Launched in 1998, the Audi TT was the pinnacle of vindication for the VW Group’s shared components vision and strategy, which aimed at reducing costs and improving reliability by developing common platforms, even for radically different automobiles. The Audi TT, for example, was a true sports car when introduced, yet shared the basic chassis of the infinitely more humble New Beetle; even its 20V, 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine was recycled from a variety of Golfs and other cars which it had also graced. It of course benefited from a serious tuning, pumping out up to 215 horsepower.
The car was good for an impressive top speed of 140 mph (224 km/h), and a 0-60 acceleration time of 6.4 seconds. These excellent figures put the Audi TT squarely in the same category as the similarly-priced Porsche Boxster.
While the accent was on performance, this didn’t stop the engineers at Audi to maximize cargo room with folding rear seats, and to give the car a distinctive interior look with an all new dashboard, rather than opting for the cheaper recycled dash from another car.
Overall, the Audi TT’s performance, style and surprising convenience combined to make this car a real winner!