10 reasons why the Audi TT is one of the best sports cars for everyday people

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The Audi TT was conceived in the year 1998 and since then there have been three different generations of the small German built sports car. They vary in design, drivetrain, driver feel and of course price. However, all TTs have one thing in common: they share the magical recipe of a sports car, a short wheelbase, beautiful design and a driver who feels like no other.

Some might argue that the Toyota 86 or Mazda Miata should be the best car for sports car buyers, but we think the Audi TT is also a worthy contender. Without further ado, let’s dive into why.

10 Abundance of engine options

One thing that so-called ordinary people are afraid of is the engine of their favorite vehicle. Whether that’s due to reliability issues, or maybe too little power. Fortunately, the Audi TT is behind you.

Over the 3 different generations the TT went through, it had over 10 different engine choices. The most powerful powertrain found was available in the latest MK3 Audi TT RS, and it was a turbocharged 2.5-liter five-cylinder that put out 394 horsepower and 354 lb-ft of torque; its least powerful was a 1.8-liter turbocharged inline-four found in the early TTs.

9 Baby R8

The Audi R8 is one of the best modern supercars ever built. They used either a mid-mounted V8 or V10 engine, but the V10 is the one that made them the most popular. Like the R8, the TT was also equipped with a wide range of engines, but the most notable is the aforementioned five-cylinder turbocharged.

If you have a good understanding of math equations, you may have realized that 10 dives by two equals 5, which is why people consider the turbocharged 5 pot to be equivalent to that of a mini V10 – hence the TT’s reputation as a watered down R8.

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8 Quattro four-wheel drive

It almost feels like all automakers have gone out of their way to perfect the all-wheel drive system, but few have come close to the Audi-built Quattro all-wheel drive system that gained its legendary status thanks to the Quattro Sport S1.

It may not be as technologically advanced as BMW’s xDrive system – although Audi’s latest RS3 puts a unique spin on it – the consistency on and off road is uncanny. Sure, the off-road capability may not appeal to potential buyers, but the insane grip is another story.

7 Easy to live with

This is probably one of the biggest reasons ordinary people would want to invest in an Audi TT… its versatility. We’ve already covered its basics, with a plethora of engine options to suit any buyer’s needs, and it also has four-wheel drive if your weather conditions require it, but there’s more than just that.

It’s actually practical on the inside, and we don’t mean you can fit adults comfortably in the back seats, but they’re there if needed, and the boot space is much more impressive than other cars in this segment, like the Porsche Cayman.

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6 Timeless design

The first Audi TT adopted a retro-inspired design, but that doesn’t mean it’s terribly outdated, quite the contrary. Its sparkly wheel fenders and curvaceous rear made it attractive from all angles, and while bold for the time, its simplistic design has aged gracefully.

Exactly the same can be said of the second generation and the last, albeit that they became more aggressive and conspicuous over the years.

5 affordability

The main reason why ordinary people should trade in their current car for an Audi TT is that it is affordable. On the one hand, they’re not unreasonably expensive to maintain, but thanks to our old friend depreciation, they’re more affordable than ever to pick up.

On CarGurus we found a plethora of TTs under $10,000and if the base models don’t appeal to you, you can always spend some extra cash and buy a TT RS.

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4 Gear stick

While the third-generation Audi TT isn’t offered with a stick shift, both the first and second-generation vehicles do – and that’s the secret in the pudding.

The latest Audi TT makes up for the lack of manual transmission with a mountain of power, but the older one makes up for the lack of power with a more driver-focused driving experience.

3 A wise investment

The used car market seems to be almost in a frenzy these days, but there’s always one constant: Rare cars are rising in value, especially fun ones, and that’s where the TT comes into play.

TTs weren’t sold in limited numbers, but since the TT has just been discontinued, you can be sure that they will hold their value or increase in value for the foreseeable future, especially those equipped with a manual transmission and powerful drivetrain .

2 Aftermarket Support

Outwardly all TT generations were attractive looking cars, but if for some reason you think it’s not quite to your taste you can always use a new set of wheels, maybe new suspension and other exterior tweaks to fit it to your exact needs and wishes.

Performance-wise, the TTs were surprisingly good, especially the RS versions of them, but the aftermarket tweaks have had the biggest impact on the turbocharged five in-line engines. Just look at this 900 hp TT RS MTR Performance.


1 The TT is stopped

We’ve spilled before on our list that the TT will be discontinued, but that not only impacts the resale value, it also means there won’t be anything like this anymore.

Rumor has it that Audi will replace the TT with another compact electric car, it might even have four doors, but that’s not the point. If you can get your hands on a TT, you’ll have one of the last fun sports cars ever built in modern times, and if that’s not a reason to want to buy one, we don’t know what.