If the minor nomenclature differences between what constitutes a BMW with sport items, a Sport model, and a M-Sport model can be confusing, the ordering of model designation in Audiâ€™s TT lineup is downright infuriating. Technically, I think the correct order for the model is as shown above â€“ Audi TT Coupe 225 quattro ALMS Edition.
And hereâ€™s the trick. First you needed to differentiate if you ordered a Coupe or Roadster. In 2002, you could get a front-drive coupe with the 180 horsepower engine, and you could also get the 180 horsepower motor with optional Haldex quattro all-wheel drive. But if you selected a Roadster, you couldnâ€™t get a 180 quattro. Now, if you went for the upgraded 225 horsepower motor, you automatically got quattro â€“ there was no front-drive option. That makes the â€œquattroâ€ moniker after any 225 model redundant. Even more redundant in this case is the â€œCoupeâ€ moniker, because if you opted for the ALMS appearance package in the 2002 model year, the hardtop was your only choice. So if you referred to this as a TT ALMS â€“ as many do â€“ the rest would follow â€“ youâ€™ve got by default a 6-speed manual 225 horsepower quattro Coupe. For many, this makes the ALMS one of the most desirable 8N TTs, and the limited run of 1,000 examples in either Misano Red Pearl with Silver Gray Nappa leather or, as show here Avus Silver Pearl with contrasting Brilliant Red Leather tends to command a premium over other examples of the first-gen Golf-based model: