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The Audi TT Coupe or Roadster both at the top of the game in luxury and power

photos Russell Dandridge

If it’s a sport coupe you want – check. Or a convertible perhaps, another check. With an eye toward luxury, the 2011 Audi TT takes the road full speed ahead. A welcome surprise with 21 miles per gallon in the city and 29 miles per gallon on the highway adding up to about $2000 per year for estimated fuel cost, I loved this car when I first drove it a few years ago and alas, my love affair is still going strong.

Fortunately it’s a good summer car and the convertible option (aka the Roadster) is just one of the things that will make you and your set of wheels much more noticeable as you own the road.

Not that I’m a big girl, but my husband is tall so he demands enough room inside a car to breath, the Audi 2011 will accommodate and with leather seats to boot. Other standouts include an interior that is all comfort since in addition to the leather it’s tush-comfy and the TT is sporting a newly designed front grille too.

The competition in the 2011 Audi TT market is the BMW 1 and 3 Series options or the Infiniti G. The BMW 3 Series also springs for a retractable hardtop while Audi only sports a soft top version, if that makes a difference then it might put a damper on your Audi TT love.

However, it’s the TT’s design that is always going to be the head turner anyway.We like the fact that folks don’t get it confused with another brand like happens with many cars these days. Choosing between the hatchback coupe or a two-seat roadster, the coupe has a balanced roofline and in comparison the roadster has a sculpted body as well – all say “I’m sleek” loud and clear. Inside, in addition to the leather there is a two-tone color that adds that extra pizzazz that some car interiors just plain miss.

In a coupe or roadster option either one will get you the turbocharged four-cylinder engine and the all-wheel drive making sure that the TT owns the road and that means you own it too. Both trims come standard with the Premium Plus package so it really just becomes a preference of whether you can’t live without a convertible or you just don’t want one anymore, thus the coupe is calling your name.

All-wheel drive makes the Audi TT a real bonus with the luxury lineup sporty set. Handling is good or better than I expected, I like to feel the road and know that I am in control, in the TT you know it, period! There is also the adjustable-suspension option to consider too — depending on how anal you are when it comes to driving and being in control, this one is calling you’re name.

Need to Know: Since I am all about the convertible roadster here’s one more detail – the top is a lightweight fabric that powers up and down to mold into the rear of the car with hardly a care. The glass rear window keeps the noise level down too so even though it is a soft top minus the hardtop retractable, you won’t be missing a thing if you opt for this stunner.

Out of Pocket: The Roadster I drove came in at $51,800.

Rita Cook is a writer/editor who has written over 1000 articles during her career on a variety of topics.  A member of the Texas Auto Writer’ Association, Cook has published a number of books.  Her latest  is “A Brief History of Fort Worth,” published by History Press.

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