There’s been a lot of love for the original Mk1 Audi TT over the past year or so. However, it didn’t receive the same sort of love when it was new. Instead, it was actually remembered for having slightly dull handling, lackluster performance and a lack of enthusiasm. However, maybe we’ve been remembering it wrong all along.
In this retro-review from Car and Driver, we get to see what C&D thought about the TT back when it was new in 2000. According to this twenty-year old review, the Audi TT was actually a superb car to drive.
Admittedly, it’s possible that the TT’s looks seduced the drivers, as they couldn’t stop talking about its design. Still, almost all of C&D’s staffers claimed to love the TT’s handling and performance, even if neither were at the top of the segment at the time. The fact that the Audi TT drove as well as it did while looking as good as it did was what made it so special. It looked like nothing else on the road and provided a great driving experience. So its overall package was better than its competitors, each of which may have been better at specific things.
It’s funny to read such a review because the TT is often remembered as a bit of a driving dud. It was given all sorts of nicknames, like the “Hairdresser’s Car”, because of its great looks but supposedly lackluster driving dynamics. However, this C&D review contradicts all of those old claims. We’d love to drive a relatively stock Mk1 Audi TT to see what it’s like to drive now, after all these years, to see who’s right.
Maybe we’ll just have to add one to the QuattroDaily family, give it a good tune, and prove that it isn’t only for hairdressers (though, hairdressers can drive kickass cars, too).
Car and Driver]