Twenty-five years: it’s a long time. Everything was different back in 1998 – from fashion to music to the heady sense of optimism after the fall of the Berlin Wall, and the slight air of hedonism that seems to have defined the 1990s as a decade.
It was also the year that saw the introduction of a highly desirable two-seater sports car that proved immensely popular. And now, a quarter of a century later, the iconic Audi TT has reached the end of its particular road.
For 25 years the Audi TT has been a trailblazer in the sports car segment and to celebrate its success Audi is launching a highly specified Final Edition as production draws to a close.
The TT was first introduced to the world at the 1995 Frankfurt Motor Show, although it was to be a further three years later before the iconic silhouette of the showcar made the transition into full production. The Mk1 Audi TT is now considered one of the most influential car designs of all time and the original’s elegant simplicity can still be seen in today’s model 25 years later.
But not for much longer.
Designed to sit towards the top of the TT’s specification range, the Final Edition will feature exclusive design touches and an increased level of standard equipment when it goes on sale in March. Available as a coupe or a roadster in both standard TT and TT S versions, Audi has gone all out to make this final model the best yet.
The Final Edition is marked out by the black styling pack with black Audi rings and badging, black door mirrors, black tailpipes and a fixed rear spoiler also finished in black. Roadster models also benefit from rollover bars and wind diffuser finished in black. Privacy glass (coupé versions only) and red brake callipers housed behind 20-inch matt grey diamond cut alloy wheels complete the exterior upgrade. Drivers will have the choice between Tango Red, Glacier White, and Chronos Grey metallic paint as standard.
Inside, a wealth of additional comfort and convenience features bring the driver-focussed cabin of the TT Final Edition to new levels. The armrests in the doors, door pull handles and trim on the centre console are all finished in leather. An Alcantara steering wheel with red stitching and 12 o’clock marker is unique to the Final Edition, along with the Tango red inserts on the seats, air vents and centre console (again, only on coupé versions). Further enhancements include Alcantara-trimmed seats with decorative red stitching and red piping on the floor mats.
Audi’s Technology Pack is also fitted as standard
The Technology Pack adds MMI Navigation Plus with MMI Touch and Audi Connect Infotainment Services, which allows you to access live information such as local fuel prices and weather forecasts via the MMI system’s high-speed internet connection. The Comfort & Sound Pack has also been added to the TT S version as a further standard upgrade, giving you a Bang & Olufsen sound system, advanced key, reversing camera and a full suite of parking sensors.
To coincide with the launch of the TT Final Edition, Audi has also streamlined its model offering of the sports coupé. The outgoing line-up of 11 models will be reduced to six: S Line, Black Edition, Final Edition, S Final Edition, RS and RS Sport Edition.
“Few models have lasted the test of time as well as the Audi TT,” commented Andrew Doyle, Director of Audi UK. “The crisp, Bauhaus-inspired lines of the sports coupé look as fresh today as they did back in 1998 and to mark the model’s incredible success here in the UK our Final Edition combines everything our customers love about this iconic model.”
We think that sums up the impact of this particular car very well.
And if you fancy a slice of motoring history there’s no reason why you shouldn’t be leasing yourself an Audi TT Final Edition, before the opportunity to drive an icon of automotive design finally disappears over the horizon.
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