The TT, manufactured by venerable German automaker Audi, is a two-door sports car on offer since 1998. The TT is a high-performance vehicle that, over the years, has been available as either a Coupé or a Roadster. Both versions have proved popular, performing well in local markets and internationally. The TT has been built across two generations, and is manufactured by Audi subsidiary Audi Hungaria Motor Kft., located in Hungary. Originally, the Audi TT was built using Volkswagen’s Group A platform. Due to this fact, they share suspension and engine layouts with related cars, such as the Audi A3 and the Volkswagen Golf Mk4.
The Audi TT is available in either front-wheel or four-wheel drive systems. The latter option features Audi’s Quattro powertrain. The cars are built with an independent front suspension with MacPherson struts as well as a front-mounted transverse engine. First shown as a concept car at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 1995, the award-winning Audi TT went into production shortly thereafter, and first came onto the market in 1998. Originally, the car was not offered with an automatic transmission, but from 2003 the car was available with a dual clutch 6-speed Direct Shift Gearbox.
Taking its name from an Isle of Man motorcycle racing tradition (the Tourist Trophy) the Audi TT was designed with performance in mind. Powerful engines have always come standard under the bonnet, and the introduction of the Direct-Shift Gearbox increased acceleration by cutting down on shift times. It is important to note that originally upon production, several TTs were involved in high-speed crashes. This resulted in a recall for both Coupés and Roadsters to improve handling at high speeds.
Throughout their production run, Audi TTs have impressed with their stylish good looks, sporty performance and handling, and exceptional value. Inexpensive to run, TTs can be found all over the pre-owned market, making them an ideal choice for potential buyers looking for a mix of practicality, style, and performance.
As stated before, original Audi TTs shared a powertrain layout with their Volkswagen counterparts. The first generation, built from 1998 through 2006, was originally offered with a 1.8-litre V4 turbocharged engine with either 132kW or 165kW of output, depending on the trim. In 2003, Audi released a new engine that came standard with the Quattro all-wheel drive version of the car. That engine was a 3.6-litre VR6 with an output of 184kW.
In 2005, a Quattro Sport was released that featured a 1.8-litre power-boosted engine with 177kW and 320Nm and a top speed of 250km/h. The current generation of the Audi TT, released in 2006, features a wide range of engine options. The base model features a 2.0-litre TSFI engine with 151kW of power and 280Nm of torque, while the range-topper Audi TT RS model features a 2.5-litre TSFI engine with 250kW of power and an impressive 450Nm of torque.
Award-winning interior and exterior design define the Audi TT. The luxury sports coupe comes standard with all the major kit buyers have come to expect from Audi. The Direct-Shift Gearbox is an option on all models since 2003. In newer models, buyers have the option to add Audi’s active suspension, named Audi Magnetic Ride, allowing the suspension to adjust automatically according to different road conditions.
High-efficiency engines throughout the production run make for great fuel efficiency. New models are available with options such as a retractable rear spoiler, Quattro suspension, Bose Surround Sound System, and various upmarket leather packages.
One of the main competitors of the Audi TT was the Volkswagen Golf R32, available starting in 2004. The Golf had a similar powertrain to the Audi, but was outfitted with every amenity that Volkswagen had on offer. This included a 3.2-litre VR6 engine with 177kW of power and 320Nm of torque.
In addition, luxury brands such as BMW (the Z4) and Mercedes-Benz (the SLK) also competed with Audi in this segment. For comparison, the current range-topping version of the SLK Roadster features a 5.5-litre AMG V8 engine with an output of 310kW. When a car has to compete in the luxury market, it really becomes all about the kit. When compared to the BMWs, Mercedes-Benz, and Volkswagens of the time, the Audi had a difficult time giving the same kit at a reasonable price.