Breaking Up? Not So Hard to Do
Not when the rewards include Audi’s new TT Roadster, says Gaywheels.com’s Marty Padgett.
Your breakup with your last car did not go smoothly. It broke down repeatedly and you indulged its needy mechanical whines. It begged for expensive attention, and you doled it out. It had more miles on it than an entire Rand McNally atlas, and frankly, it was beginning to show.
You’ve moved onward and upward. And that’s where the chic Audi TT roadster comes in. It’s beautiful, brazen, and it’ll drive your ex crazy with jealousy.
It’s impossible not to notice how good-looking Audi’s new sportscar is. This time around the block, the TT ditches the Bauhaus look that made it famous when it hit the streets in 2000. It’s sleeker, and now it’s built on an aluminum body that’s stronger and lighter than before.
There’s either a $32,000 front-drive TT with a turbocharged four-cylinder engine and a six-speed manual shifter, or the luridly priced, $45,000 V-6 TT roadster with all-wheel drive and a dual-clutch automatic that’s faster and shiftier than most Vegas dealers, cards and otherwise. With the 200-horsepower four you can shoot to 60 mph in 6.5 seconds; with the 250-horse V-6, that drops to 5.7 seconds.
The four-cylinder only has a manually operated top standard, while the V-6 gets a power-operated roof that takes only 12 seconds to fold itself away. You can push the button and lower the lid up to 31 miles per hour, too. With an optional wind deflector, the TT’s one of the least turbulent convertibles you can drive.
With or without the roof folded into the luggage compartment, the capacity of the trunk is the same, 8.8 cubic feet, or large enough to swallow two hard suitcases or two golf bags plus a small weekend bag.
Standard stuff on the new TT includes automatic climate control, a 140-watt audio system and cruise control. Big 19-inch wheels are available, as is Sirius satellite radio and a navigation system. An iPod interface plugs in your essential breakup playlist; we recommend “You’re No Good” and we recommend no looking back.
Audi is a gay-friendly company.