Third time’s a charm

Audi’s retro rocket is fi­nally de­liv­er­ing the per­for­mance to match the looks

Herald Sun - Motoring - - The Tick -

THE latest Audi TT is very dif­fer­ent.

It’s a retro car that’s fi­nally been brought up to date and is a lot bet­ter for the change.

It’s sharper look­ing, a much sharper drive, more roomy and a car that is — fi­nally — more than just a fash­ion ac­ces­sory.

In some ways, it’s a lot like the Volk­swa­gen Bee­tle.

Please ex­cuse the history les­son, but both cars ar­rived when retro was big — just like the first born-again Mini — and baby boomer buy­ers were happy to get the style even if the sub­stance fell short of the mark.

The Mini and Bee­tle were ob­vi­ously inspired by cars that hit their peak in the six­ties while the TT took its look from an Audi racer from the 1930s.

It’s taken un­til now for Volk­swa­gen to get the Bee­tle right, which is prob­a­bly too late, and I’ve fi­nally just driven a crack­ing Mini JCW which makes me smile.

This is the third-gen­er­a­tion TT and it is changed in ev­ery way from the car I first drove in the late 1990s.

The first one turned heads ev­ery­where but was not par­tic­u­larly good to drive, with a cramped cabin lack­ing in vis­i­bil­ity.

Things got a bit bet­ter with TT2, although Audi was us­ing mod­els like the go-faster TT RS

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