This little sports car has snuck in to my heart and it’s there to stay
There is no denying that when the Audi TT first made its appearance as a concept car back in 1995, things were about to change dramatically for Audi. In fact, it is the Audi TT that brought this brand in to the ‘cool corner’ and changed the face of Audi forever.
I attended the launch of the new Audi TT back in February and I was impressed to say the least, in fact this is what I had to say in that first Audi TT review, “I have to be a bit honest here for a moment, I was never a massive TT fan, well certainly not of the second generation. For some reason it became a bit of a nowhere car for me. It just didn’t do anything for me. I wasn’t overly excited by the design and it just never caught my eye. Enter the third generation! Wow! This car has gone back to being cool again! And stylish! And hot! And no where near a no where car. It will certainly catch your eye. It of course shares some of its design elements with the R8, which is one of my favourite cars, so it makes sense that I would love the look of this car. It has many sharp lines in its design, making it appear very aggressive. Of course it is distinctly TT with its short front and rear overhangs. The redesigned headlights are what make this car really stand out with the square daytime running lights. Seeing this guy come up behind you in the rearview mirror is a sight to behold. It is one good looking car!”
I now had the pleasure of driving it for a full week. But if I am really honest, I thought that I would probably find it a bit impractical and perhaps just too flashy. But no, I loved every single minute of driving this car. It fit in to my life perfectly…which makes me think that I may need to re-evaluate my life as I always thought I was active and needed huge amounts of space and wasn’t at all image conscious. Apparently this is not so. After one week with this car I realise I do love the attention and am not all that active…it fit perfectly in to my gym routine, but I will never need space for a mountain bike or a kayak.
Both the front-wheel drive and quattro models come with a 2,0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine. It produces 169 kW of power and 370 N.m of torque. Basically you will have no trouble overtaking on a hill to put it modestly. Both models are fitted to a six-speed S tronic twin-clutch transmission. And this is what stood out for me over this past week. This transmission is just perfection! It’s smooth, razor sharp and intuitive in its shifts. It was just wonderful to experience.
This little sports car has snuck in to my heart and I believe this is where it will stay. Where before I would have swayed people away from buying one, now I will try my best to convince them that they have to have one, if just so that I get the chance to drive it again.
For pricing and more information read the Audi TT launch review.