The final piece that left the production line of the Hungarian Audi plant is the TTS Coupé, i.e. a coupe with a gasoline, turbocharged two-liter four-cylinder with an output of 235 kW and all-wheel drive.
In roughly twenty-five years of model production – from February 18, 1998 to November 10, 2023 – the German automaker produced a total of 662,762 examples. And that across three generations, which were available in coupe and roadster body versions.
But for the first time, the Audi TT was presented to the world already in September 1995, although then only in the form of a concept, which amazed the visitors of the Frankfurt Motor Show. In the fall of the same year, Audi revealed the TTS Roadster study in Tokyo, i.e. an open design.
However, the production “tee-tee”, built on the PQ34 platform of the concern, did not arrive until the beginning of 1998. It clearly followed the previously presented concepts and today it is considered a design icon, especially thanks to the rounded and smooth body with interesting proportions.
The sports model was named TT after the Tourist Trophy, a legendary race on the Isle of Man, where in the past drivers of the German machines of the Audi-related brands DKW and NSU also collected successes.
The first generation saw 276,560 cars produced in nine years.
The successor was introduced in April 2006, using the more modern PQ35 platform as a basis. In terms of design, the car followed its predecessor, but the range of engines was significantly expanded. While the original only offered different performance versions of the 1.8 T engine (turbocharged gasoline four-cylinder) and a six-cylinder with a volume of 3.2 liters, the “two” additionally received a turbocharged two-liter, a 2.5-liter five-cylinder (also with a turbo) and even a diesel engine – a two-liter four-cylinder turbodiesel with power of 125 kW.
The third – and last – version, built on the modular MQB platform, was shown to the world in March 2014 at the Geneva Motor Show. Although it lost the six-cylinder, it retained the excellent five-cylinder that the RS model boasted.
A few days ago, the life of the Audi TT ended, at least in the form in which we know it – as a compact sports car with an internal combustion engine.
In this regard, TT will not have a direct successor. However, we cannot rule out that Audi will offer a successor to the cleric. It has been speculated for some time that the German automaker could be working on a sport-tuned model with an electric drive. But we have no idea if it will be a traditional coupe or a roadster. Honestly, in an age that favors various crossovers, we don’t hold out much hope…