Audi TT
aka Typ 8J
Production 1998 - present
Class Sportscar
Body Style 2-door, 2+2-seat coupe
2-door, 2-seat roadster
Length 164.5 in
Width 72.5 in
Height 53.2 in
Wheelbase 97.2 in
Weight Coupe-3,153 lbs; 3,307 lbs
Transmission 7-speed S tronic dual-clutch, FWD/Quattro AWD
6-speed S tronic dual-clutch, FWD/Quattro AWD
Engine 2.0 litre EA888 TFSI Inline-4 w/ AVS
Power 211 hp @ 4300-6000 rpm
258 lb-ft of torque @ 1600-4200 rpm
Similar Alfa Romeo Brera
Porsche Cayman
Porsche Boxster
Mercedes-Benz SLK
Designer Walter da Silva

The Audi TT is a sports car manufactured by Audi since 1998 in Győr, Hungary, now in its second generation — and available as a 2+2 coupé or two-seater roadster. Audi has also released a higher-performance off-shoot model in 2008 called the TT-S powered by a turbocharged, direct-inject 2.0 litre TFSI engine producing 265 hp @ 6000 rpm and 258 lb-ft of torque. Another, even more powerful, variant called the TT-RS is expected to be launched sometime in 2009 with a 2.5 litre TFSI five-pot making 340 hp and 330 lb-ft of torque and mated to a six-speed manual and quattro all-wheel-drive.

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Recent Changes

  • For 2011, the TT receives a mid-cycle update giving it a slight facelift as well as a bump in power to the tune of 11 hp and 51 lb-ft of torque from a new 2.0 litre TFSI Inline-4. At the same time, Audi claims the new powerplant returns 36 mpg in the combined European cycle. The new TT will also be available with new color options in the form of Scuba Blue, Oolong Gray, Volcano Red and Dakota Gray. [1]

2011 Audi TT

  • On Feb 20th 2009, Audi leaked images and an audio file of the TT-RS set for debut at the 2009 Geneva Motor Show. When it arrives, it will have a 340-horsepower, 331 lb-ft, 2.5-liter turbo five cylinder shoehorned under the bonnet and attached to a 6 speed manual powering all four wheels. Aesthetically, the RS is distinguished from both the regular TT and the TT-S via a larger, more aggressive air dams and a fixed rear spoiler on top of two oval tailpipes pushed to the corners and nestled on a sizeable rear diffuser. [2][3]


  • On January 2008, Audi leaked pictures and details of an uprated version of the TT sportscar, dubbed TT-S, on the internet ahead of its official NAIAS debut. It is available in both Coupe and Roadster configurations. Under the bonnet, motivation comes from a re-engineered 2.0 TFSI engine, squeezing out 200 kW (272 hp) with 350 Nm of torque between 2,500 and 5,000 rpm. Fuel economy is an impressive 8.0 liters per 100 km for the coupe attached to a manual transmission while roadster does no worse at 8.2 liters/100 km. The optional S-tronic dual-clutch transmission drops fuel consumption by 0.1 and 0.2 liters per 100 km respectively. Underneath, the body rides on Audi's magnetic ride adaptive damping system which is configurable for optimum road handling. [4]

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RECALL ALERT: Audi recalls over 10,000 2006-2010 A3 and TT models over potential fuel leak


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Unique Attributes

TT Design

The TT's styling is regarded by many as a watershed moment in automotive design. From its introduction as a concept car in 1995, and as a production car in 1998, the design was regarded by many as bold, innovative, and evolutionary. While the car borrowed a few design elements from earlier vehicles, the overall design was considered by many to be truly unique. With its distinctive, rounded bodywork, bold use of bare aluminum (actually anodized aluminum), and a lack of defined bumpers, the TT represented a departure from much of the styling that dominated the car market at that time.

The success and popularity of the TT's iconic design gave many automotive designers (and manufacturers) greater latitude to experiment with bold, distinctive design. The TT's influence can be seen in the design elements of many vehicles released after the TT.

The TT is often regarded as the vehicle that made people take a second look at Audi. No longer just a second-tier European maker (in the vein of Saab, Volvo et al.), Audi emerged as a serious competitor for the likes of BMW and Mercedes-Benz. The then-new B5-platform A4 model was a substantial improvement on its Audi 80 predecessor; these two models firmly secured Audi's position as a prestige marque.


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Current Generation: (2007–present)

A preview of the second-generation TT was provided in the form of the Audi Shooting Brake concept car, shown at the Tokyo Motor Show in 2005. This concept was based on the new TT, but featured angular styling and a "shooting brake" 2-door hatchback body style.[1]

Audi revealed the second-generation TT, internal designation Typ 8J, on April 6, 2006. It is constructed of aluminium in the front, and steel in the rear, to enhance its balance and is available in front- or four-wheel drive. The production car uses either the 3.2 L VR6 engine, with 250 PS (184 kW), or a 200 PS (147 kW) version of Audi's direct injection 2.0 L four. Better known as FSI, Fuel Stratified Injection, the technology was derived from the Le Mans race cars, and offers improved fuel efficiency as well as an increased power output. A 6-speed manual transmission is standard, with the Direct-Shift Gearbox (DSG) as an option, and quattro four-wheel drive is standard with the VR6.

Audi's new active suspension, Audi Magnetic Ride, is available as an option, and is based on Delphi's MagneRide magneto rheological dampers (which means that the suspension will automatically adjust depending on the current road conditions). The new TT also features an improved rear spoiler that automatically extends at speeds greater than 120 km/h (75 mph), and retracts again at 80 km/h (50 mph). The spoiler can also be manually controlled by the driver via a switch on the dash.[2] It is again offered as a 2+2 coupé and as a roadster.

Performance models

In 2005 Audi released the limited edition (of 1000 examples) TT quattro Sport. It had increased power from its 1.8-litre turbocharged engine - giving 240 bhp (180 kW) and 236 lb (107 kg) ft of torque - and a reduction in weight of 49 kg to 1416 kg. This was achieved by deleting the spare wheel and by taking out the rear parcel shelf and rear seats. Fixed-back Recaro bucket seats graced the interior. Distinguishable from other TT coupes by its two-tone paint scheme (black painted roof, pillars and mirror housings in combination with either Avus Silver, Phantom Black, Mauritius Blue or Misano Red body colour) and unique 18-inch (460 mm), 15-spoke aluminium wheels, plus the same body kit as fitted to the TT 3.2 V6, it also had uprated suspension settings, V6-spec brakes fitted and the new wheels were wider at the rear for improved grip.

In the 2008 Detroit Motor Show, Audi released the TTS with a 2.0TFSI engine tuned to 272 PS (200 kW/268 bhp).

It is also rumoured that a higher-end TT-RS is under development. Initial rumours suggested that this would use a turbocharged 2.5l 5-cylinder engine, but recently the balance of opinion seems to favour the 3.0l TFSI V6 engine, as found in the newest A6 and also in the new 2009 B8 S4, It is rumoured that this engine will develop close to 350 PS (257 kW/345 bhp) in the all-wheel-drive TT-RS.

First Generation/Origins (1998-2006)

First generation Audi TT.

The production model (internal designation Typ 8N) was launched as a coupé in September 1998, followed by a roadster in August 1999, based on the Volkswagen A platform used for the Volkswagen Golf, Skoda Octavia and others. The TT uses a transversely mounted engine with front or quattro all wheel drive. It was first available with a 1.8 L turbocharged inline four cylinder 20-valve engine. For the first two years of production, both front wheel drive and quattro models featured a 180 PS (132 kW) version of this engine. In 2001, a more powerful Quattro model was released which was equipped with a 225 PS (165 kW) engine which shares the same basic design but features a larger turbocharger, an additional intercooler on the driver's side, forged connecting rods, a dual exhaust, and a few other internals designed to accommodate the increase in turbo boost from roughly 10 psi peak to 15.

All TT models were recalled in late 1999/early 2000 following concerns over the car's handling which was considered unstable under high-speed cornering as the result of throttle lift-off oversteer - a number of modifications were made, which were subsequently incorporated into all future examples: rear-wing spoilers were fitted (to reduce lift) and suspension settings were altered (to increase understeer). The original four cylinder engine range was complemented with a 250 PS (184 kW) 3.2 L VR6 in early 2003, which comes with the quattro all-wheel drive system. In October, 2004 a new Direct-Shift Gearbox (dual-clutch) gearbox was offered along with a stiffer suspension.

Audi has developed the TT with some notable improvements, including a lightened and power-boosted "quattro Sport" model, and 240 PS (176 kW) and a top speed of 250 km/h (155 mph), however the handling and steering are considered by BBC's Top Gear presenter, Jeremy Clarkson, to be "boring". It compares with the Nissan 350Z which has more grip. It should be noted, however, that the TT's handling character is deliberate, as Audi vehicles are generally designed to exhibit understeer (a characteristic determined by suspension design, the effect of the quattro all-wheel drive system, and other factors). Understeer is inherently a safer handling characteristic, as it is easier for novice and casual drivers to predict and control the vehicle (and thus the car can appeal to a much broader market). Sports car purists and driving enthusiasts, however, generally favor oversteer (which the Nissan 350Z exhibits) to understeer, as the former makes for a more involving and spirited driving experience.

TT concept

The TT was first shown as a concept car at the 1995 Frankfurt Motor Show. The design is credited to J Mays and Freeman Thomas of Volkswagen's California design studio. The name is an abbreviation of "Tourist Trophy", an annual road race on the Isle of Man, not "twin turbo" as is sometimes assumed. Turbocharged models only feature a single turbocharger.


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Design quirks and oddities

In 2005, the TT was ranked the most secoure car according to the Vehicle Security Rating run by the RACV with the score of 116.5.


The TT was nominated for the North American Car of the Year award for 2000. It was also on Car and Driver magazine's Car and Driver Ten Best for 2000 and 2001.

See also


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