Introduced to North America in 1999, as a 2000 model, the Audi TT was a revelation of design. The Audi’s rounded shape resembled that of the ancient Egyptian scarab, while its interior was an amalgam of circles and aluminum trim deftly blended into an avant-garde design. Though it was based on the Volkswagen Golf’s platform, the Audi looked nothing like the car from which it was derived.
The TT was first shown as a concept car at the 1995 Frankfurt Auto Show. For those of you who don't know, Audi does not use the name of the car to draw attention to a certain aspect of the female anatomy. The initials TT stand for Tourist Trophy, a very rigorous and highly technical road race held on the Isle of Man.
Difficult to classify, the Audi TT—while definitely a two-seat automobile, isn't really a sports car. The Audi is really more of a sports tourer. Yes, it offers commendable handling, and yes it offers a distinctive style. However, with its comfortable ride, high style, and Quattro all-wheel-drive system, the Audi is more about comfortable long distance travel at high speeds than it is out and out curve carving.
Offered in both coupe and convertible formats, and with either front– or all–wheel drive, there have been two generations of the Audi TT since it was introduced. A complete redesign hit the market in 2008.