We all know the Mk1 is a discount, however the Audi TT Mk2 is now creeping into price range for many, we try what you could know earlier than parting methods along with your money.
The Mk1 Audi TT was one thing of a revelation. We talked about in our Mk1 shopping for information that automobiles merely don’t go into manufacturing in what is basically idea kind. So how does a producer observe that? It does so by producing a automobile with cleaner strains however completely refreshing it to include the most recent know-how and boy does it make the Audi TT Mk2 a great one.
Whereas the Mk1 made do with a Golf platform that in some methods hindered its skills, the 2006-launched Audi TT Mk2 acquired a barely extra bespoke package deal within the type of an aluminium and metal Audi house body primarily based on the PQ35 platform, in any other case often called the A5. You may be pondering that’s a automobile that’s too massive for this utility, however in reality the Mk2 provided sharper dealing with and driver involvement to offer a extra rewarding package deal total.
As fans you’ll know that you just acquired an entire host of engine decisions with the Mk2 TT, identical to you do on most Audi fashions; this lets you correctly determine what fits your wants. First up, Audi ditched the Mk1’s 1.8-litre turbo four-pot in favour of the two.0-litre TFSI discovered within the Golf GTI. This meant that the beginning block for efficiency on the TT when launched in 2006 was 200bhp, 0-62mph in 6.4 seconds and 150mph high pace. This was solely in coupé kind to start with, your roadsters didn’t go on sale till the tailed of 2006, some eight months after the coupé launched. The roadsters did get the identical engine and transmission choices as provided on the coupé fashions.
Subsequent up, that peach of an engine from the Mk1, the three.2-litre V6, was carried throughout. Efficiency was rated at a wholesome 250bhp with figures claiming a 0-62mph dash time of simply 5.7 seconds and electronically-limited 155mph high pace. One factor to notice right here, all V6s had been outfitted with Quattro, whereas the lesser-powered 2.0-litre got here solely in FWD utility. That’s essential when selecting which mannequin takes your fancy.
Following the launch of the roadster late in 2006, the TTS arrived. This boosted energy to 268bhp and was fitted once more solely with Quattro which means your 0-62mph time was now 5.4 seconds and high pace once more was restricted to 155mph. The roadster model was marginally slower, however the distinction is negligible. One other factor to notice right here, all TTS fashions had been fitted with Audi’s adaptive magnetic damping system. Whereas the intelligent damping system isn’t identified to be a typical downside, fixing any points might be costly so do take that under consideration.
These wanting the sports activities automobile way of life however with the additional financial system might accomplish that following the launch of the TTS due to a 2.0-litre turbodiesel with 170bhp. But it surely’s the mannequin that adopted that acquired not solely Audi and TT fans excited, however the motoring world, welcome, then, the TTRS. The long-awaited automobile was teased for a while earlier than it arrived in 2009 and it got here with that whopping 2.5-litre five-pot that hit the candy spot when it comes to efficiency in addition to that unique noise. Efficiency was a colossal 340bhp taking the 0-62mph down an entire second on the TTS to 4.4 seconds and on to 174mph if the primary proprietor opted to have the pace limiter lifted. Now was a automobile that had beautiful strains in addition to a peach of an engine that might fear even the extra succesful supercars in the true world. Mated to the DSG gearbox and Quattro system, gear shifts had been sharp and traction was hardly ever a difficulty.
How do you observe a 2.5-litre five-pot, with a 1.8-litre TFSI in fact… it’s complicated how Audi chooses to launch merchandise in an uncommon timeline, however that’s what it’s. This was now the child of the vary, and essentially the most inexpensive. Gone was Quattro and FWD changed it. Energy sat at a humble 160bhp.
The next 12 months, 2010, your entire vary acquired a mid-life replace. This introduced in LED daytime operating lights as commonplace for all fashions badged S Line, whereas the two.0-litre TFSI engines acquired a spruce up in efficiency, lifting energy from 200bhp to 211bhp and giving all non-RS fashions a sport button to regulate throttle sensors.
On the high of the tree for the Mk2 TT was the TTRS Plus, a designation that Audi would later go on to make use of on its R8 fashions. This lifted energy over the already bonkers 340bhp RS to 360bhp. Not too shabby for a “hairdressers” automobile.
With the historical past out of the best way, it’s time to have a look at what you ought to be searching for when shopping for one. The excellent news is that as a result of it’s a 2006+ automobile, the oldest examples are solely 13 years previous; VagCom diagnostics software might be your finest buddy if you understand how to make use of it. Many of the details about the automobile might be learn via the software, this consists of the present put on on the DSG field, which is essential as we all know issues with the field might be reasonably costly.
Nonetheless, don’t make the error of pondering that as a result of the automobile isn’t previous you shouldn’t be too nervous about lacking historical past or slight downside areas. Historical past on any automobile is at all times key; the automobile you’re taking a look at could solely be 7 years previous but when it’s missed the final two main providers and has been bashed off the limiter half of its life, you don’t need to be the individual that picks up the bill for the issue when it will definitely breaks.
You’ll be happy to listen to that each one 5 engines have confirmed to be largely dependable through the years ought to servicing have been adhered to. The intervals for such are 19,000 miles or two years, whichever comes first. If you happen to’re trying on the 2.0-litre fashions, word that cambelts ought to have been modified at 75,000 miles, if the automobile you’re taking a look at is coming as much as that milestone, the price of alternative isn’t astronomical, however between £300 and £500 (relying on impartial or important supplier) is a powerful bargaining software when negotiating.
Keep in mind there are two completely different 2.0-litre engines, one earlier than and one after 2010. The sooner automobiles had been fitted with the EA113 engine, which is cambelt pushed, the latter is the EA888 engine, which is chain pushed. Each are tuneable, and each are identified to be dependable.
Ignition coil packs are one in all identified issues and may trigger misfiring. You’ll discover this if the engine isn’t operating easily or if the engine fails altogether. Every cylinder carries a coil pack and that’ll set you again round £35 per pack, so bear that in thoughts.
House owners have famous that the TT might be pretty heavy on oil use, so this shouldn’t be trigger for concern, simply one thing to be cautious of earlier than shopping for one.
Most automobiles had been bought with a DSG gearbox, thus most automobiles you’ll be wanting to buy may have the semi-auto field. That is no unhealthy factor because the DSG system is a complicated and slick working machine, when it really works. Audi did recall Mk2s constructed between August and September 2009 for incorrect clutch temperature readings by the ECU, which in flip precipitated the clutches to disengage and lose drive. Verify the historical past to guarantee that’s been accomplished.
Elsewhere, the S Tronic DSG gearboxes can be troublesome at low speeds, if one begins to stutter or hesitate, you’ve acquired an issue in your palms. It’s suggested that after getting the engine and gearbox as much as temperature in your check drive, sluggish proper down and crawl, listening out for any indicators of injury, you’ll begin to kangaroo if there’s a serious downside. Audi specialists pinpointed the issue to the Mechatronic management unit, which can both want changing on the tune of almost £1000, or rebuilt however a specialist auto-electrician who’ll have it accomplished for underneath half that worth.
As for guide house owners, the clutch isn’t excessive in your issues listing. The clutch ought to have been changed at 60,000 miles. Keep in mind, the Quattro powered automobiles had been the extra highly effective fashions and thus will most certainly have been launched arduous through the years, which is one thing to keep in mind for each the guide automobiles in addition to the DSG outfitted ones.
On all Quattro fashions, get a mechanic to take a look at the Haldex system, it has been identified to create issues and can be costly to repair. If it’s had a tough lifetime of being launched, put on through the years can construct up.
Suspension, wheels and brakes
With the Mk2, Audi launched a refreshed multilink rear suspension system in addition to MacPherson strut on the entrance finish. Many of the fashions you’ll be taking a look at include this arrange, however as talked about above, some had been opted with the Magnetic Trip system. In fact, house owners are inclined to assume the game setting with the Magnetic trip is simply too stiff for UK roads, so this shouldn’t essentially be on the high of your want listing, though some automobiles do carry a premium with this method.
There was a recall on the Mk2 for automobiles constructed between Might and July 2009 for the braking system, extra notably the vacuum pipe on the servo which will turn out to be broken. This was extra of a precaution, reasonably than a necessity. The opposite factor to notice with the brakes is a squeal coming from the entrance brakes at low pace. Some house owners swapped out the discs and pads which did the trick, others merely positioned copper grease on the again of the brake pads.
Based on house owners, tyres is a large problem with the TT. Not solely do tyres put on far faster on Quattro fashions than FWD fashions, however some house owners put low-cost tyres on. This can be a massive no as TTs are delicate to tyres. Don’t low-cost out, get your self a good set of tyres.
Word, the TT doesn’t include a spare wheel or space-saver, as a substitute it got here with a compressor and restore package. This may 9 occasions out of 10 be lacking from the automobile you’re shopping for.
Inside & electrics
When shopping for, do the same old checks. Ensure all the dashboard lights work, the radio, sat-nav, home windows and so on all work. If you happen to’re taking a look at roadsters, verify to verify the roof folds away underneath its personal energy and seals shut when erecting. It sounds easy however so many overlook to verify all the electrical factors. Why have a roadster in case you can’t really take the roof down?
Ensure the roof is sealed, too. That is most certainly one thing to check after you’ve purchased the automobile however ask with the proprietor if it’s OK you check that the roof is sealed correctly. Simply use a hosepipe over the automobile and verify for water within the boot and cabin. Moist door playing cards are a transparent indication of a poor seal. It’s not an costly repair, however not well worth the problem with so many automobiles in the marketplace.
Audi was fairly beneficiant with commonplace gear on the Mk2 TT so you need to discover Bluetooth, aircon and a flat backside steering wheel as commonplace. Don’t fall for adverts claiming these as extras. The sat-nav was non-obligatory, as was the Bose sound system.
Phrase of recommendation, don’t purchase a Mk2 TT in case you plan on utilizing the rear seats. It’s not appropriate for anybody except in use by a toddler.
One of the best factor concerning the Audi TT Mk2 is that costs have decreased significantly. Now, even a 3.2 goes to price not more than £6,000, albeit this can be a high-mileage instance. The two.0-litre petrols are by far the most cost effective, 100k mile examples are underneath £5000 in each coupe and roadster kind.
If you would like a TTS, you’re taking a look at round £7k to £10k for examples with between 60,000 and 100,000 miles, whereas the one you actually need, the TTRS, will set you again no less than £13k. We’d anticipate to pay extra like £15k for a cleaner instance.
Audi TT Mk2 modifications
So that you’ve purchased your new Audi TT, now you need to make it your personal. Comply with these easy steps and also you’ll be effectively in your approach to create a show-ready automobile with sufficient punch to again up its seems.
It doesn’t matter which engine we’re taking a look at, decisions for modifications come far and large. That being stated, we’ll begin right here with a TTS, which makes use of the two.0-litre turbocharged engine with 272bhp on faucet in commonplace kind.
First up, the exhaust:
There’s a ton of choices on the market from a number of the most well-known exhaust fabricators within the UK, so the selection is all the way down to you. Scorpion supply a de-cat system or sports activities catalyst for underneath £300. Couple this with a map and also you’ll be trying on the mid-300bhp vary with the torque to match. You’ll additionally unlock some further grunt within the type of sound, you would possibly even achieve just a few pops and bangs alongside the best way…
You may both match a cat-back exhaust up with a contemporary downpipe or you’ll be able to simply go for a cat-back system and mate to the usual exhaust. You’ll see much less beneficial properties total, however you’ll liberate just a few ponies and remodel the sound of the automobile. Milltek can be excellent for the job, livening up the sound with out including a foolish quantity of drone. Costs begin at round £600.
Now to kind that drop out
There are two methods you’ll be able to go about doing this, both concentrate on creating the final word present automobile, or concentrate on making a crisp dealing with avenue weapon. The primary possibility will see you trying in direction of air carry efficiency. The opposite possibility will see you trying on the likes of Bilstein or KW. In case your main focus is street driving, your finest guess can be a spring and damper arrange from Bilstein. The B14 package retains some degree of consolation on the street, however will can help you participate within the odd monitor day with out downside. KW, alternatively, can be way more targeted for monitor work with 30-way adjustable damping. Costs for the KW system sits at round £1700, whereas the B14 package is available in cheaper at £900.
Once more, choices are far and large right here however we’re going to concentrate on some light-weight BBS E88s that may be purchased in a spread of various sizes. The lighter, traditional motorsport look will remodel the looks whereas additionally serving to to shed just a few kilos within the weight class. One of the best factor is that these take a look at house on the racetrack or centre stage at a present.
There’s just a few decisions on the market for ECU tuning, all of whom promise related energy figures and have turn out to be family names within the VAG tuning world, we’re in fact speaking about APR, MRC and Revo. A easy ECU tweak can see beneficial properties as much as 300bhp. Nonetheless, couple the map with the upgrades listed above and a brand new air consumption and you’ll see extra like 330bhp. For that further bit extra, Revo suggest an uprated excessive strain gas pump in addition to an uprated intercooler to see energy as much as round 365bhp.
If you happen to’ve acquired a DSG gearbox, don’t overlook that the Transmission Management Unit (TCU) can be up to date giving sharper gear modifications and better RPM limits.
Final however not least, the inside. These rear seats have gotten to go. They’re no good for normal sized people, not to mention toddlers. It can save you a good chunk of weight by taking these out. You might then go additional, take away some sound proofing right here and there to deliver the load down additional, or you’ll be able to remodel the rear with a half cage for that Clubsport look or go the other way with a brand new leisure system.