Audi TT old 1

Sitting quietly outside the event area at today’s launch of the third-generation Audi TT were a couple of its predecessors – a Mk1 and Mk2 coupe, both examples finished in silver. Too lovely to ignore, so here’s a brief gallery of both cars.

The first-generation TT (Typ 8N) seen here is a 1.8 T quattro, which is powered by a 1.8 litre four-pot turbo with 180 PS at 5,500 rpm and 235 Nm at 1,950-5,000 rpm.

Audi TT old 5

Paired with a five-speed manual transmission, performance figures include a 0-100 km/h time of 7.3 seconds and a 225 km/h top speed, which may not be blistering by today’s standards, but it’s still nothing to sneeze at. The Mk1’s lines remain wonderfully eye-catching and evocative, and to this writer’s eyes at least, is very much the definitive TT.

The second-gen Typ 8J, which is underpinned by the VW PQ35 platform, is powered by a 2.0 TFSI mill with 200 PS at 5,100-6,000 rpm and 280 Nm at 1,800-5,000 rpm. Transmission is a six-speed S ironic, and performance numbers include a 6.4 second 0-100 km/h time and a 240 km/h top speed. Nothing like paying homage to heritage, and that’s what the simple display is all about.

Audi TT Mk1 (Typ 8N)

Audi TT Mk2 (Typ 8J)