Throughout most of its life, the TT has been offered as a coupe or convertible with front- or all-wheel drive. Though the early models are artfully styled and well finished, handling isn't exactly up to the standards of sports cars. For the initial versions of the car, the standard engine was a noisy 180-hp turbo four-cylinder matched with a five-speed manual. AWD models got a gutsier, but still-noisy 225-hp engine and a six-speed manual transmission. Ride quality is very stiff and owing to the handsome, but closed-in styling, outward visibility is poor. A 250-hp V6 with a choice of a six-speed automatic transmission, or an automated manual arrived in 2004.