Now celebrating its third generation, the Audi TT, coupe’s history dates back to the late 90’s. The two-seater took the world by storm with its unique look when it was first launched. The compact, good looking sports allured the automobile enthusiasts with a taste for the aesthetic. Designed by some very talented people (Peter Schreyer, one of the team members who worked on the interior has also made Kia’s EU offerings look the way they do), the TT looked unlike anything else the company had produced. Based on the Mk IV Golf platform, many didn’t find its drive on a par with its looks. The 3.2-litre V-6 engine did make the car fast, but not exciting enough.
As well as for its stunning design, the Mk I TT will also be remembered for its stunning design flaw. Early TTs were very smooth indeed, so smooth that should a driver decide to make a manoeuvre at high speed, the car would get a touch. This, as you’d imagine, wasn’t ideal. As a result, Audi recalled the car, adding a boot spoiler (ruining the lines of the car, but not the lives of the drivers), ESP and tweaking suspension. After that, it wasn’t quite a handful.
By 2006, the Mk I’s time was up and it came the Mk II looking like a wonderfully “modern” take on the iconic design. It was lighter, tighter and all-round quicker. Instead of a range topping 3.2-litre V-6 engine, it had 2.0-litre turbo. The smaller engined car boasted a comparatively modest 197bhp, but it handled just that little bit better, turning the TT in to a proper sports car.
As the Mk II matured it was given a number of power plants, everything from lower-powered petrol, to a 2.0 litre diesel all the way to a 355bhp, 2.5-litre five-cylinder turbocharged TT RS Plus.
Throughout its journey, the Audi TT series has featured different engines and there was even a limited edition Quattro Sport model, which featured rock hard suspension, 237bhp and no rear seats.
Now in 2014, a new Audi TT is on the loose.