Celebrating the Audi TT

The Audi TT has been with us for 20 years now. Let’s take a moment to celebrate it… before it goes away.

The Audi TT RS is so good we had to give it another go

Audi is prepping to kill off the TT as we know it. There are rumors that it should return packing e-tron electrical bits, which would be great. But that hasn’t been confirmed yet, so we just have to wait and see what Audi has in store for its smartly styled hatchback coupe sports car.

[Disclaimer: Audi tossed us the keys to both the 20th anniversary TT and the RS. A tank of fuel was included with each.]

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5 responses to “Celebrating the Audi TT”

  1. outback_ute Avatar

    Not sure why Audi don’t use the 5 cylinder engine more widely

  2. Zentropy Avatar

    I respect the objective performance that this Audi achieves, and what little interior it provides is a very nice place to sit, but the TT isn’t a car I will personally miss, be it short- or long-term. It’s an impressive machine that– like every other Audi I’ve ever driven– has absolutely no personality. I appreciate their obvious precision-engineering, but Audis all feel very… sterile to me. Devoid of character, like a movie that is adequately entertaining while you’re watching it in the theatre, but which leaves no lasting impression on you the moment it ends and you leave. Too much calculus, not enough poetry. That’s an Audi to me.

    I’ve never liked horses. I mean, they’re beautiful animals, and I like seeing them roam around free, but I don’t like the concept of riding them. However, I’ve always viewed my cars in a way that I imagine cowboys do their horses. Not just as a means of transportation, but as a companion of sorts, one with moods, flaws, and idiosyncrasies. I’ve never nicknamed my vehicles, but I’ve definitely grown attached to some, and the ones that I really value feel almost like an extension of my personality. From my experience with the brand, I don’t think I can feel that way about an Audi.

    So, to me, the TT possibly returning as an e-tron seems appropriate. It seems like a perfect vessel for a soul-less powertrain.

    1. Maymar Avatar

      There’s a line from the TV show Community, “he’s the human equivalent of froyo,” which sticks with me for some reason. Sometimes though, it seems pretty valid to hang on Audi, it’s a pretty bland, sensible base to pile interesting stuff on. 2.0T TT? Meh. Fire-snorting I5 powered TTRS? Neat!

      1. Zentropy Avatar

        LOL on the human froyo. Hadn’t heard that one before.

        The RS’s powertrain certainly gives it go power, but fails to inject the car with personality. It’s like the Michael Phelps of the car world– a holy-shit amazing performer athletically, but mind-numbingly dull otherwise. There are cars out there with engines that positively contribute to their personality (Mustang Shelby GT350, for instance), but I can think of many cars that are brimming with enjoyable driving character despite the lack of muscle. The Volvo 240, BMW 2002, original Type 1 VW Beetle, Honda Fit, Subaru BRZ are all modest performers but rewarding rides.

        To each his own, though. My wife loves her Audi, but she appreciates it for its function, not its character. It will never be her trusty “horse”.

  3. Jerry Avatar

    Unlike Wordle’s cap of six tries to guess the word, absurdle gives you the advantage of guessing as many times as you’d like. Keep in mind the randomizer since the system is changing the secret word with the letters you have remaining as you continue on.

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