Friday, July 4, 2008

Year 2001 Changes and beyond - Audi TT

2000-2006 Audi TT - Consumer Guide Automotive: "2001 Audi TT: A two-passenger soft-top Roadster joined the original coupe in spring of 2000, as an early 2001 model. Also new were a standard Electronic Stability Program (ESP) to help prevent skidding, a rear spoiler, and a 225-horsepower rendition of the TT's turbocharged four-cylinder engine, driving a six-speed manual gearbox. Audi's Quattro all-wheel-drive system was standard on the Roadster and 225-horsepower coupe, and optional for the 180-bhp coupe. A power top was standard on the Quattro Roadster, but optional if the convertible had front drive. Both Roadsters had heated glass rear windows. A power-retractable glass windblocker went between the structural roll bars behind the headrests.
2002 Audi TT: Added midyear to mark Audi's participation in American LeMans Series racing were 1000 limited-production 225-hp ALMS coupes with 18-inch wheels and special trim. Also new for 2002 was a new radio with in-dash CD.
2003 Audi TT: Base models had a 6-speed automatic for the first time. Optional wheels on the 225-hosrepower model were now 18 inches.
2004 Audi TT: New for '04 is a 250-hp V6 engine standard on Audi's new V6 quattro TT, and now-standard xenon headlights. Also added mid-year was Audi's Direct Shift Gearbox, a clutchless manual that can be set to shift like an automatic.
2005 Audi TT: The TT saw no changes in 2005.
2006 Audi TT: Available satellite radio is the only change for 2006."

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'Vorsprung Dirch Technik' [ Advantage Through Technology" - Audi's German Tagline. Audi will import 5000 roadsters into North America for an on-sale date of April 2000. Half of these will be equipped as Quattros, and only 1250 are expected to be the 225-horsepower version. So what the heck does TT stand for anyway? That would be "Tourist Trophy" as in Great Britain's historic racing series of the Isle of Man. TT Now Stands for Terrifically Topless.

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