NOTEBOOK: 2008 Audi TT 20T DSG

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2008 Audi Tt 20t Dsg Front View

Read Rusty Blackwell's comments on driving the 2008 Audi TT 2.0T DSG.

This is a very striking car, even if the shape may not be as pure as that of the more round original TT. This color, "sahara silver," has just a tint of tan to the silver that makes it stand out even more. The TT may seem horribly impractical, but there's a respectable amount of luggage space under the hatch, and I can actually sit behind myself in the back seat. OK, I'm only 5'6" and there's absolutely no headroom and my legs are cramped, but the rear seat is better than a Jaguar XK's and about the same as a Porsche 911's. Perfect for your briefcase and suitable for the occasional jockeylike passenger. Typical of Audi, the interior design and quality are superb; I particularly love the nicely integrated armrest/handbrake lever.

I haven't driven this car with the 3.2-liter V-6, but the familiar 2.0T DSG combo is a sweetheart, even though torque steer is abundant. Handling should be plenty sporty for most drivers, but discerning driving enthusiasts who regularly push their cars to the extreme edge should probably look elsewhere.

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