I believe I am translating the Swiss French Audi TT RS Brochure title line correctly when I say "less weight". Just one of the brilliant factors which have culminated in the order of our new car ... an Audi TT RS.
At 1475Kg and with a little over 300 BHP it should move along nicely.
It has been over 6 years since the purchase of our last car and many of the reasons for the purchase of this TT, over say a Nissan GT-R were already outlined here. But to be clear
- 4 Wheel Drive
- Hatchback and Folding Seats
- S-tronic 7 Speed Dual Clutch gearbox
- 1475Kg and >300 BHP
- 33.2 MPG i.e. 08.51l/100Km Combined Cycle
- 197g/km Carbon
- Beautifully Compact
- Will not attract Chavs
So today I'll focus on what was chosen and why, for other perspective TT owners.
First note that Audi does an online configurator. For English speakers use the AUDI UK TT configurator
A World of Options
The best way to lose money on the resale of a car is to specify options , the Swiss Audi dealer does not take any options costs into consideration for their trade in prices. But if you need to live with the car during its lifetime comfortably some personalisation is necessary.
ZM Alacantra Leather
We try to kill as few Cows as possible, so partial Alacantra and leather is the best we can do.
PQU 19” x 9J ‘5-arm rotor’ design titanium finish alloy wheels
20" wheels are available but this compromises the suspension and with 20's you can't order the Magnetic Ride.
7K6 Tyre Pressure monitoring system
Tell you if you have a blowout or a flat tyre, which these days (sic) is more difficult to determine than you might realise.
1BQ Audi magnetic ride
Another Corvette stolen feature (first was tyre pressure monitoring). Special shock absorbers contain metal particles that can be charged so affecting the viscosity of the oil and hence varying the dampening. So we can have soft suspension and turn it hard if we need to race somebody at the lights, or more usefully down a twisty mountain pass.
WB4 Technology package – DVD-Navigation, Phone Prep Bluetooth interface and AM I
Yes we selected the preposterously expensive Colour DVD satnav else we think it was going to me monochrome (in a 100K + CHF car, outrageous!)
WBI Comfort package.- Rear Park sensor, Cruise, light & rain, dim mirror interior
Lots of comfort items like the heated seats and cruise control. The Auto light sensors are good value in Switzerland with the frequency of tunnels. You have to switch on lights whilst inside a tunnel. I have 5 on the 15 minute drive to work for example!
8RY BOSE surround sound system.
Not as the brochure suggests on the back parcel shelf! Just better quality speakers. A slight indulgence as the stock speakers are quite good enough.
7P1 Electric lumbar support
Helping us to counter back pain as we get older.
OVF English Documentation
5J1 Deletion of fixed rear spoiler
We chose not to go with the big fixed spoiler and opt for the traditional more discrete movable one. Anybody with A level Physics or better can prove that the increase of downforce using the fixed spoiler is going to be negligible below 200 Km/h
6XE Electrically folding door mirrors
Makes the car marginally less scratchable whilst in town or in tight car parks
8Q5 Adaptive lights
8N7 High-beam assist.
Light that follow around corners a la Citroen SM. A must surely! Though we hope it never breaks down, Audi Suisse would fleece us for a repair.
Not Chosen Options
PV1 Electric Front Seats
We thought, expensive, add weight and don't have a memory setting for husband and wife
OP6 Sports exhaust
You can pay a large fee to have all that careful sound deadening and exhaust
technology replaced by something very noisy. So no
QQ1 Interior light package.
including illuminated door handles, vanity mirrors and glove box, foot-well lighting, puddle lighting and ambient lighting
QE1 Storage Package
Extra pockets under the front seats would be welcome but the net pockets on the back seats that are part of the package are a turn off, so no.
PQQ Top Speed 280Km/h
The current TT 3.2 never went beyond 200Km/h so we think we don't need the de-restricting.
Q1D Front Sports Seats
Made out of leather only, so with great sadness (I mean they look great) no.
UG1 Audi Hill Assist
Stops the car a rolling back when you take your foot from the brake pedal. We'll manage!
VC1 Garage Door Opener
We were not sure it was going to work, so not ordered.
YSK Alacantra Headlining
Nice, soft and furry but too expensive.
Well apparently the car is so much in demand that Audi want us to wait 6 months for it, whilst first handing over a non refundable 15% deposit. What a cheek!
So July 2011 it is then