The Audi TT was such a hit since it was launched in the market as a small, attractive sports car aimed for those with such a good taste for automotive aesthetic. With its natural and symmetrically designed front and rear profiles, there’s no doubt that the TT looks so unique, unlike any other model Audi has ever created before. The TT name was acronym for the Tourist Trophy that was held in the Isle of Man.
1998-2006: Audi TT Mk1 (internal designation: Typ 8N)
The first TT was publicly revealed in September 1998 as a coupe; it was followed by the Roadster after a year. The first generation TT was put into the hot seat when it got involved in a series of high-speed accidents in Europe. This issue was the reason for the recall of both the Coupe and the Roadster in 1999 to early 2000. Suspension modifications were done, and all the recalled models plus the succeeding TT units were outfitted with Audi’s Electronic Stability Programme.
Despite being recalled, the first-gen Audi TT got a nomination for the North American Car of the Year award for 2000. For model year 2000 and 2001, the TT was also included on Car and Driver magazine’s Ten Best list.
The 2005 model year was marked by the introduction of the Coupe-only limited edition—the Audi TT Quatro Sport. Built by Audi’s high-performance specialist subsidiary, this model got significant power increase from its 1.8-liter turbocharged engine. What made it distinguishable from other TT Coupes are its two-tone paint scheme and its 18” 15-spoke cast aluminum alloy wheels. In June 2006, production of the Series 1 TT ended.
2006-present: Audi TT Mk2 (internal designation: Typ 8J)
It was on April 6, 2006 when Audi unveiled the second-generation TT, which was based on the Volkswagen’s A5 platform. This good-looking TT showed off a “modern’ take on the model’s iconic design. Besides being more aesthetically pleasing, the MKII was also tighter, lighter, and faster.
The Audi TT 2.0 TDO Quattro was revealed in 2008 at the Geneva Motor Show. This model was actually Audi TT’s first diesel version to ever hit the European market. Under the hood was a 2.0 liter Turbocharged Direct Injection engine paired with a 6-speed manual transmission. That same year, at the 2008 North American Auto Show, Audi also unveiled the first “S” model TT, called the Audi TTS Quattro that’s powered by a heavily modified 2.0 TFSI engine, with a choice of either six-speed close-ratio manual transmission or a six-speed ‘S tronic’ transmission.
At the 2014 International Motor Show in Geneva, Audi Launched the new TTS model for the 2016 model year, along with the standard 2016 Audi TT model. Both models are expected to hit dealerships in early 2015.