To say that the Audi TT has come a long way is an understatement. 20 years ago, the first of these curious little two-door compact sports cars was born in the Ingolstadt plant. It received its even more curious monicker from the British Isle of Man Tourist Trophy (TT), an annual motorcycle race that the NSU fervently took part in until it was bought by Volkswagen and folded into its Auto Union — or Audi as we know it today. Now, the German powerhouse is blowing out the candles to its birthday in the most deserving fashion possible — with a limited edition run.
Simply called TT 20 Years, the 999-limited edition run will come with a number of enhancements that’ll evoke nostalgia in even the most ardent of fans. Paintwork comes in two sentimental shades of Pfeilgrau (Arrow Gray) and its darker counterpart Nanograu, with the former being Ulrich Hackenberg’s (Audi then head of technical development) favourite colour. The latter is a few shades lighter than the original car’s Nimbus Gray hue, but still a decent homage nonetheless.
There will also be shiny metallic 19-inch wheels that reflect the same style and finishing seen on the first-generation Audi TT Roadster. Matte Audi rings on the flanks, special badging, and tailpipes with a special polished design are also hints that this isn’t a regular TT. The back receives a more contemporary touch with OLED taillights from the RS model.
To evoke the famous “baseball glove” interiors that used to be synonymous with the first-gen roadsters (as a pricey option, of course), the inside is filled with Mocassin Brown leather on the steering wheel and seats, all of which are cross-stitched with contrasting yellow thread.
Needless to say, this special edition ride will be based on the standard TT coupe and roadster, and with only one powertrain option. The 2.0-litre turbocharged 45 TFSI is good for 245hp and 370Nm of torque, which is plenty for this pint-sized machine to hit 100kph in 5.9 seconds, and onto its limited top speed of 250kph. The package includes the quattro all-wheel drive and seven-speed S tronic dual-clutch automatic transmission.
We couldn’t think of a better celebration than with this future classic.