Tuesday, May 5, 2015

5k: Syncro de Mayo: 2002 Audi TT Quattro

Time to switch gears and offer something for our celebration of Syncro de Mayo with an Audi badge on it -- this time from the VW group PQ34 platform.   The first generation Audi TT was designed by J Mays and Freeman Thomas and features a modern take on the Bauhaus school of design.  The fact that the smooth sheet metal covered a plebian VW Golf/New Beetle chassis didn't stop approximately 300,000 people from buying one from the Audi showroom between 1998 and 2006.  Find this 2002 Audi TT Quattro Coupe here on eBay currently bidding for $4,050 reserve-not-met with 7 days to go, located in Farmington, MN.

This Audi TT isn't the all original one-owner example you were looking for...quite the opposite, it is a fully Fast and Furiouzed version sporting blacked out trim, blacked out taillights, and inexplicably blacked out head lights...sorta seems to defeat the purposed of a headlight. 

Under the hood is the 1.8T, a 1.8 liter inline-4 cylinder engine that pushed out 225 horsepower when new, but is now been boosted up to 300 horsepower according to the seller.  The TT has always been accused of being prettier than it is fast, but this one has gotten uglier and faster, so that's gotta count for something.

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  1. if they would just finish tinting the windshield it would be perfect!

  2. I have the same year but in ALMS trim in silver with red leather. Dang, $4,050 is a steal.

  3. This is really Quattro De Mayo isn't it?
    I had a life changing experience because of meeting J Mays and Freeman Thomas. I was a young lad working at prototype source in Santa Barbara. We built promotional vehicles and prototype show cars for the industry. We helped with the TT and the new Beetle show cars. Audi/VW was in Semi Valley at the time and it was the place to be. It was really a brilliant tank of talent. I dealt with bondo and fiberglass all day, not the most glorious job. The designers would come in and I was always amazed by them. I asked them how they became who they are and they told me Pasadena Art Center. I started taking night classes after work and put together a portfolio. Never thought I was gong to get in. The rest is history I guess. Pretty thankful for those guys leading me in the right direction.

    1. "The rest is history I guess" Tell more!
      And I bet that bondo/fiberglass experience really helps with your car projects.

      BTW, Love the car except for the smoked lenses and the engine is turned the wrong direction 8^)

  4. Back in 2004, I had an '04 TT Quattro roadster (but with the 3.2 V6) and really loved the car. Car handled like it was on rails and, although I maintained it well, drove the piss out of it and never had an issue with it. It would kill just about anything in the wet. A friend had a mildly modified A4 with the 1.8 turbo and that was a FUN car... made me wish I had the 1.8t option in the TT with some mods as well. This one makes me miss my TT.

  5. Ah, from the vintage when Audi recalled all the TTs to neuter them after the Autobahn incidents where a whiff of throttle resulted in TTs traveling 130mph backward into the guardrails...

  6. If I recall Audi added a rear spoiler as the fix.

    1. The rear ducktail was part of it; they also ripped out and replaced the entire suspension and recalibrated the stability control to make sure the thing understeered like a brick.

    2. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D63mz_SGOOI


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