The Bauhaus styled mark 1 Audi TT was released in 1998 to instant acclaim and backpats all around the Volkswagen group board rooms. Wait...Volkswagen? Yup, the TT was built on VW's Group A platform, which means it shares its front-engine front-drive default setup with the Volkswagen Golf and New Beetle, but with a number of significant upgrades. Find this 2003 Audi TT Quattro offered for $6,900 in Santa Cruz, CA via craigslist.
The seller doesn't specify if this TT is the 180 horsepower or 225 horsepower version, but a peek on the inside shows a 6-speed manual shifter, which means this is the 225 horsepower 1.8T with the larger K04 turbocharger and a few other upgraded goodies.
The 1.8 liter inline-4 has 5 valves per cylinder and pushes 225 horsepower and 207 ft-lbs of torque into all four wheels via a Haldex 4-wheel-drive system. It isn't often that a nice example of the 225 horsepower TT shows up in my favorite TT color, so I give this one two thumbs up.
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