The Audi TT. Look at it. It's one of the best looking cars ever. What
started out as a "surely that will never be made?" concept car
has crept off the 1995 Frankfurt Motor Show floor and onto the forecourts
of Audi dealers.
There have been some changes and, for the car nerd amongst you,
they are :
Are we done? Lets move on.
So, let's take a look at the interior. Often in sports cars you will
find that the interior is a let-down. The inside of this car aesthetically
blows away any sports car interior you care to mention - Alfa Romeo 156?
Fiat TT? Not even close.
The main use of this is in the aluminium rings found everywhere, each one with eight dimples pressed into it. They are on the steering wheel, the bottom of the gear lever gaiter, the gear lever knob, the glovebox lid and the stereo flap. It all adds up to an industrial feel - slightly exposed and hard edged.
Back onto the drive, this is the 1.8 T Quattro, it pushes out a respectable 180bhp using a 20v 1781cc twin cam engine. From a standing start it doesn't feel all that fast, there is no evidence of the wailing sports car sound that its looks hint at. The sound is flat and dull in first and second gear, this is a car that does it's best work in fourth and fifth. There is no obvious turbo lag, so much so that the turbo would be hard to spot if you didn't already know it was there.
The gearbox is good, it has a solid throw but isn't incredibly sharp or short and, to be honest, it's not the perfect gear change for a sports car.
To finish, this is an amazing-looking car with performance that doesn't match its looks. That is the only let
down. Buy this car safe in the
knowledge that it is simply one of the best looking cars money can buy for
a relatively low price. Do not buy this car expecting to out-run the likes
of a Porsche Boxter or a BMW Z3.
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