Years of refinement, strange new badges and an expensive colour come together in this Sprint Review of the Audi TT.
The hot gospel
Did you know that the Ford Focus is the best-handling hatchback (“…in the world”), American cars can’t go around corners, every petrolhead needs to own an Alfa and the Nürburgring is 21km long? If you believe any of this, and that an Audi TT is only for air hostesses, then you suffer from something I call “Clarksonitis”.
Bold design and strong customization for this city SUV
“So what’s it like?” asks a friend, shortly after my return from the Audi Q2 launch in Cape Town. While I regurgitate specifications and give lively driving impressions, her face starts shriveling in bewilderment. “No, no…” she perks up again, “…does it really look as funky as in the photos?”
The cool hype
Indifference. It’s taken me quite a while to find that word as it perfectly describes my sentiments about our most recent test car – the Audi TT. While I can’t find anything majorly wrong with this new one, or indeed the two preceding models, it just leaves me completely and utterly cold.
The basic suspect
Sometimes it feels that the collective car makers are building a car for every person. New models, filling niches, updating a range, they just keep on coming. Obviously this is quite enjoyable when you’re a motoring journalist but it also means that you have to get your head around cars like the Audi A3 Cabriolet.
The sneaky smiles
Germans. They don’t just rule on the football pitch but also enjoy picking a good fight on the Autobahn. Often accused of having started the horsepower wars, all three major brands have become experts at building very, very naughty cars. And showing that they’ve also got a sense of humour is the RS Q3.
The fantastic five
A gruff, off-beat sound usually accompanied by a whistling turbo charger can only mean one thing: five cylinders. With even numbers being the preferred stencil for engine manufacturing, the five-pot is just as quirky and potentially unbalanced as those little three-cylinders.
The amazing coupé
I love coupés. So much so that I recently bought one, although it’s not the one on this page. The pay-off for only having two huge parking-unfriendly doors and barely usable rear seats is that a coupé looks infinitely more attractive than any four-door sedan.