2009 Audi TTS Coupe

By the time I had my turn in the TTS, winter tires were fitted and the temperatures hovered around 50 degrees. Such is life in Michigan.

I found the TTS coupe to be more useful than the roadster we sampled a few weeks earlier due to the extra space it affords in the trunk and the folding rear seats. I was able to put a pair of rifles in individual soft cases in the hatch, which probably wouldn't be possible in the roadster. There was plenty of room left for all the other supplies needed for a day at the range. I doubt many TTS owners are overly concerned with toting rifles to the range, but now they know it's possible.

Unlike Evan McCausland, I prefer the TTS in coupe form. In addition to the extra storage, the visibility is a little better when compared to a roadster with the top up - though the steep angle of the rear hatch can still cause problems when you want to back out of a parking spot and there are SUVs or trucks parked next to you. And the coupe will save you $2000. I don't know that a $2000 difference in price makes the coupe any more of a value proposition, but it certainly doesn't hurt.

This is the most potent TT on the (U.S.) market, and the car looks and feels very good. I'm still a little undecided on the TTS and where it stands in the market, but I'm not going to hesitate to spend more time behind the wheel of one.

Phil Floraday, Senior Online Editor

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