The original Mk1 Audi TT has been making a bit of a comeback over the past year, finally gaining some appreciation as a special car. To be honest, most of that is nostalgia. While the first-gen TT was hugely popular when it first debuted, it wasn’t actually that great to drive. What made it popular, and what’s bringing its popularity back, was and still is its design.
Both the exterior and interior of the first-gen TT still look great today. But is its cabin really one of the best classic car interiors? In this new article from Top Gear, they rank some of the best classic car interiors of all time and the Mk1 Audi TT is on the list.
When the Mk1 TT first debuted, its interior was incredibly unique. It was spartan, driver-focused and simple but also ingeniously laid out and made from rich materials. Its design was also lovely, with a minimalism that’s still copied today, to varying degrees of success. Hell, even newer generations of TTs struggled with matching the originals’ blend of minimalism, driver-orientation and premium feel.
Fun fact: the man who designed the first TT’s interior is also the same man who designed the brand-new Bentley Continental’s interior, which is nothing short of spectacular.
Personally, I love the design of the Mk1 Audi TT, especially its interior, so I’m wholly on board with designating it one of the all-time greats. In fact, the only thing stopping me from buying one is my need for a proper back seat. Otherwise, I’d have one as my daily.
It’s nice to see the original TT getting the love it deserves. It’s still not a great driving car but it’s also not bad either and it can be made better with some simple mods, such as a new suspension, camber adjustment and an engine tune. However, you don’t buy a Mk1 Audi TT for its dynamics. You buy it because it’s cool and its interior is one of the coolest aspects of it.
[Source: Top Gear]