Audi TT history explained

Now in its third generation, the Audi TT is certainly one of the most desirable models currently available in the lineup of the Ingolstadt-based automaker. It all started in 1995 with a TT concept which previewed the production model (8N) that eventually went on sale three years later as a coupe. In 1999 the TT received a roadster derivative and in June 2006 production of the first generation ended.

The second-gen model was previewed at the 2005 Tokyo Motor Show through a Shooting Brake concept car that announced a more angular styling approach, thus a departure from the original model which had rounder shapes. The production-ready second generation Audi TT (8J) was unveiled in April 2006 and went into production in August of that year. Hotter TT-S and TT RS models arrived in the years to come packing a more aggressive styling and increased output.

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Fast forward to the present, the third generation Audi TT (8S) saw the light of day in March at the Geneva Motor Show where the Germans also showcased the TT-S variant. This more appealing version is motivated by a turbocharged four-cylinder direct-injection gasoline engine that delivers 310 bhp and 380 Nm, enough for a 0-100 km/h run in 4.7 seconds and an electronically-capped top speed of 250 km/h.

Adrian Padeanu

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