2002 Audi TT quattro 225 ALMS Edition

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 and even other companies with the venerable motor. 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 horizontally, 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 and ended with 240 horsepower in the highest output TTs. Immediately, you’d think they had just turned up the boost, but in fact there were a host of changes to the 225 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, 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 though; 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 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:

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Coupe Week 10K Friday: CL600 v. 840Ci v. Corrado SLC v. TT quattro

Time for another 10K Friday roundup, and this time I’m focusing on Coupe Week for the theme. That results in a diverse selection to choose from; from a turbocharged 1.8 inline four right through a twin-turbo V12, we have front drive, all-wheel drive and two rear-drivers. Three are automatics with one manual and ten years separate the oldest to newest; yet these are all two-door cars that fit into the $10,000 budget price range. I wanted also to include a Porsche, but wanted to cover models that we hadn’t seen in other posts and the closest I could get in a 911 was in the mid-teens, so we’re down to four choices. Who wins this crazy competition?

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Future Classic: 2002 Audi TT quattro 225

Without going any farther into detail, I’m aware that the title alone will leave several of you disagreeing with me. Perhaps everyone will. But at the very least, in my mind I really think that the first generation Audi TT is a future classic. It’s hard to look back at the 8N Volkswagen Golf-based with complete objectivity, but if you go all the way back to when this car was first designed – 1994 – you can start to see why there’s an important legacy to the Audi TT. In many ways, it revolutionized Audi’s lineup. There was simply nothing like it before; even the much-loved Quattro was really a carefully re-crafted sedan. But the TT looked bespoke with a slinky body hiding the rather pedestrian underpinnings. Then there was the all-wheel drive system, which introduced the first Haldex all-wheel drive to U.S. customers. Truth told it was mostly front drive and these TTs don’t have the best driving experience that an Audi has ever provided, which I’m sure some detractors will immediately point towards since Audis in general aren’t known as supreme driver’s cars. But to me, the A8, A4 and TT all worked together to save Audi for us here in North America. They created a buzz about the company; for the first time since 1980, they were once again on the cutting edge of German design and desirability and they haven’t looked back since. They made a lot of these TTs so there are plenty to choose from, but this one really stood out to me:

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Ultra Low-Mileage 2001 Audi TT

The 1998 release of the original Audi TT marks the second game-changing shift in the modern history of Audi. The first was obviously the advent of Quattro, and while four-wheel drive on normal cars changed the way every major automaker looked at traction, most Audis continued to be unassuming boxes that most of the world ignored. When the TT came out, it was unlike anything on the road. It referenced the Auto Union racers while taking sports coupe styling straight into the 21st century. With this progressive toy in their pocket, Audi was able to leap into the 2000s perceived as a cooler and classier car company than ever before.

Sure, cynics may choose to focus on similarities with the VW New Beetle (it rode on the same platform, after all), but while the Beetle will be smirked at forever, the TT will stand as remarkable design. Perhaps more notable than the styling is the fact that despite being 12 years old, this TT has covered fewer than 10k miles. Less than 800 miles per year! Combined with great choices like the 225hp turbo with quattro, blocky 5-spokes, and so-dull-it’s-awesome Aviator Gray. You’d be hard pressed to find another TT with fewer miles than its price.

Year: 2001
Model: TT
Engine: 1.8 liter turbocharged inline four
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: 9,348
Price: $14,988

2001 Audi TT for sale in Marin, CA

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This 2001 Audi TT 2dr quattro AWD coupe features a 1.8L FI 20V Turbo 4 cylinder gasoline engine. It is equipped with a 6-speed manual transmission. The vehicle is Denim Blue Pearl with an other leather interior. It is offered as-is, extended warranty is available. One owner driven locally, super clean, air conditioning, climate control, cruise control, power steering, power windows, power door locks, power mirrors, clock, tachometer, tilt steering wheel, telescoping steering wheel, driver airbag, passenger airbag, side airbags, keyless entry, security system, ABS brakes, traction control, rear defogger, AM-FM, CD player, anti-theft, leather interior surfaces, heated mirrors

I’m not sure why they call it Denim Blue Pearl. Beyond that, this seems like an immaculate TT that has barely had a chance to have fun! $15k seems about right for a TT of this quality and freshness. If you fell in love when they came out but couldn’t afford one, now is the time.

-NR