Whenever you think of a coupe, the first car that comes to mind has to be a Porsche. Whether it be a 911 or a Cayman, Porsche seem to be the best coupe automaker in the world. However, oddly enough they find themselves competing with Audi who are also part of the Volkswagen Group conglomerate. The Audi TT is a great car and it seems to be getting better with each new generation. However, as with all coupes it finds itself competing with SUVs.
What’s in a Name?
The TT gets its name from the successful NSU racing tradition in the British Isle of Man TT (Tourist Trophy) motorcycle race. NSU started to race back in 1911 and later in its history it merged into what we now know as Audi. The TT moniker also follows the NSU 1960s models 1000TT, 1200TT and TTS. First forwarding to today the TT is also known after the phrase “Technology & Tradition.”
The TT’s styling began all the way back in 1994 at Volkswagen Group Design Center in California. Then in 1995 it appeared as a concept car in the Frankfurt Motor Show. Its design was credited to J Mays and Freeman Thomas for the exterior, while the cabin was designed by Peter Schreyer, Romulus Rost, Martin Smith and Hartmut Warkuss.
After the concept, later in September 1998 the production model coupe was unveiled, with the roadster unveiled a year later in August. The production model differed from the concept slightly, with reworked bumpers. Production for the coupe started off in October 1998.
Currently, we are on the third generation (Typ 8S) of the Audi TT, which was unveiled in the 2014 Geneva Motor Show. It had been previewed as the Audi Allroad Brake concept car. It shares the Volkswagen Group’s MQB platform with cars like the Audi A3, SEAT Leon and Skoda Octavia. Later, the current TT RS was launched at the 2016 Beijing Motor Show. The whole range has Quattro all-wheel drive as standard.
The TT has two other models that are part of its family, the TTS and TT RS. The TTS is a better performance package than the TT, while the RS is the best performing model in this range. The TT range is available as either a coupe, roadster or convertible.
Powering the TT is a petrol and diesel 2L four cylinder engine. The petrol version has two variants one producing 230 hp and 370 Nm of torque for the TT, while the other gives out 310 hp and 380 Nm of torque for the TTS. As for the diesel version, it churns out 184 hp and 380 Nm of torque. As for the TT RS it is powered by a 2.5L five cylinder that produces 335 bhp. It’s important to note that the diesel only comes with a front wheel configuration.
The interior of the Audi TT is centered on the Virtual Cockpit which replaces the regular dials. This 12.3” LCD screen makes it possible for you to display navigation and other infotainment options right next to your dials and instruments. The graphics look splendid and it’s been cleverly executed.
The first generation of the Audi TT was cute, and was iconic at the time. However, the new TT is wearing on a more aggressive fascia, while not losing its identity. I got to say that its rear makes me feel like am looking at a Porsche 911. Despite this, when you take a look at the TT’s front fascia and its unmistakable that this is an Audi. For the front fascia I think Audi’s design team did a splendid job on its rising headlights.
Well, when it was first unveiled in 1998, the Audi TT caused quite a stir, as many were happy that it kept its original design from its concept. Today it is a different case altogether as it doesn’t get as much attention nowadays. However, don’t be fooled the car is still in production three generations later because it’s been successful. The numbers have rolled in and it seems that Audi have found a modern icon. As for the ride itself its got an exemplary drive and a plush interior. It does suffer from a firm ride, when on bigger wheels, however once you see the tech and interior you’re sold. Having said that, long live the tradition.
If you are thinking of buying this Audi you should start to budget from $ 42,900.
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