A taste of TT

Ken Simmons
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It's a tight fit, but then again, I'm a big guy. And the new 2014 Audi TTS wrapped around me is anything but uncomfortable.
Bill Matthews Audi has handed me the keys to this prize to take it for a little spin and remind you all that, outside of the sticker - list price for the base model is around $60,000 - it could be yours if you get your tickets early enough in the 2014 Health Care Foundation Hospital Home Lottery.

Audi TTS

I like the TT, and I have since its less-than-auspicious beginnings in 1998. Like the Porsche 914, the little coupé was dismissed for its humble parts list and, some said, uninspiring styling. No one is dismissing it these days. And uninspiring? Let me just say R8, and leave it at that.

And this particular model looks absolutely fetching in its arrest-me-red paint. It's well worth the statistically significant increase in ticket likelihood.

Once tucked into the generously side-bolstered seats, everything falls properly to hand. The six-speed Stronic is engaged via floor-mounted shifter. In its default position, the transmission shifts through the gears quickly, taking the shortest route to best economy/quietest ride.

Just below the D is the S. Drop the stick back a notch to watch - and listen to - the 265-horsepower two-litre twist its way a little closer to the 6,000 rpm redline. Mama, that's where the fun is.

If you're inclined to seek out your inner Michael Schumacher, there are small shifting paddles at your fingertips. I was content to pop the stick in sport and let the engineers do the thinking while I enjoyed the ride.

With dual cams, 16 valves and direct injection, the inline four-cylinder engine has no problem helping you feel the full back support in those leather seats. Start tossing the little car through some good bends, and you'll exercise those bolsters, too.

It's a great car to drive, and well represents a line of excellent predecessors offered as early bird prizes in previous Health Care Foundation lotteries.

We all know the good work done by the foundation. Since 2008, it has directed more than $3 million to helping facilitate acute adult care in St. John's, fully funded by these lotteries. Yes, it's a $100 ticket (or three for $250, or the real bargain, five for $375), but that ticket gives you a 1 in 20 chance of winning some prize. Get it before May 15 to be eligible to win the Audi TTS.

Don't forget, this all leads up to the June 11 draw for the $1-million showhome on Parsonage Drive, in St. John's east end. For more info, click on www.hcfhomelottery.ca.

And if you do win, I wouldn't mind taking that TT for another run. You know, if you're feeling generous.



Organizations: Health Care Foundation

Geographic location: St. John's

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