SOMETHING that has always fascinated me about cars is how a new model can translate successfully from motor show concept to garage forecourt.
That is one heck of a leap of faith. But for Audi and its TT compact sports car — this week’s drive — the gamble paid off.
“Purists” who loved the original TT when it first appeared at Frankfurt in 1995 (introduced in the UK in 1998) might argue that the 2014 Audi TT is too sophisticated: the original had historic racing car attributes and the first production cars embodied this basic ethos certainly in the way the car looked.
I have to say I was a great fan of the style of this early production TT, which resembled a living facsimile of a racing car of the past. I wasn’t so sure about the TT as it evolved into today’s much more sophisticated motor car.
However, driving the Audi TT Coupé 1.8 TFSI Sport this week I could not help but admire how it has become a car of sublime attraction.