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    First-generation Audi TT

    / #Audi-TT-225 / #Audi-TT-8N / #Audi-TT / #Audi / #Audi-TT-Quattro / #Audi-TT-Quattro-8N / #Audi / #Quattro / #Audi-TT-MkI /

    I know, I know. You’re going to tell me that most alpha males would rather run a triathlon than an Audi TT. Girl’s car, too petite, a suburban trinket. But there’s more than one reason why you should lay down a first-gen TT before prices take off. Forget all the wearisome hairdresser clichés and remember that back in 1999 the world sighed in admiration at the TT’s design. One of the few concept cars that made it to production broadly unchanged, its timeless Bauhaus lines and modernist interior were universally praised and won a slew of awards. The TT was a game-changer.

    And few design icons look so cheap. Even low-mileage MkI TTs are still small change. A private seller in Uxbridge has a silver 2000 coupé with just 56k for £2195 while Surrey Hills Cars in Hampshire has a mint Olive Green 2001 roadster with 59k, one owner and full history for £3490 – and both are 225bhp versions. Spend some time trawling the online classifieds and you’ll find real bargains like the very early ’ #1999 V-reg 225bhp silver coupé with 60k being sold by Brian Whitcombe in Puxton for a just £2000.

    These millennial TTs are the purest and the earliest chassis number cars will become collectible. And if a sixty dash of 6.4sec and 150mph aren’t fast enough for you there’s always the 2003-on 3.2 #V6 and #2005 TT Quattro Sport. The 246bhp V6 cracks sixty in 6.2sec while the lightweight 240bhp Sport does it in 5.9. But the limited-edition 800-unit Sport is the one everybody wants with its contrasting roof colours and brace bar instead of rear seats. Prices have warmed up noticeably of late and you’ll be pushed to find even a mileagy one for less than £7k. As the rarest TT of all they’re the going to be the best investment and low milers could see £15k before long. But the most compelling reason to snap up a first-gen TT is that they’re so reliable and easy to own. Cambelts and tensioners need regular changes, anti-roll bar bushes wear, the frail standard water pump should be upgraded to one with a metal impeller and instrument pod failure is common so look for missing pixels.

    The best TT MkIs won’t stay this ridiculously cheap for much longer. Find a sharp sensible-mile TT with a continuous Audi history and you’ll be buying at the rock bottom of the value curve.

    COST NEW £29k 1998 UK

    VALUE NOW £3000 2018 UK
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    MK1 TT
    1.8T with 353bhp

    WIDE BOY With big arches and 10.5x18in alloys, this 352hp TT has some serious road presence…

    The original TT still ranks as one of the most significant Audis ever made. When this curvaceous, bold design was unveiled back in the late 90s, it made a huge impact. Here was a production car that looked very much like the original concept, and it was available to buy. Not only did it look fantastic, its performance credentials were strong, too.

    The venerable 1.8 20v turbo found in the S3 8L saw some upgrades, which took it to 225PS (221bhp). This gave the cool coupe lively performance, matched to a slick 6-speed manual box. With quattro drive, it hooked up the power and was quick off the mark, as well as surefooted when the going got slippery.

    With heated leather seats, a very cool looking dash and xenon lights it was a very nice thing to own. Back in 1999, a new TT would have set you back almost £30k. Today, you can pick one up for under £2,000, making them a bit of a bargain.

    Laszlo, the owner of the TT pictured saw the potential with a TT immediately.

    Having owned a big old Mercedes, he wanted something, small and sporty that was also fun to drive. A TT made sense – it was the right money and offered lots of tuning potential. “I wanted to switch from the yacht like feel of the Benz, to a stiffer, lighter sports coupe,” he says.

    Things began slowly with a simple air filter upgrade and ECU remap. But having seen lots of big power Audis around, it wasn’t long before the silver TT was sent to respected local tuning firm, Turbotuning.

    Here, the 1.8T was stripped down and rebuilt with fully forged internals including Mahle pistons and race spec bearings. The plan was to make the car as reliable as possible, so boost was held back to a relatively modest 1.5bar. Even so, with a Garrett GT2871 turbo, plus supporting upgrades, the TT made a very handy 352hp and 531Nm. Although we hear about plenty of 400+bhp models with large turbos, I have to say around the 350bhp mark seems to offer a great balance of performance and drivability for the road. I’ve been out in lots of TTs with this sort of power and they’re great fun. Plus, there’s less stress on the relatively small capacity 1.8-litre engine – something to take into account unless you liken spending time getting things fixed all the time.

    But there’s more to this TT than a decent bit of poke under the bonnet.

    Up front, Laszlo has fitted a set of six-pots from a Porsche 996. These big brakes required adapting to fit, but do an admirable job of stopping the little TT. With four pots at the rear and Ferodo DS pads, this thing scrubs off speed with aplomb.

    One area that any TT will benefit from upgrades is the chassis. In stock trim they’re quite soft feeling and set up for a neutral handling – as you’d expect. But with some tweaks, you can transform them. With a full complement of Powerflex bushes, the chassis and steering components now feel reassuringly tight, which translates into a much more positive feel to the steering and general handling. Bushes may not be the sexiest of upgrades, but they really do make a huge difference – especially on an older car, where the stock items are likely to be worn. With uprated anti-roll bars, the chassis is well set for hard use.

    One thing you can’t miss is the rather wide wheels. The 18in Japan Racing alloys are a huge 10.5 wide, which is why a set of, what the Americans like to call “overfenders” have been fitted. Some will love them others not so much, but you can’t deny they give this little TT serious road presence.

    A V6 TT front bumper has also been fitted together with the rear bumper insert, which looks much fresher. There’s also a V6 rear wing.

    Inside, Laszlo has really gone to town. The bucket seats have been trimmed in leather with yellow stitching with cheeky R8 logos. The R8 theme continues with the steering wheel and gearknob, complete with open gate.

    So there we have it. A Mk1 TT with an aggressive, OEM+ look, that’s also packing a nice punch thanks to the engine tuning – with the potential for a lot more should he wish to increase the boost and maybe fit a larger turbo.

    Top: Rear seats have been removed Below: 1.8T is forged and runs a GT2871.

    SPECIFICATION #Audi-TT-225 / #Audi-TT-8N / #Audi-TT / #Audi / #Audi-TT-Quattro / #Audi-TT-Quattro-8N / #Audi / #Quattro / #Garrett / #Garrett-GT2871 /

    Engine 1.8 20v turbo, Turbotuning shop rebuilt with #Eagle rods, #Mahle pistons, stronger bearings, low compression with rebuilt head, #Rothe turbo manifold, GT2871 Garrett turbocharger, 76mm exhaust system, custom exhaust with 90mm tips, custom intake, #Ramair filter, #HG-Motorsport intercooler 12-row #Motec oil cooler, F#orge BOV and boost controller, 630cc injectors, Walbro fuel pump

    Transmission 6-speed manual, stronger clutch with Kevlar disc, #Torsen rear diff
    Power 352hp and 531Nm at 1.5bar
    Brakes Porsche 996 fronts with 6-piston calipers, 4 piston rears, Ferodo DS pads and braided lines

    Suspension Custom rear control arms (GL), #Powerflex bushings all around, GL front strut bearing without damping, custom ARBs, #Eibach spacers, wheel bearings converted to studs, #Sachs dampers, custom air-ride setup with Viair compressor and #Airlift-Autopilot - #Air-Lift-V2 (tuned by #Fakukac )
    Wheels 10.5x18in #Japan-Racing-JR-11 wheels with 255/35 tyres
    Exterior V6 TT front bumper and rear insert, SEAT Cupra front lip, V6 TT rear wing, #EPMAN Racing bumper mount, Porsche green mirror housings, custom arch flares made up from Nissan SX kit
    Interior Bimarco bucket seats with Porsche-style leather upholstery and stitching, custom rear seat delete and crossbar, R8 steering wheel and gear knob, custom open gate, Osir gauge holder, Defi Stepmaster gauges, Porsche green details

    Left: Porsche 6-pots Below: R8 open gate gear lever.

    Right: R8 themed interior Below: R8 wheel and gearknob.

    “The TT made a very handy 352bhp and 531Nm”
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    Who says the real German scene we know and love is dead, lost to a world of fibreglass and airbrushed art? If Timo Gödiker’s Audi TT here is anything to go by, it’s definitely very much alive. Words: David Kennedy. Photos: Patrick Hille.

    If you’re one of those people who’s got more petrol than blood running through your veins, then there’s no doubt you’ll know all about one of the biggest problems for car fanatics; temptation.

    Let’s face it, no matter how much you love your current car, be it a half-finished project or a trophy-hauling show stormer, there’s always the temptation to change things up and try something new. Fancy changing the keys in your pocket for another set? There isn’t exactly a shortage of places to come across the temptation to do so, if your friends don’t convince you then the forums probably will, and stay off those blogs unless you like trawling classifieds for the next big thing the next day. But imagine for second if you’re a self-confessed fan of all things VAG and if your friends and online friends weren’t enough, you worked with the damn things too? You wouldn’t stand a chance, something Timo Gödiker here knows all too well.

    You see, not only is Timo a dedicated follower of everything to come out of Wolfsburg and Inglostadt and the scene that surrounds them, but he just so happens to work as a technician and service advisor at an Audi dealership near his home in Lingen, Germany. Which means, in short, he sees dozens of potential what-if projects roll past him every day. Talk about temptation!

    “I bought the TT from the dealership where I work,” he started. “I liked the shape of the car and seeing them every day didn’t help matters! In the end I gave in and bought one to use as my daily driver. I wanted to keep it stock but shortly after buying it, I started making some small changes…”

    As you can probably guess, the TT you see before you isn’t 24-year-old Timo’s first foray on to the slippery slope of modified VAG ownership; a Mk1 Golf Cabriolet and a Mk2 GTI have also called the Gödiker driveway home over the years. “The Mk2 had quite a lot done to it; coilovers, BBS wheels, a full leather interior and some custom bodywork too, so I knew I wanted to keep the TT standard so I could use it as my daily car without any problems,” Timo explained. “But it didn’t take long after I bought the car that I found myself bolting on coilovers and a set of 19s, and those changes just kept going on and on, and eventually I got it to where it is now!”

    And you don’t need to take too much time reading the Dub Details box over the page to realise that Timo didn’t do all that well at keeping his TT’s factory warranty in place. “My intention was to optimise the original look of the car,” Timo explained. “It should be a classy-looking sports car, and I think I achieved that without it being what people would normally call a ‘tuner car’ – that was very important to me.” If anyone’s spent any time checking out some of the darker parts of the German scene then you’ll know what Timo means when he says that. But thankfully our man proves that the Fatherland still knows how to turn out a stand-out car without the need to resort to the local airbrusher or scissor-door stockist…

    So where shall we start with Timo’s TT? Well, how about with the thing that grabs you first; the way it sits. Clock it rolling past and we wouldn’t blame you for thinking there must be bags under the arches and a tank out back, but if you did, you would be wrong. Because Timo’s car is the latest in a long line of cars we’ve seen from the Continent rocking a serious drop in ride height on good ol’ coilovers. “A lot of people said I was crazy trying to run my car this low without air-ride,” Timo smiled, “but I like seeing peoples’ reactions when they find out it’s on coilovers, a lot of people actually don’t believe me when I tell them! One of my goals with this car was that I wanted to throw sparks on the highway, and I certainly achieved it!”

    To get his coupé low enough to throw sparks out the back, Timo went with KW coilovers that he modified to go lower, fitted new top mounts and added a little negative camber out back to get the rear wheels tipping in under the lightly worked-on rear arches. And speaking of wheels, can you guess what they are yet? If you didn’t then Timo’s a happy man, because that’s exactly what he wanted. “I didn’t want a wheel that everyone has,” he explained, “these are from the new Audi A7 and A8s, they were only released a little while ago. I like them because they’re an original Audi wheel, so they fit in with the idea that I wanted the car to look sporty, but not in your face.”

    The bodywork fits that idea too, because while there’s certainly been a lot of time and effort put in to the coupé’s shell, it doesn’t shout about the fact it’s modified, exactly the look that Timo was after: “I wanted drivers of high-class luxury cars to like the look of my car and not think it was the typical tuner car they see around,” he explained.

    To get this look, Timo took his car to the guys at Lackwerk bodyshop in Dresden with a long list of jobs for them to tick off; the most noticeable being the colour change from the factory silver to the stunning Carbon grey from Porsche’s American colour charts. But there’s a whole lot more to the bodywork beside the obvious, such as the US-spec rear bumper and headlights, the smoothed wings, UK-spec rear lights, the diffuser from the TT Quattro and the smoothed front bumper. Nothing over the top, but just enough to set it apart from the stock TTs that fill Timo’s dealership car park every day.

    Inside, a subtle mix of OEM pieces and well thought-out aftermarket choices fit together perfectly to make the interior one very nice place to be. The factory front and back seats were ditched in favour of a pair of Quattro Sport buckets up front and a purposefullooking Wiechers Sport roll-cage and Quattro Sport strut brace bolted across the rear.

    Like the A7/A8 wheels bolted on at each corner, Timo’s gone for another OEM upgrade on the inside in the shape of a R8 steering wheel. Well, seeing as he spends all day working on Audi’s latest cars, can you blame him for taking a little inspiration here and there? We just hope he gets a decent staff discount on ordering bits in! Finally, Timo pulled the headlining, doorcards and the dash and had them trimmed in black Alcantara before bolting them all back in and shipping the car off to SubTwo for a boot build incorporating a Clarion sub, the whole lot again trimmed in Alcantara.

    Under the bonnet Timo’s kept it simple with a new exhaust system from B&B Automotive, a new intake and, of course, a remap of the stock software for a little extra power when he plants his foot down on the right pedal. And that, as they say, is that; one very cool TT and one very happy owner. “I never built the car to win trophies,” Timo explained.

    “I think it’s a shame that so many people build cars just to win trophies and forget about the real reason we do this – to enjoy spending time with friends working on cars and at shows.” And while Timo is a big fan of attending shows, with recent visits to MIVW in Holland and the XS Car Night event in Dresden, he doesn’t mind where he places at the end of the day too much. “My motto is don’t take everything too seriously,” he smiled, “they’re only cars after all!”

    We don’t know about you, but we think that’s a pretty good attitude to have. So, what’s next for our man Timo? “I’m actually thinking of buying another Mk2 GTI,” he grinned, “but this time I’m going to keep it simple and very classic-looking and, of course, very, very low.” We wouldn’t expect anything else…

    Wheels are taken from the new Audi A7 and A8 range, diffuser is from a Quattro Sport. We’re just hoping he got a good staff discount on them from the parts department at his dealership!

    Interior is a mix of OEM pieces from the Audi range and well thought-out aftermarket parts; a look that fits Timo’s clean and simple theme perfectly.

    Dub Details #Audi-TT-8N / #Audi-TT / #Audi / #Audi-TT-Quattro / #Audi-TT-Quattro-8N /

    ENGINE: 1.8-litre turbo with 180bhp, #Quattro , software remap, #B&B-Automotive exhaust system from downpipe back.

    CHASSIS: 9x19” Audi A7/A8 wheels ( #Audi-ET33 ) with 225/35/19 tyres and 5x100 to 5x112 adaptors, KW coilover suspension modified to go lower, modified top mounts, rear camber arms.

    OUTSIDE: Full respray in Carbon grey from Porsche USA, arches rolled, side indicators removed, US-spec headlights with internals painted gloss black, USspec rear bumper with UK-spec taillights, rear diffuser from Audi Quattro Sport, smoothed front bumper, tinted windows until the A-pillar.

    INSIDE: Quattro Sport bucket seats, R8 steering wheel, rear seats removed, Quattro Sport rear strut brace and Wiechers Sport roll-cage painted in UNI-gloss black, SubTwo boot build with Clarion Type R subwoofer trimmed in Alcantara, Alpine DVD head unit, Omnes Audio 2.2 speakers, headliner, doorcards and parts of dashboard trimmed in black Alcantara, boost gauge installed in left air vent.

    SHOUT: Patrick Hille, Jonas Jenssen, Mario Mattick and the guys from ‘Lackwerk’ and all the people from the Low Familia.
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    Chris Low-Foon, Croydon #2000 #Audi-TT-Roadster #Audi-TT-8N #Audi-TT-Quattro

    I originally purchased my #Audi-TT-Roadster-8N in November 2012. Typically, at that time, it wasn’t the sort of car I was intending to buy. However, there was something about this one that caught my attention.

    The colour (Nimbus grey) was something I never knew the Series 1 #Audi-TT (Audi TT 8N )came in and instantly fell in love with the uniqueness and rarity of it. The colour pretty much sold me and I only had a quick look around before immediately making the decision to buy it. I already had my mind set on how I wanted it to look, and what needed to be done to it to stand out from the rest, as I’ve done with all the cars I have previously owned. Being the 180 bhp version, it came with the singletailpipe exhaust and I immediately knew I wanted the dual exit type, so not long after completing the purchase I had a cat-back Milltek exhaust system installed by AmD Essex, with twin tailpipes of course.

    The karma of buying a car too quickly bit me back, as I soon noticed to my despair that the turbo had become increasingly smokey. I weighed up the costs of putting a like-for-like back on, or upgrading it, and eventually made the decision to upgrade to a K03 Hybrid built by Beach Buggy Turbos, consisting of a K04 turbine, billet K03S compressor and an uprated 15 psi actuator.

    From this exact point onwards, the modification bug bit me and money started flowing into the car. A set of 225 injectors were ultrasonically cleaned and flow-tested, along with a 225 MAF sensor, Creation Motorsports TIP, Toyosports FMIC and a Forge 007p diverter valve which nicely accompanied the turbo. The car was last dyno’d at Garage Streamline at 269 bhp.

    From there, one thing led to another and I ended up back at AmD Essex again for the installation of a set of AP coilovers and the 18-inch Mercedes Eltanin alloy wheels. This car attends a number of car shows and events around the country, and it won Car of the Month in March 2013 at PREPT which is a monthly gathering at Brands Hatch.

    At the end of May 2014 we took the car for a 2500-mile road trip through Germany to Worthersee in Austria, stopping at various museums and attractions along the way including the famous Nurburgring. I am extremely pleased to say the TT performed amazingly without a fault and was such a pleasure to drive!

    Brief specification
    #Audi TT (180) quattro
    • Nimbus grey, 73,000 miles
    • AUQ 1.8T (Originally 180 PS, now 269 bhp)
    • K03 hybrid comprising K04 turbine, billet
    • K03S compressor with an uprated 15 psi actuator
    • Relentless 3-inch downpipe
    • Milltek Sport resonated twin-tailpipe exhaust
    • Interchangable decat (bolt-on sports cat, never used)
    • N75 Race valve
    • N249 Delete
    #Forge 007p dump valve
    • Creation Motorsports turbo intake pipe
    • 225 MAF sensor
    • 225 injectors, ultrasonically cleaned and flow-tested
    #NGK spark plugs BKR7E
    • Drilled airbox
    • Revo panel filter
    Suspension and wheels:
    • AP coilovers
    • Adjustable tie bars
    • Fully polybushed front wishbones
    • Polybushed dogbone mount
    • Mercedes Eltanin 18-inch alloy wheels, with Bridgestone Potenza tyres
    Other upgrades:
    6000k HID Xenon headlights
    Recent servicing
    New CV boots, top mounts, ball joints, new brake pads and discs all round, air-con recharged and diff oil serviced.
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