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Audi TT – Style leader with good technology

In the mid 1990s Audi was known for their technical development but not their design.

The Quattro had been a very successful rally car for example but it had all the looks of being styled from a Besser brick

But in 1995 they released the TT, a small sports car.

The first design had a very rounded look with lines from a circle.

It was cute but had hints of a VW Beetle or an up market Daihatsu Copen.

The next model in 2006 was much better and now they have launched the 3rd generation which continues the look of being based on the shape of a wave.

To tell us all about it I have on the line motoring journalist Ian Crawford

  • It’s a sweet looking car
  • Front has the look of the R8
  • Overall a little smaller but longer wheel base and wider track
  • Comfortable in the driving position
  • Interior – inspired by aircraft
  • Interesting dials – no screen in the middle – the dash is a virtual screen – 12 inches across – can project the satellite navigation
  • Three air vents in the centre with controls in the dials
  • Simplified the buttons and switches
  • Handles well
  • Quattro – the front wheel drive version felt a bit lighter – the all wheel drive felt more secure – great for coming out of corners
  • At the moment just one engine
  • It performed very well for 169 Kw
  • 9 litre fuel consumption
  • Only car in Australia that achieves 0-60 in 6 seconds and less that 6 l/100 (excluding hybrids and diesels)
  • Can select five driving settings from eco to individual
  • 43% female 57%
  • $71,950 (when first launch it was $73,000 and didn’t even have cruise control)

 

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