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2001 Audi TT Convertible

2dr Roadster 5-Spd

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Source: New Car Test Drive

by Paul Dana

The automotive press whipped up quite a frenzy over the Audi TT Coupe when it hit these shores last May. And who could blame us? Seldom have we seen such a daring design achieved through purity and simplicity of form. Inspired by the original "bathtub" Porsches and the Auto Union Grand Prix cars of the 1930s, the TT Coupe makes onlookers snap to attention, but it does so with subtlety. The rearward slope of its roofline speaks of speed. The aluminum-trimmed interior oozes authenticity.

The TT Roadster, due here in the spring of 2000, makes an equally emphatic statement, while possessing its own unique design and engineering touches. Park the two together on the showroom floor, and prospective buyers (at least, those who don't think bathtubs are a horrible basis for car design) are likely to be torn between two sources of rapture. The Coupe, arguably, is more serious. The Roadster, more true to its roots.

From the beginning, Audi intended to produce both versions. In fact, just a few months after the Coupe concept debuted in 1995 at the German Motor Show in Frankfurt, a Roadster concept appeared in Tokyo. Like the Coupe, the TT Roadster is built on the same platform as Volkswagen's Golf, Jetta, and Beetle, but the Roadster was designed from the outset to take into account the lack of a roof, and it boasts a number of integral chassis-stiffening measures. These include a meaty dashboard mount and windshield frame, thicker steel side sills, and strengthened A-pillars that contribute to excellent rollover protection. While the Coupe is a 2+2, the Roadster is a two-seater, allowing Audi to retain from the original show car the classic roll hoops behind each seating position. You're forgiven if you think you're sitting on the grid at the Nurburgring.

The Roadster comes with either a manual-operated top or an optional power unit activated by a single button. A tonneau cover keeps the lines clean when the top is down, while an innovative, electrically powered glass windbreak, shaped to mimic the curves of the roolhoops, slides up behind the passengers to minimize cockpit buffeting.

New on the Roadster is an optional "Authentic" interior package, most notable for its use of prominent baseball-glove stitching on the seats, together with reddish-colored leather on the steering wheel, gear shift, door panels and the aluminum struts that join the console to the dashboard. The thick leather stitching was one of the styling triumphs from the concept car, and we're glad to see it reappear in production.

The Roadster is available in two versions. The base model carries the 185-horsepower, 1.8-liter, 20-valve, turbocharged four-cylinder engine that powered the original Coupe, with a five-speed manual and front-wheel drive. Enthusiasts will opt for the six-speed, quattro, 225- horsepower version, making 207 foot-pounds of torque, up from 172 foot-pounds for the base model. The gains come courtesy of increased boost pressure and cleaner intake and exhaust breathing. Expect 0-60 mph times with the more potent car to fall into the 6.0-second range.

Audi expects to import around 10,000 TT's next year, split evenly between Coupe and Roadster (up from 4000 Coupes in '99). Audi's Roadster faces stiff competition from category-creators like the BMW Z3 and the Mercedes SLK, plus new contenders such as Honda's screaming S2000. Nevertheless, if there is such a thing as German soul, the TT has it. Its striking appearance, plus the availability of four-wheel drive, will undoubtedly create converts.

Manufacturer Info Sources
1-800-FOR-AUDI
http://www.audiusa.com

© 2000 New Car Test Drive, Inc.

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HID Headlights Opt
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Original Warranty  help
Original Warranty
An original warranty is the warranty associated with a vehicle when it is brand new. In addition to the original warranty, select items, like tires, are typically covered by respective manufacturers. Also, an act of Federal law sometimes provides protection for certain components, like emissions equipment.
The original warranty is often broken down into multiple sections, including:
Basic Warranty:
Typically covers everything except for parts that wear out through normal use of the vehicle. Examples of non-covered items are brake pads, wiper blades and filters.
Drivetrain Warranty:
This warranty covers items the basic warranty does not protect. Wear and tear items such as hoses will not be covered, but key items like the engine, transmission, drive axles and driveshaft often will be.
Roadside Assistance:
The level of service differs greatly with this warranty, but many manufacturers offer a toll-free number that helps provide assistance in case you run out of gas, get a flat tire or lock your keys in the car.
Corrosion Warranty:
This warranty focuses on protecting you from holes caused by rust or corrosion in your vehicle's sheet metal.
Please check the owner's manual, visit a local dealership or look at the manufacturer's website to learn more about the specifics of the warranties that apply to a vehicle.

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Audi Certified Pre-Owned Warranty  help
Certified Pre-Owned Warranty
To be eligible for Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) status, vehicles generally must be recent models with relatively low mileage. CPO vehicles must also pass a detailed inspection, outlined by the manufacturer, which is measured by the number of inspected points.
Warranty coverage can vary from one manufacturer to the next. While most certified pre-owned programs transfer and extend the existing new car warranty terms, others offer a warranty that simply represents an additional year and mileage value. Always check with the manufacturer for the specific warranties they offer.
Common features and benefits of Certified Pre-Owned warranties include:
Age/Mileage Eligibility
To even be considered for certification, a car must be a recent model year and have limited mileage. The exact requirements are established by individual manufacturers.
Lease Term Certified
Some manufacturers offer certified pre-owned cars for lease. The length of the lease is often shorter than a new car lease, but it will cost you less.
Point Inspection
These inspections entail a comprehensive vehicle test to ensure that all parts are in excellent working order. The point inspection list is simply a numbered list of exactly what parts of the car are examined. While many inspections range from a 70- to 150-point checklist, most are very similar and are performed using strict guidelines. Ask your local dealer about specific details.
Return/Exchange Program
Some manufacturers offer a very limited return or exchange period. Find out if you will get the sales tax and licensing/registration fees back should you return or exchange the car.
Roadside Assistance
Most certified pre-owned programs offer free roadside service in case your car breaks down while still under warranty.
Special Financing
Reduced-rate loans are available through many certified pre-owned programs. Manufacturer-backed inspections and warranties help eliminate the risks involved with buying pre-owned, so buyers who qualify can take advantage of the great offers.
Transferable Warranty
When a new car warranty transfers with the certification of the car and remains eligible for the next owner, it is known as a transferable warranty. Once the original transferable warranty expires, an extended warranty takes effect.
Warranty Deductible
This is the amount for which you are responsible when repair work is performed under the warranty. Some manufacturers require a deductible while others don't, so always ask.

A factory-backed limited warranty with coverage up to six years or 100,000 total vehicle miles from the origianl vehicle in-service date, whichever occurs first.¹

¹See dealer for details
Age/Mileage Eligibility 5 years or newer/less than 6,000 miles
Lease Term Certified No
Point Inspection 300+ Point Inspection and Certification Process
View the checklist
Return/Exchange Program No
Roadside Assistance Yes
Special Financing Yes
Transferrable Warranty Yes
Warranty Deductible $85

Learn more about certified pre-owned vehicles

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