2017 Audi TTS Exclusive

Twenty years ago, the Audi TTS would have been a very exciting proposition. Built on the universally praised MQB platform, the third generation 8S TT is lighter than the original, better balanced, and more powerful. With close to 300 horsepower and 280 lb.ft of torque from the 2.0 TSFI turbocharged inline-4, it’s a Golf R in a slinky dinner dress. Equipped with the impressive dual-clutch 6-speed S-Tronic transmission and launch control, the results are hard to argue with: 0-60 in 4.2 seconds and a quarter mile in 12.8 at 108 mph. Unthinkable for anything but the most exotic exotics a few generations ago, this is all wrapped up in a reasonably affordable and attractive package that is usable year-round and has few drawbacks.

But the TTS falls into a no man’s land today. It’s $10,000 more expensive than the base TT – already quite an impressive car. It’s also more expensive than the more practical Golf R on which it is based. A lot more expensive. But more troubling, with a few options like today’s it is also dearer than a base Porsche 718 Cayman. And while it soundly out-drags the base Cayman, which would you rather impress friends in?

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2010 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagon Golf R Conversion

While Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz have all given us superb performance wagons (yes, even in the U.S.!), the German manufacturer with “Wagen” in its name has managed to skirt a really the opportunity to engage 5-door fanatics of ‘Freedom’.

But wait, you say, what about the Passat W8 4Motion Variant 6-speed?

Yeah sure. It was a really cool concept, and with the sport package BBS wheels it even looked really neat. But it wasn’t really a performance wagon. The follow-up 3.6 4Motion Variant actually did offer a bit more sport, but only came in automatic form. The more serious R36 never came here.

However, a few years ago Volkswagen launched an even MORE potent option – the Golf SportWagon R. With a 300 horsepower version of the 2.0 TSFI linked to the 6-speed manual or DSG dual-clutch box and utilizing the same Haldex all-wheel drive as the regular Golf R, the result was no surprise – a slightly bigger Golf R equaled a small performance wagon with few peers. 0-60 could be topped in 4.5 seconds and the quarter was gone in 13.3 seconds with the DSG, it topped out at 155 mph and yet would return 30 mpg on the highway. Eat your cake and have it too, indeed!

Of course, it hasn’t come here. But since it’s a VW and VW enthusiasts are swap-happy….

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Feature Listing: 2017 Audi TT Roadster

As I looked at in my recent write up of a 2016 Audi TTS, if you’re willing to forgo some of the wow-factor and horsepower of the RS models, the standard 8S TT offers plenty of thrills and smiles. That awesome MQB-platform is paired with the 2.0 TSFI turbocharged inline-4 pumping out 220 horsepower at 4500 RPMs and 258 lb. ft of torque at an unbelievable V8-esque 1600 revolutions. Carrying the same S-Tronic DSG dual-clutch 6-speed as the TTS and RS models as well as the same all-wheel drive system, the 3,300 lb Roadster is good for 0-60 sprints in the mid-5 second range and yet will still return 30 mpg on the highway. While those numbers may sound tame in today’s mega-horsepower market, you don’t have to go far back in time for them to be leading-edge performance for sports cars.

Excellent chassis dynamics are paired with a beautiful exterior and interior design, as well. I’ve long admired the Audi TTs for their clever packaging and taunt, no frills design. They just look better to me than the fussy lines from both BMW and Mercedes-Benz. They are thoroughly modern without looking cliché, cutting-edge yet unpretentious. The performance is here married with a package that can enjoy top-down weather yet remains usable year-round, even when the weather turns as snowy and cold as it has here in New England this week. This particular Roadster is even a bit more special than the standard TT. Outfit in Mythos Black Metallic with Admiral Blue leather interior and well specified, this car carries a color combination and set of options that can’t easily be replicated in a brand-new 2018 model:

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2016 Audi TTS

Want to feel very special, drive a great sports car and stand apart from the crowd but don’t have a million dollars for a Porsche 911?

No problem. I have the solution.

Sure, you could do what I suggested a few weeks ago and buy the ‘affordable’ and ‘useable’ supercar – Audi’s R8. With 600 plus horsepower from a screaming V10 and “arrest me now, I broke the speed limit the moment I turned the key” looks, you’re sure to draw attention and smiles. But even though relative to the used 911 market these cars are bargains, you’re saying ‘Come on, Carter – they’re still $170,000’. And you’re right – for most, they’re only affordable if you would consider them a primary residence rather than a weekend warrior.

So if you need to actually commute, what about Audi’s TTS? Okay, it’s not the 400 horsepower TT RS – I get it. But it retains the walk-on-water MQB platform and pairs it with the Golf R drivetrain – good for 292 horsepower and 280 lb.ft of torque driving all four wheels. Paired with the S-Tronic DSG dual-clutch, you’re capable of blitzing 60 mph in 4.6 seconds yet still this car returns 27 mpg on the highway. Unlike the R8, it’s also got rear seats (albeit quite small) and a hatchback that doesn’t contain a V10. While that’s disappointing when showing off to your friends, the reality is that occasionally you need to carry something larger than your ego.

But though it lacks the headline-grabbing figures and cross-marque instantly recognizable alpha-numeric nomenclature of its more famous siblings, the TTS fails to disappoint with performance and incorporates all the cutting-edge technology, including the mega-cool virtual dashboard. You can also spec it out in a bunch of really cool colors, such as the Vegas Yellow I looked at on the R8s. But this particular one, as you’ve seen, is a bit extra special, having been special ordered in Viper Green:

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Wagon Week: 2010 Audi A4 2.0T quattro Avant

When Audi launched the A4 Avant with the B5 series, it was a bit of a trump card for the small wagon enthusiast. True, the Volkswagen Passat had been available in 5-door form for a few generations, and it VR6 form it was quite entertaining. However, quality of the pre-B5 chassis Passats wasn’t the best, and all-wheel drive had only been available with the Quantum for a few short years in the late 1980s. Audi had offered its unique large Avant platform in both 5000/200 and S6 form, but they were pretty expensive relative to the small cars the company offered. The A4 Avant continued on for through the B7 chassis we saw yesterday; a serious improvement in looks over the rather plain looking B6. When the B8 launched, initially I thought “There goes Audi again, following the formula of making everything bigger”. The B8 was a LOT bigger than the original A4 had been; in fact, park one next to an original A6, and the B8 A4 is dimensionally it was only slightly smaller. There was one key difference, though. Sure, the A4 had been stretched in every direction – but most importantly, you’d find that the wheel base was now the best part of a foot longer than the early Audi platforms. Visually that shortened the notoriously long overhangs of the Audis and offered more legroom to the occupants. Anyone who has ever been in the back of a B5 A4 would certainly appreciate that. Amazingly, too, the new A4 was lighter, and thanks to revised suspension geometry, new and more advanced computers and a torque-laden 2.0 turbo motor, it felt and drove considerably better than any of the previous generations had, too. It even looked really good in my mind. It was an instant success as previous generations had been, making one wonder even more why it went away:

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2011 Audi S4

While we typically focus on older iron, there are some new cars that have come out which are prime enthusiast candidates now coming to the used market. One of the most impressive of these has to be the Audi B8 S4. While Audi fans mourned the loss of the great 4.2 V8 and RS4 models, the reality is that the B8 S4 was a return towards the origins of the model; forced induction, lighter weight, and a slightly more subdued exterior look. There were added benefits with the B8 chassis too; the most modern electronics and Audi’s increasing reliance on racing to sell the brand has resulted in vehicle dynamics that result in – out of the box – probably the best handling sedan Audi has ever offered here, with the possible exception of the RS4. While most of these electronic nannies are disliked by enthusiasts, the reality is that for 99% of drivers it will make them faster and safer. The major problem with the S4, in my mind, is that far too many of them are specified in black, silver or white; if you’re going to get one of these very special cars, why not get it in a very special color, like today’s rare Imola Yellow 2011:

Year: 2011
Model: S4
Engine: 3.0 liter supercharged V6
Transmission: 7-speed DSG automatic
Mileage: 15,766 mi
Price: $42,950 Buy It Now

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2011 Audi S4 3.0L V6 Supercharged Quattro – S-Tronic – Prestige Package – Navigation – Heated Seats – Sports Rear Diff – Rare Options – LOADED!

Very Rare Special Order “Imola Yellow”
Local Scottsdale, AZ Car – Only 15,766 Original Miles – Clean Carfax and Autocheck History Reports

Audi Care Pre Paid Maintenance All Included – Under Full Factory Warranty to 9/12/2016 or 50k Miles

Here is an absolutely gorgeous 2011 Audi S4 that has been well cared for and ready for its new owner. This Audi features a highly sought after special order color combination of Imola Yellow with Black leather interior. This Audi is loaded up with a ton of highly desirable options like prestige package, technology package, navigation, bang and olufsen sound, back up camera, sports rear differential package, leather/suede, 7speed Tiptronic transmission, heated seats, iPod connect, parking sensors, all time four wheel drive, keyless start, 19inch wheels, lowered suspension, STaSIS engineering exhaust system and much more. This car had an original window sticker of $57,705.00! Here is your chance to own a very rare and highly optioned S4 at a fraction of its original price. CALL NOW TO OWN THIS ULTRA RARE AUDI S4 DO NOT MISS OUT! Call Joey Cascio at 480-205-5880.
Beautiful “Imola Yellow” over Black Leather Color Combination!

CarFax & Auto Check Certified Clean Car NO ACCIDENTS

The option list is as follows:

– 3.0L V6 Supercharged 333hp
– Automatic Tiptronic Transmission S-Tronic 7-Speed
– Quattro All Wheel Drive
– Prestige Package ($6,300 factory option)
– 19inch Alloy Wheels (tires brand new)
– Bang & Olufsen Sound
– Audi Navigation
– Bluetooth – iPod Connect
– Back up Camera
– Parking Sensors
– Sports Rear Differential Package ($1,100 factory option)
– Stainless Steel Interior Inlays ($750 factory option)
– STaSIS Engineering Custom Exhaust System
– Heated Seats
– Advanced Keyless Start/Entry
– LED Xenon HID Headlamps
– Dual Power Seats
– Air Conditioning
– Power windows
– Power mirrors
– Power Locks
– Etc….
$57,705.00 Original MSRP

The car is finished in beautiful and very rare “Imola Yellow” paint that is 100% original and looks amazing. The body is totally dent, scratch, and accident free. Overall exterior paint is in excellent condition and shows very well. This wonderful machine has always been garage kept and pampered since day one. Windshield is perfect, tires and wheels are in excellent condition. Tires are brand new all around. Full 3M clear bra on front of the car. CLEAN CARFAX AND AUTOCHECK NO ACCIDENTS!

The beautiful black suede/leather interior looks showroom new. The seats have virtually no wear on them. Absolutely everything works on the car. You will not find a nicer car! This thing is MINT. This car also features the navigation, premium sound system heated seats and many other exclusive options. Non smoker. 2-keys, books, and original window sticker.

Mechanically, this Audi S4 is in perfect condition and runs and drives great. It a has very healthy six cylinder 3.0L engine supercharged that rockets drive. Custom exhaust system sounds amazing! One ride in this S4 and you will be SOLD! Audi Care Pre Paid Maintenance All Included – Under Full Factory Warranty to 9/12/2016 or 50k Miles

This has to be one of the cleanest, and well optioned 2011 Audi S4’s out there right now and would satisfy any buyer. The car is ready to go and doesn’t need a thing! DO NOT MISS OUT!

If you have any additional questions please call Joey Cascio at 480-205-5880. The car is located in beautiful sunny Scottsdale, AZ. Please email or call with any questions and I welcome international bidders WE EXPORT! I can also help with shipping quotes and arrangements. We ship cars all over the world! We have lenders we work with that can get you financed, please call or email if you are interested.

What you’re getting here is effectively a brand new Audi with an exhaust upgrade and a $10,000 discount. For enthusiasts, this car was specified with the sports rear differential, and that Stasis exhaust will certainly make your car stand out a bit more if the retina-burning color wasn’t enough. If you assume these cars aren’t good turners, you haven’t been in a recent Audi. They are impressive and easily on par with BMW in terms of driving dynamics, period. If you’re a fan of Chris Harris, then you have probably seen what this car is capable of, too – with a simple computer flash, the B8 S4 is able to keep up with a RS4 all the way to top speed. Impressive? It sure is, and at $43,000 it seems pretty appropriately priced for level of performance and luxury this car is able to deliver.

-Carter