Published on November 24th, 2023 | by Sounder Rajen0
Audi TT Bids Farewell After 25 Years As Production Officially Ends
Look back at how the Audi TT became a design icon as we celebrate its legacy
Well, it’s official, while we have all known for a while now that the Audi TT was going to end production, it has now been confirmed as the very last Audi TT to ever be produced has been assembled on 10 November 2023. This is the 662,762nd Audi TT to be produced from Gyor, Hungary.
The Audi TT made its debut at the Frankfurt Motor show in 1995 and officially began production on 18 February 1998. Since then, the car has been a style icon in the automotive world, symbolising freedom and spawning many special editions including a final edition for the U.S market.
Moreover, the Audi TT despite being obviously a German car, also has ties to Simi Valley in California. Yes, this is because the iconic design of the car was also influenced by Freeman Thomas, who, at the time, was still with the Volkswagen Design centre at Simi Valley, and he was brought to Audi’s Ingolstadt Design Centre.
Despite technically being a sports coupe, the Audi TT, especially in its more recent forms, is powered by a humble 2-litre turbocharged inline-4 that allows this little car to go from 0 to 100km/h in just 5.3 seconds. Some of the sportier versions of the car like the RS variant can even manage a century sprint time of under 4 seconds.
While this powertrain is the default these days, Throughout its history, the Audi TT has had various final editions in many markets and at one point, even featured a VR6 engine in its first two generations. It also offered a 5-cylinder option and this powertrain will live on in the popular Audi RS3.
On top of that, the Californian design influence that was present in the Audi TT was likely one of the biggest factors behind its success as we all know that a car’s design can make or break its desirability. This laid back but still sporty design language was definitely well received and it is not hard to see why. It just looks so good.
Of course, as with almost all other cars, there is still a chance that the Audi TT may return in the form of an electric vehicle (EV) just like how the upcoming Dodge Charger Banshee (some refer to it as the Charger Daytona, whichever you prefer) takes the iconic charger design and makes it electric.