It’s hard to believe that the Audi TT traces its roots back nearly two decades to a 1995 concept car that became an on-road reality three years later. To say it was a design sensation would be an understatement but unfortunately its styling wrote cheques its stodgy handling couldn’t cash. The second gen fixed that, being lighter, nimbler, quicker and finally worthy of consideration as a genuine sports car.
The third generation should offer up the same plus a bit more thanks to additional weight-saving aluminium underneath which cuts 50kg, meaning even the 135kW diesel will hit 100km/h in less than 7.5 seconds. The range-topping 228kW turbo petrol will manage the sprint in a seriously quick sub-five seconds thanks to quattro four-wheel drive and a twin-clutch transmission.
Audi is known for its beautiful cockpits and the new TT does its reputation justice with a dashboard modelled on the curve of a plane’s wing, controls integrated into the vents themselves and a virtual dashboard that can be reconfigured to show a range of information to suit the driver and the journey. Outside it’s a case of if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it with the TT’s established curves sharpened with the bold horizontal lines of the front and rear lamps, diffuser and stonking single-frame grille. It might not be as revolutionary as the original but the TT is growing up with style and substance.
This year Geneva also offered a surprise for TT fans worldwide with the unveiling of the TT Sport Quattro concept. Audi claim the Quattro TT will dethrone the A45 AMG as the worlds most powerful production 4 cylinder with a claimed 420 horsepower and 331 pound-feet of torque. Let’s hope it makes it into production!