Audi TT Quattro Sport: Catch It While You Can

Speed dating has ruined the Audi TT for me. And in more than one sense, too.

I have an admission to make - my encounters at speed dating events have been occasionally fantastic, often tragic. But one question can always be relied on to come up: 'What do you do?' And as soon as the job of car scribe is mentioned, everyone immediately tells you what they drive. And I soon realised two things: every speed dater seems to be in marketing, and everyone in marketing drives an Audi TT.

There was a 'comfort' option; buckets cooler
There was a 'comfort' option; buckets cooler
As if that wasn't bad enough, there's my more literal 'speed date' - an appointment with a TT Mk1 around Silverstone. Quick in a straight line the TT undoubtedly is, but its charisma as a corner-meister is sorely bypassed. Too little feedback from the steering wheel, and even less from a numb four-wheel drive chassis.

Redemption gong
Maybe, just maybe, redemption has arrived in the all-new TT Mk3, especially as there may be a Quattro Sport version.

Ah yes, the words 'Quattro Sport' got me thinking back to the original version. Even I, blinded by my anti-TT prejudices, have to concede that the Mk1 has an iconic shape, as well as one of the world's most seductive cabins. Mk1 TTs have long since entered the banger zone, but one Mk1 is a sure-fire future classic. No, not the V6, tasty though its 250hp motor is. The Mk1 to have is the 240hp Quattro Sport.

Contrast roof most obvious distinguishing feature
Contrast roof most obvious distinguishing feature
Why? For starters, it's a special edition. Just 800 were made (for the UK market at least), and people in the know say there are probably only 650 left. So it's rare, then.

Strictly for two
It's also built by Quattro GmbH, which breathed on the 1.8 turbo lump to boost it from 225hp to a snorting 240hp, with a healthy 236lb ft of torque. The QS also went on a diet, reducing weight by 75kg. The rear seats (useless in any case) were ditched in favour of a brace bar. Also deleted were the spare wheel, parcel shelf and climate control. The result? 0-62mph in 5.9 seconds. Additionally, a relocated battery (to the rear), plus S Line suspension, gave the TT the best chance of actually getting around corners.

It's the Mk1 TT for those who like corners too
It's the Mk1 TT for those who like corners too
The '240' also looks cool in its duo-tone finish. Black paint for the roof, contrasting silver, red, blue or, er, black for the bodywork (the same contrasting colour being echoed in the backs of the front seats). You also got an S Line bodykit, black tailpipes and unique 18-inch 15-spoke alloys over red brake calipers. Inside, The TT's front seats were swapped for tasty Alcantara/leather Recaros with loads of lateral support - and there were even mounting points for race harnesses, plus an Alcantara steering wheel, gear lever and handbrake. Yum.

It's all about the Mk1
So what price a Quattro Sport? Inevitably they're the priciest of all Mk1s. The cheapest we could find in the PH classifieds is this one at £6,800, while this one at £7,850 is more typically priced. This low-mileage (45K) example at £9,999 is on the pricey side, but here's the thing: I can't see a Quattro Sport being anything other than the soundest of investments. Look after it, keep it standard, and there will always be a demand for it. You'll even have something in common at speed dating events.


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  • W124 11 Sep 2014

    I reckon ANY decent, low miles MK1 TT in a restrained colour would be a good buy. It's one of those cars where, suddenly, there's none left. Amazing looking thing really.

  • SmartVenom 11 Sep 2014

    I hated TTs when they came out and every review of their driving perfomance helped re-inforce this hatred. However, like you I can't help but admire what is definitely an iconic shape and a great piece of design. Recently I have been toying with the idea of building one up for racing, but I think they need just a bit too much spending on them to be good on the track (haldex controllers aren't cheap). These will definitely attain classic status.

  • Leins 11 Sep 2014

    One of these, an R56 Mini GP and a Mk4 Golf R32 I feel would be a nice little collection to try and fight off depreciation with

  • redwedge 11 Sep 2014

    Is it just me who thinks this is one of the worst-looking versions of the TT?

    Give me a silver one, with a silver roof, and the launch alloys any day of the week over a QS.

  • timmeh2k 11 Sep 2014

    Only around 750 made it to the UK and nearly all of them have climate control.

    Some defcon/cookbot front wishbone bushes and some thicker anti roll bars cures most of the numb handling and understeer too smile

    One of the truly iconic shapes, with the perfect wheels to match and the two tone colours set it all off really well.

    Not that I'm biased or anything....

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