You could be forgiven for thinking that the VAG 1.8 liter turbocharged motor was the go-to motor for the company in the late 90s and early 00s. It appeared nearly everywhere in the U.S.; the Golf, Jetta, GTI, GLI, Passat, Beetle, Audi A4 and Audi TT all received the forced-induction unit. And that was just in the U.S.; go to Europe, and you’d find many more models (the A6 and Sharan) and even other companies (VAG’s Skoda and SEAT) with the venerable motor. They were used in race series like Formula Palmer as well. You’d also be forgiven for thinking they were all the same – however, a pause for thought would tell you they couldn’t be. First off, there were the drive train configurations; the Golf-based variants have their engines mounted transversely, while the Audi A4-based cars have them longitudinally. Then there is the output that was available from the factory; the 1.8T started with 150 horsepower in the early 1990s and ended with 240 horsepower in the highest output TT Sport. The natural assumption would be to think they had just turned up the boost, but in fact there were a host of changes to the higher horsepower motors to help sustain the increased pressure.
There are, in fact, no less than 13 distinct versions of the 1.8T from that generation. All shared the same basic structure; cast iron block, 20 valve head with a single turbocharger; but details including injection, crank, computers and engine management and breather systems vary in between each of the models. The Audi TT was the only one to offer various engine outputs here; available in either 180 horsepower or 225 horsepower versions, the later of which was pared with a 6-speed manual and Haldex viscous-coupling all-wheel drive. Though heavy, they were nonetheless sprightly thanks to the turbocharged mill. I’ve said for some time now that I think these will eventually be more collectable as they were an important part of the development of the company, yet few remain in good shape. Were I going to get one, I’d opt for one of the 2002 special edition coupes; the ALMS edition, launched to celebrate the American Le Mans Series victory by Audi’s R8 race car. Available in two colors, Misano Red with extended Silver Nappa leather or Avus Silver Pearl with Brilliant Red Nappa leather, they were mostly an appearance package but also received special 18″ ‘Celebration’ alloys and were limited to 500 examples each:
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Model: TT Coupe 225 quattro ALMS Edition
Engine: 1.8 liter turbocharged inline-4
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: 89,562 mi
Location: Reading, Pennsylvania
Price: $10,500 Buy It Now
Offered by BN Imports
Two owner and basically all stock, 2002 Audi TT ALMS Edition with a 225hp 1.8t engine, Quattro AWD system and 6-speed manual transmission. The ALMS Edition was limited to 1,000 cars and only 500 came in Avus Silver with Misano Red interior. Other ALMS Edition items include 18” wheels, extended leather interior including steering wheel and e-brake handle (in Misano Red), and rear spoiler. This TT is optioned with heated front seats along with Bose sound.
This TT has had new tires all around within the last 7,000 miles, regular oil changes, four wheel alignment + replacement shocks and struts all around and front axles.
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Out of the gate, Avus Silver Pearl is my preferred exterior color on these and the Misano Red leather is sure eye-catching. The Celebration wheels are still there and look to be in good shape. Miles are lower and the general condition appears to be better than average. Downsides? Well it shouldn’t take you long to spot the vinyl application of the R8 ‘blades’ in the rear, which hopefully should be removable and not hiding damage. The AMU 1.8T also sports an aftermarket intake filter. The combination of those two items would have me a little worried about previous ownership treatment, but at least it was an enthusiast? There do appear to be some records available and work done recently. Whether this equates to $10,500 worth of selling price is another matter. The ALMS cars do hold higher residual value over normal TTs, so if you like the color combination and don’t mind a bit of ‘unpimping‘, this one might not be a bad deal.