2007 Audi TT

Audi’s big announcement at the 2006 New York Auto Show was the unveiling of an all-new TT sport coupe. Designer Doo.Ri Chung did the honors, but not before show-goers were treated to a catwalk-style performance by several models. We figure the point is that the new TT is pretty-funny thing is, it actually is.

Audi’s trademark shield grille works better here than in any of the sedan applications it’s been slathered on. The new TT is also longer and slightly wider, which gives it a more substantial look. It’s actually a very sexy piece, much sleeker ad less Beetle-like than its predecessor.

Powertrain options carry over. Base models will run a turbo 2.0-liter four-cylinder, making 200 horsepower. Optional again will be a 3.2-liter V6, here pumping out 250 horses.

The new TT’s interior looks, as in any other Audi, very upscale. The funky retro-ness of the old TT seems to have been leavened somewhat, though, with soft-touch materials and a less strenuous use of the circle theme. The TT is a true 2-plus-2, with room for two golf bags in the trunk. European dealers get it first, later this year.

2007 Audi TT

2007 Audi TT

Audi, Coupes, New York International Auto Show

Charlie is Roadfly’s founder and publisher, and was taught to drive by his father in a 1974 Porsche 914. That made poor Charlie a Porsche fanboy for life, and after driving a 911SC at 16, he bought and campaigned a variety of 944s at racetracks up and down the East Coast, earning awards and track records in his twenties. Charlie never really got over the car bug, and after a career in real estate development he founded the Internet media firm that became Roadfly. Charlie lives in McLean, VA with his wife and two daughters, and between the demands of family and business doesn’t have much time to play with cars anymore, excluding the machinery we review.

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