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Audi TT Buyers Guide

March 1, 2020

You've seen it around town, at car meets, and in movies with Will Smith.

This was probably one of the cars that broke your neck when you were little.

We are of course talking about the Audi TT!

Audi TTAudi TT


1. TT Mk1

The first generation of the Audi TT began in 1998.

The TT came in a 2+2 style coupe or a two-seat roadster.

The styling was extremely round and bubbly. At the time, this car looked like something out of a sci-fi movie.

The Audi TT featured a front wheel drive platform or could be equipped with Audi's reknowned Quattro all wheel drive system.

There were two engine options for this generation:

  • 1.8L Turbo I4 with 178 horsepower
  • 3.2L VR6 with 247 horsepower

There was a decent amount of modding capability with the 1.8T. Things like bolt ons and a tune can give you a decent bump in power and with the right setup, maybe even shoot some flames.

The VR6 was a stout engine when it was produced but modding capabilities are limited.

You can find the Mk1 TT usually under the $10,000 mark depending on condition.

Audi TT Mk1Audi TT Mk1

2. TT Mk2

The second generation of the TT featured began in 2006 and ran until 2014. It had all new styling and some new engines.

This is arguably the most popular TT.

The new styling had everyone excited. It was more aggressive than the first generation.

The TT got new aggressive lines and a revised interior.

The Mk2 had even more engine options than the last:

  • 2.0L Turbo I4  with 200 horsepower
  • 3.2L VR6 with 247 horsepower
  • 2.5L Turbo I5 with 355 horsepower

You read that last one right. 355 horsepower. In an Audi TT. With all wheel drive.

This engine only came in the TT RS which was a very fast, very expensive version of the TT and is by far the most desirable of them all.

Pricing for this generation TT usually ranges from $10,000-$15,000 but can reach as high as $30,000 for the RS model.

Audi TT RS Mk2Audi TT RS Mk2

3. TT Mk3

The newest generation which started in 2015 is the most aggressive generation yet.

The TT was treated to Audi's incredibly aggressive design which is shown across all their models.

While keeping the basic shape of the Mk2, the TT got new lights, bumpers, wheels, and a redesigned interior that is far superior to the previous generations.

There are three trim levels of the new TT

  • Audi TT

The standard TT comes equipped with a 2.0L turbo engine with 258 horsepower mounted to a 7-speed dual clutch transmission. Quattro is standard.

  • Audi TTS

The TTS features the same engine as the standard TT but instead makes 280 horsepower and a 0-60 time of 4.4 seconds. Not too shabby.

  • Audi TT RS

The new TT RS features the famed 2.5L turbocharged I5 and puts out an insane 394 horsepower and has a 0-60 in 3.6 seconds!


Notice we didn't mention pricing here?

Well, that's because the base TT starts at over $45,000 with the RS starting at over $67,000.

That's not a typo.

Mk3 Audi TTMk3 Audi TT

4. The Wrap Up

There is a ton to love about the TT!

We tend to see these running either air suspension or KW coilovers.

As far as wheels go, Rotiform is by far the most popular with 3SDM and BBS following behind.

The TT is a great platform for someone looking for a quirky all wheel drive coupe.


Audi TT RSAudi TT RS

See more Audi TT photos in our gallery!

We hope you enjoyed our guide on the Audi TT. If you're looking for a fun, quirky coupe, the Audi TT is a great option.

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