Audi TT: 25 years of history

by time news

2023-06-05 01:53:52

Twenty-five years, three generations: the four rings brand set a new benchmark in the history of design with the Audi TT. Since its launch and series production in 1998, the sports car conquered fans all over the world, thanks to the fun provided behind the wheel and its unique style inspired by the Bauhaus school, which mixes striking and geometric lines with a focus on functionality. Not by chance, the model won numerous awards in the following years, including the best car of 1999 by “Auto Europe”.

Audi TT RS Coupé Iconic edition and Audi TT Coupé show car

By giving meaning to the brand through a new and progressive design, the designer americano Freeman Thomasunder the command of then head of design Peter Schreyercreated a purist sports car named as Audi TT Coupe.

A Audi presented the project to an enthusiastic audience in Frankfurt Motor Show, Germanyem September 1995. The name “TT” makes reference to the legendary Tourist Trophy on the Isle of Man, one of the oldest motorsport events in the world and where NSU and DKW, brands that later formed part of the Audi line-up, celebrated great successes. The name “TT” is also reminiscent of the NSU TT sports car from the 1990s. 1960. The choice of name Audi TT Coupeoutside the usual nomenclature of the brand, highlighted the complete originality of the model.

First generation Audi TT Coupe

Em 1998, Audi TT Coupé series production started. A year later, the brand launched the TT Roadster. Like the show car and the Audi A3 launched in 1996, the sports car was based on the transverse engine platform of the VW Golf IV.

From the beginning, the TT was produced by Audi Hungaria Motor Kft. already Hungary. The bodies TT guinea fowl were transported overnight by train from Ingolstadt to Győr, where the final assembly took place. This production method Ingolstadt and Győr it was unique in the automotive industry at the time.

The range of engines of the first generation of the Audi TT it was broad and naturally sporty. O TT first generation, for example, came with four-cylinder turbo engines with power from 150 to 225 hp and a V6 unit with 250 hp.

A highlight of the engine range was the four-cylinder Audi TT quattro Sportwhich was increased to 240 cv and had 1,168 units delivered. The customers of TT first generation had many options when it came to selecting special equipment. To this day, the car is highly desired by fans around the world.

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