Fifteen years after Audi launched its very stylish TT, the model has received a makeover to bring its iconic coupe up to date in what they hope will generate similar amount of sales. This third generation of the car looks more like the original that the second generation and those that loved the Mk1 will probably enjoy this version, too. The TT boasts 230 BHP whilst the TTS quattro will offer drivers a whopping 310 BHP. All of this power, of course, needs to be delivered to the road surface. And that is where the importance of the tyres your TT has comes into play.
Low Profile Pros
Back in 1999, Audi selected just one tyre manufacturer to be its partner-supplier of low profile tyres for the TT model. This is because the car’s designers understood very well the importance that high-quality tyres would make to the driving experience. At the time, the chosen tyres were made by Pirelli and they brought an almost unique blend of sporty response and road holding qualities. Certainly properties such as these – in low profile tyres – are pros for a performance car like the TT, but there is more to it. Audi selected the particular tyres its TT would be fitted with because they also offered a relatively low amount of noise and a relatively high degree of comfort – something that you don’t always expect from low profile tyres. Another advantage of the TT’s low profile tyres was their aesthetic look. This should not be underestimated and few at Audi would say that the simple visual appeal of the model’s tyres did anything other than to add to the success of the mark 1 version.
Getting The Right Low Profile Tyres
Choosing the right tyres to replace old and worn ones has always been an issue for TT drivers, especially if only one pair needs to be exchanged. Get it wrong and you lose some road comfort or – worse still – some sporting performance. The best advice remains the same today as it did when Audi first unveiled the TT. Get your tyres checked by an expert dealership such as Point S and have one of their operatives give you a professional opinion on which ones to buy. Skimping on your tyres can be really noticeable in a TT.
Low Profile Cons
Performance tyres do not come without a few cons to match their many undoubted advantages. This is especially the case if your car, unlike the TT, was not originally configured to handle them. Nevertheless, even for TT drivers an understanding of low profile tyres’ drawbacks is helpful Firstly, the suspension system needs to be tweaked to make a low profile tyre, which has a larger aspect ratio, work effectively. Nevertheless, you are likely to feel road imperfections even so. Secondly your wheels, not just the tyres, can suffer from more wear and tear per mile driven. This is especially true when driving through potholes, which could lead to tyre and wheel damage. Finally, TT drivers should remember that most low profile tyres are not the best thing in icy and snowy road conditions.
This post was written by guest blogger, James Smith, for Audi For Life.