What it is
Audi may have felt it needed to shake reporters out of their complacency, because at first glance the new 2008 Audi TT appears to be no more than a freshening of the existing 2+2 sports coupe. However, this a complete redesign that is 5.4 inches longer and 3.1 inches wider than the original TT. Shaped to reflect the original TT’s design vocabulary, the 2008 version clearly employs current Audi styling cues, such as the single-frame grille which is clearly seen in the car’s face. Established design themes of circles and domes continue in the new car, preserved though Audi wanted the new TT to appear stretched, taut, striving to move forward even when standing still. Audi has employed its ASF Space Frame architecture to the new TT, but in a 69/31 blend of aluminum and steel for optimum balance. At the rear, a spoiler automatically deploys at 75 mph to increase downforce and high-speed stability.
A convertible version of the 2008 Audi TT will also be available shortly after the car arrives in the spring of 2007.
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Photos by Ron Perry and courtesy of Audi