The Audi Tt -- a High-end Sports Vehicle

By: IC

Manufactured by the highly renowned and prestigious German automaker Audi, the TT version has been quite a hit ever since it became available on the market. The Audi TT is classified as a sports vehicle and it is available as a two seater roadster or a 2+2 coupe. The development of this high-quality vehicle goes back to 1994 and the main concepts were brainstormed at the Audi design Center in California.

One year later (1995) the Audi TT was featured at the Frankfurt auto show as a concept car and amazingly enough after being thoroughly reviewed the project was given a green light in order to start the production, most of the design and the original concept remained intact which is something very rare among concept vehicles. At the moment there have been two generations developed, let's take a look at them.

First-generation:

This original vehicle was launched as a coupe in 1998 and the two seater roadster version was introduced to the market one year later (1999) -- the engine feature in this generation was a 1.8L Turbo I4, 3.2L VR6, the transmission configuration is available as a five speed manual or automatic as well as a six speed automatic or DSG.

The first few TT's gained media coverage and were put on the spot light because of high-speed accidents in Europe, accidents which ended up in fatalities occurred at speeds in excess of 110 mph, this trigger a recall of both versions within this generation in order to improve the handling of very high speeds.

Second-generation:

As it is expected from later generations the Audi TT (8J) features a beautiful and refined design which was first unveiled at the 2005 Tokyo motor show as a concept vehicle, the body style shown was a two door hatchback. Later on the 2006 Audi announced second-generation which is built with aluminum at the front and steel in the rear, this was done in order to improve the balance and handling of this performance vehicle, it is also available in front or all-wheel-drive.

According to its design performance and features the second-generation vehicle entered the car and driver magazine 10 best list for 2000 and 2001 -- it was awarded several other prices and titles as well.

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