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Audi TTS and TT RS: Buying guide and review (2008-2014)

Audi TTS and TT RS: Buying guide and review (2008-2014) Classic and Performance Car
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The second-generation TT arrived in 2006: bigger, better equipped, more refined and slightly less radical but preserving the unique style of the original. The fastest version at launch was a 247bhp 3.2-litre narrow-angle V6, but that was comfortably eclipsed by the first proper ‘hot’ second-gen car – the TTS, which arrived during the summer of 2008.
The TTS had an uprated version of the latest 2.0 TFSI engine (bigger turbo, modified block, head and injectors) producing a potent 268bhp and a thumping 258lb ft of torque. It came with quattro four-wheel drive – featuring an electronically controlled Haldex diff that sent increasing levels of power to the rear wheels on detecting slip at the front – and a six-speed manual gearbox as standard, with the option of a paddleshift S-tronic twin-clutch gearbox. There was two-stage ESP, too, and the suspension was lowered by 10mm with magnetorheological damping as an option. A subtle bodykit, 18in alloys (or optional 19s) and quad exhausts were the visual telltales. Taking just 5.4 seconds to reach 62mph, the TTS had a top speed limited to 155mph.
The S was undeniably quick, but the RS, introduced in spring 2009, was on another level entirely. Developed by quattro GmbH, its 2.5-litre five-cylinder turbo engine recalled the iconic ’80s Quattro and delivered a soulful, scintillating 335bhp with 332lb ft. Initially offered exclusively with a manual ’box (an uprated, seven-speed dual-clutch option arrived in 2010), 0-62mph was slashed to just 4.7sec, though top speed was still limited to 155mph. 
Standard kit included vented discs grabbed by glossy black four-piston calipers at the front, three-stage ESP and a Sport setting to sharpen throttle response and tighten the magnetic damping. Desirable options included RS bucket seats and soft nappa leather.
In 2012 an even quicker TT RS Plus saw peak power climb to 355bhp, while 0-62mph dropped to 4.3sec. Audi also removed the limiter, allowing the Plus to run to 174mph. Serious bits of kit, these hot TTs…
Performance and specs
Audi TTS
Engine In-line four-cylinder, 1984cc, turbo
Power 268bhp @ 6000rpm  
Torque 258lb ft @ 2500-5000rpm
Transmission Six-speed manual/optional DCT, four-wheel drive
0-62mph 5.4sec
Top speed 155mph
Dimensions and weight
Wheelbase 2468mm
Length 4198mm
Width 1842mm
Height 1345mm
Weight 1395kg
Common problems
• The good news is that both engines are generally robust, and can handle substantially more power without requiring mechanical mods – a Stage 1 remap will take the S to 310bhp and the RS to a little over 400bhp. 

• Andy McLeish at specialist APS (autops.co.uk) says the 2-litre TFSI occasionally suffers premature fuel pump cam follower wear, with the potential for serious camshaft scoring. Replacement is inexpensive and well worth it for peace of mind. 

• Dave Mahoney at The TT Shop (thettshop.com) says very early examples also suffered misfiring problems due to soft valve springs, but these should have been replaced by now.

• With both engines, regular servicing – both specialists recommend an oil change annually or every 10k miles – is essential for longevity. A new cambelt is due at 70k miles or five years.

• Manual clutches can last up to 80k miles, but if an S is remapped it will need an uprated clutch; the RS comes with this as standard. 

• S-tronic ’boxes are usually trouble-free, but it’s crucial the oil and filter are changed by 40k miles. Degraded and dirty oil not only affects gearchange quality but can cause the transmission to overheat and clutches to burn out. 

• The Haldex transmission is also reliable, but must have its oil and filter changed every 20k or two years.

• Some early S models suffered brake squeal, but the problem was largely eradicated by a recall to fit vibration dampers. 

• Generally the brakes are more than up to the performance: the RS runs four-pot Brembos at the front. The standard set-up, maybe with the addition of fast road pads, is just fine

• Neither he nor Mahoney have come across any particular issues with the suspension and steering, with the odd damper the only regular problem.

• Listen for the top mounts knocking, but these cars have solid wishbone bushes so they last well.

• No corrosion issues, so just check for panel gap uniformity and any signs of overspray indicating accident repairs. 

• Inside, again, no specific issues, but any signs of excessive wear or damage to the trim would suggest the car has lived a hard life. Find a better example.
Owners clubs, forums and websites
ttoc.co.uk (owners’ club, forums, etc) 
• audi-sport.net (cars for sale, forums)
• ttforum.co.uk (advice, etc)
• audi.co.uk (approved used cars)
• autops.co.uk (independent specialist) 
• thettshop.com (independent specialist)
Summary and prices
An early, high-mileage S can be had for as little as £11k privately and around £12,500 from a dealer. If you can stretch to £14k you’ll have a wide choice of ’08/09 manuals with an excellent spec, FSH and low to average mileage. S-tronics currently start at around £15k.
The RS is rarer (there are roughly three Ss to every RS) and considerably pricier. The cheapest high-mileage manual coupe will be around £18,000 from dealers with fresher, lower mileage cars starting at around £23k. You can still pay upwards of £30k for the best S-tronics.

Words: Peter Tomalin/evo Magazine
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Last updated: 28th Apr 2016
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  • Audi TTS

    £26,990 £26,990

    Variant name:TTS TFSI QUATTRO ,Derivative:MK3 (8S) ,Variant: Coupe 2.0 TFSI quattro 310 PS S tronic Audi Connect Infotainment Services, MMI Navigation Plus including MMI Touch, Brake calipers painted in red with TTS logo, Advanced key, Audi Matrix LED Headlights, Audi Music Interface , MMI touch, Privacy glass, Comfort and Sound package, Technology Package featuring Audi Connect, Disc brakes, front, Advanced key, Front centre armrest, Door mirrors, Anti-theft alarm, MMI Navigation Plus including MMI Touch, Parking system, rear, Audi Matrix LED headlights, LED headlights, Light and rain sensors, Adaptive headlights, LED rear lights, LED headlights with LED rear lights and dynamic rear indicators, Headlight washers, Deluxe automatic air conditioning with integrated digital displays, Bang & Olufsen Sound System, Audi phone box

    • Year: 2016
    • Mileage: 22605 mi
    • Engine size: 2
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    £26,990 £26,990
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  • Audi TTS

    £31,989 £31,989

    Virtual Cockpit, Sat Nav, Online Services, Drive Select, Climate Control, Cruise Control with Speed Limit System, Heated Sports Seats with Lumbar, DAB Radio, Portable Audio Interface, Bang & Olufsen Sound, LED Headlamps, Park Distance Control, Daytime Driving Lights, Power Hood, Aluminium Mirrors, Multi Function Steering Wheel and 19" Sport Design Alloys. Full Audi Service History. Balance of Manufacturers Warranty. www.imperials.co.uk ------ Please call us to Confirm which of our 3 Essex Showrooms your desired vehicle is located at before travelling to see us, Everyone of Our Cars Goes Through Our In House Work Shop Prior to Sale by Our Fully Qualified and Experienced Technicians - Buy with Confidence, Mileage Subject to Change as Stock Rotates Between Showrooms Confirm Mileage at Time of Purchase. For up to 20 images of this vehicle and an Instant Finance Quote please view www.imperials.co.uk, We are also good buyers of all prestige, Sports and 4x4 vehicles so why not give us a call for a price on yours, Please Like us on Facebook and Follow us on Twitter, Thank You, www.imperials.co.uk

    • Year: 2015
    • Mileage: 13000 mi
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    £31,989 £31,989
  • Audi TT-S 2.0 FSi Coupe Black Edition

    £16,450 £16,450

    The second generation of the hugely successful Audi TT was launched in the UK in 2006. Compared to the previous generation, this new variant is five inches longer and three inches wider than its predecessor. This in tern offered greater passenger accommodation and luggage space. Powered by a choice of either V6 petrol engine or the more desirable, four-cylinder TFSI 2.0 litre engine. The Fuel Stratified Injection (FSI) technology was derived from the Audi Le Mans endurance race cars, and offers improved fuel efficiency as well as an increased power output and cleaner emissions. The TT-S was introduced in 2008 and used the 2.0 FSI power unit which produced an impressive 268 bhp which in turn produced a 0-60mph time of just 5.4 seconds. The Audi TT coupe offered here at Hofmann’s is a 2.0 FSI TT-S Quattro Black Edition with a 6 speed manual gearbox gearbox, finished in Ice Silver Metallic with full Black Nappa leather interior. This September 2011 ‘61’ plate” example has covered 31080 miles from new, and boast a full Audi service history most recently carried out in May 2016 at 23737 miles, and more recently had its cambelt and water pump replaced, again by Audi in November 2016 at 2

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  • Audi TTS

    £19,990 £19,990

    Satellite Navigation, Bose, Heated Seats, Bluetooth, 4x4, Full main dealer service history +++FREE NATIONAL DELIVERY+++PART EXCHANGE WELCOME+FINANCE AVAILABLE ON REQUEST - SUBJECT TO STATUS+COMPANY DIRECTORS PACKAGES AVAILABLE+ALL VEHICLES PROFESSIONALLY VALETED AND READY- Audi TTS 2.0 TFSI Quattro Black Edition Automatic registered March 2013 (13 reg) finished in Ibis White with Two Tone Black and Ivory Leather interior, BOSE Audio, Audi Satellite Navigation Plus, Bluetooth, Heated Seats, 19 Inch Twin Spoke Alloys, HID Headlamps with DRLs, Full Audi Service History on 12/06/15 at 24,138; 15/11/16 at 30,098.

    • Mileage: 30600 mi
    • Engine size: 1984
    For sale
    £19,990 £19,990