I bought the 3.2 Quattro Coupe version of the TT. I specifically hunted down the 08 because Audi have rebalanced the chassis using steel at the rear to make the car handle perfectly neutral. On the track, holding down the traction control button for 5 seconds releases all stability controls and you can truely do four wheel drive drifts through the corners and come out completely under control. In slalom it is as stable as the corvettes and porsche's I watched through the same sections. The comfort in the car is not sacrificed for any of this performance which is why I chose this car over an Evo or an STi. Yes, they generate 50 more bhp, but at the end of the day when I set the cruise control and lay back in the seat it's as quiet and comfortable as any luxury auto. The tires are the only thing I'm going to change. I don't know what came stock on the car, but Falken ZE 512's are on it right now and they let go far before the chassis loses stability.
I HAVE OWNED THIS TT QUATTRO 8 YEARS.(PURCHASED NEW) I HAVE OWNED OVER 60 CARS BUT HAVE NEVER OWNED ONE THIS LONG. I HAVE LOOKED FOR A REPLACEMENT AND HAVE TEST DRIVEN SEVERAL INCLUDING A 2008 TT. WHEN I GET BACK INTO MY TT I FIND I PREFER IT TO ANYTHING I HAVE TEST DRIVEN. FUN TO DRIVE AND RELIABLE.
Looks can be deceiving, what looks good outside is not necessarily true inside� My wife and I are unfortunate owners of 2 Audi vehicles. I figured after the dismal interior quality and frequent repairs of our first Audi, a 2006 A3, would prevent my wife from buying another Audi. If Audi is a luxury vehicle brand than I recommend buying the extended warranty to the maximum amount/coverage possible! From my experience, I would have only lost time and less money repairing the following items that have broken since owning the A3: all four interior door handles (I only fixed one, at a cost of $300), 2 window regulators (that failed within weeks of each other), Coolant flange, 2 sun roof sunshade latches, fan motor controller (failed with Audi precision and impeccable timing, during a cold, heavy rain when I really needed to use the defroster to see out of my windows), the middle seat belt that locks up when the seat is lowered and has to be reset, drink holder latch snapped off and finally a CV Boot splitting open, flinging lube all over. Nope, the stupid shall be punished (that�s me) because my wife fell in love with a used 2006 TT with 30K miles on it and had to buy it (at least it was cheaper than the A3). So far after 2 months of ownership, I only have 2 complaints. A turn signal light bulb that failed, and an annoying creaking sunshade that refuses to be quiet when driving on rough roads. I don�t drive the vehicle much, but when I do it is fun to drive, almost Mustang-like with the throaty sound of the engine and great throttle response (unlike the severe turbo and DSG lag I experience with the A3). What really amazed me, is the completely different interior, door handles that haven�t separated and quality feel to the seats and the interior overall. Despite banging the side of my head a few times when getting into the low rooflined TT, so far this vehicle has been less disappointing then the down market Audi Catera� Uh I mean the Audi A3 that suffers the same affliction the Cadillac Catera did when GM tried to reach down market from what I�ve heard (I�ve never owned a Catera, but I did have a Fleetwood, that left me dead on the road in the desert with a blown rear main seal after 60K miles, so I can believe it). So if you are thinking about buying an Audi, stay away from the A3, but the TT so far is decent and fun to drive.