Video: A brief history of the Audi TT
First hitting showrooms in 1998, Audi could not have predicted just how popular the first generation TT was to be. Styled by Peter Schreyer – who's now working his magic over at Kia – the sleek coupe became a design icon, and thrust Audi into the public conscience as a desirable brand and serious rival to the then dominant BMW and Mercedes-Benz.
With the design nailed, Audi focussed on making the TT more of a driver's car for the replacement model, which debuted in 2006. Not only were there hot S and RS derivatives, even entry-level models were lighter, more focussed and available with trick tech, such as magnetic dampers that allowed drivers to alter the car's ride at the push of a button.
The new model, due in showrooms later this year, continues this technological onslaught, featuring a full TFT dashboard display, which can be altered to show a huge sat-nav display, amongst other things. Not wanting to rock the boat design wise, the new car is certainly more evolution than revolution, but brings the TT bang up to date with its crisp lines and purposeful stance.
Click play below for a history lesson on one of the most popular Audi models ever to go on sale.