Third time’s a charm
Audi’s retro rocket is finally delivering the performance to match the looks
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