Audi is responsible for creating some great cars over the years, there are some properly iconic models that have a worldwide, cult-like fan base and one of those is the Audi TT. I know I”m getting old because in my head the TT is about 10 years old, but it actually saw worldwide release way back in 1998. In typical Audi fashion, the far was something completely different, sort of like a squished Beetle but with better lines, and it was available with an all-wheel drive drivetrain in manual or DSG and a choice of the now iconic turbocharged 1.8-litre 20-valve 4-cylinder or normally-aspirated 3.2-litre V6. The coupe style was something different to what other automakers were producing at the time and the combination of everything resulted in a massively popular car. They were also quite easy to modify, and that meant they were able to market the car to execs and boy-racers alike. After just a year on the market, the car was voted the Best New Car of the Year in 1999 by Auto Europe. The model name TT was inspired by the legendary Tourist Trophy race on the Isle of Man, one of the oldest motorsports events in the world and one where the original Audi companies of NSU and DKW achieved great success with their motorcycles. Designer Wenzel, exterior designer for Audi at the time said comments: “In the Audi TT, every shape has a clear function. To us, the greatest praise was when the trade press noted appreciatively that not much had changed from the study to series model, although we did, of course, have to adapt many details due to the technical specifications for the series version, including the proportions. Most noticeable was the integration of a rear side window, which elongated the car’s profile and increased the sports car’s dynamics. For Wenzel, the Audi TT remains “a driving sculpture, with highest-quality surfaces and lines.” The body of the Audi TT appears to be made from one piece, he says, and the front end without traditional bumper overhangs emphasizes its clear form.
Take a look at the YouTube video from the crazies in the YouTube automotive world, Donut Media, as top man delves into the storied history of the lovable Audi TT. The video is three years old and so misses out on the final version of the TT that was announced recently when it was planned to stop producing the range, but it's one of the better history videos around and so now you have to watch it because we said so: AUDI TT - Everything You Need to Know | Up to Speed | Donut
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