DRIVEN | Audi's TT hits the sweet spot

Image: Audi
Image: Audi

A friend of mine tweeted something rather interesting; he asked: "what's the first car you think of when you hear a certain car brand?". 

Which brings me onto the TT, the first car I associate with Audi. The original TT, named after the famous Isle of Man Tourist Trophy (TT) motorcycle race, when launched in 1998 didn't look too different from the concept. 

Legendary car designer Peter Schreyer is the man who was behind the pen that designed the TT. 

Its gorgeous lines and distinctive curves made it stand out among other coupes from rivals. When I see one on the roads now, I try and at least ogle at it for a few seconds, because it's a stunning-looking car that has aged beautifully. 

I'll put my head on a block and say it's a definite future classic. 

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The TT is now in its third generation, and I've recently had the facelifted version on test. It now sports a far sharper look with a front end dominated by a three-dimensional single-frame radiator grille, and large side air intakes. 

A glance at the profile of the TT reveals a beautiful, sleek shape. At the rear, the twin fat tailpipes finish off things pretty nicely, and hint at the car's sporty intentions. 

Let's get to why I reckon Audi has hit the sweet spot with the TT; the cabin is superb with a chunky flat-bottomed steering wheel and 31cm display that shows all indicators. Audi has some of the best ergonomically-sound cabins, and the TT's is right up there. 

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What's it like to drive?  

The model under review is badged 45 TFSI S Tronic, and is powered by a smooth 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine with 169kW and 370Nm mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox.

Audi quotes a 0-100km/h sprint time of 5.9 seconds and I don't doubt that for a minute. Audi has tweaked the box to offer close-ratio lower gears for stupendous acceleration off the line. 

Pick a couple of twisty roads and the TT shows off with grip, poise, and decent steering feel. It's a pleasing car to drive and one that can be enjoyed being used to work and back (if you're single or don't have any kids), and also enjoy on the weekend. 

It has a lovely deep growl, and pops and bangs like all these modified blown four-cylinder engines do. With a starting price of R670 000, the TT is definitely a 'you' purchase. This car isn't for a family or to move things around in. 

It's a stylish coupe that has a bloody good engine and rewards the driver with brilliant driving dynamics. It's a car Peter Schreyer and his team would be proud of too. 


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