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2002 Audi TT Review
Sports car with distinct visual appeal.
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For the launch of the 2002 Audi TT, little changes from the previous year’s model. Drivers have a choice between a two-door coupe and convertible that seat four or two passengers, respectively. A new American Le Mans Series edition launches in 2002 to bring the trim lines for the coupe up to four. Audi offers only two trim choices for the convertible. Besides the introduction of the new commemorative edition of the 2002 Audi TT, the only other minor changes for the 2002 sports car apply to its optional features.
Engines: 1.8-liter four-cylinder
Transmissions: five-speed manual, six-speed manual
Models: Audi TT, Audi TT 180hp Quattro, Audi TT 225hp Quattro, Audi TT 225hp ALMS Edition Quattro
Mid-year in 2002, the 2002 Audi TT 225hp ALMS Edition Quattro launches with a limited production run of 1000 cars. This new model of the Audi TT commemorates the entry of Audi into the American Le Mans circuit. It provides a modified version of the 225hp Quattro coupe that comes in only two distinct interior/exterior design configurations. It also comes equipped with 18-inch wheels and high-performance tires.
For the remaining models of the 2002 Audi TT, the changes mostly concern optional features. The audio system upgrades, and a new interior trunk improves the convertible. Two new exterior paint colors become available; the optional navigation system gets upgraded; a HomeLink universal garage door opener joins the list of options, and a new, blue fabric top debuts for the convertibles.
The exterior of the 2002 Audi TT remains the same for the new model year. The sports car has a distinct look that Audi has maintained throughout its years of production. The rounded styling of the exterior gives this sports car a completely unique look that proves easy to find in the crowd. The all-wheel-drive Quattro versions of the 2002 Audi TT come equipped with standard 17-inch wheels, while the front-drive models feature standard 16-inch wheels, and 17-inch wheels provide an option. Power tops come standard on the Quattro convertible, while a manually operated fabric roof provides the standard for the front-drive models. A power top can be installed as an option for the front-drive versions.
The Audi TT focuses on style, and the interior of both the coupe and roadster live up to this ambition. The only changes to the interior of the 2002 Audi TT involve the upgraded audio system, and some of the available options change as well. Otherwise, Audi leaves the design alone and maintains the unique combination of modern and retro through the use of aluminum and leather.
The front seats of both body styles of the 2002 Audi TT sit low to the ground, which cause some visibility issues as well as a slightly awkward entry and exit due to the slope of the roof pillars. The coupe uses a 2+2 layout and includes a back seat, but the space seems so small that it is almost unusable. Only children can sit in the rear seat of the coupe. Anyone larger than that has a difficult time getting in the back seat and cannot remain there for any length of time.
Performance & Handling
The base 2002 Audi TT comes equipped with a 1.8-liter, four-cylinder engine that produces 180 horsepower and 173 lb-ft of torque. A five-speed manual transmission and front drive comes standard for both the coupe and convertible base. The 2002 Audi TT 180hp coupe also offers the Quattro four-wheel-drive system as an option.
The Quattro versions of the 2002 Audi TT use the same 1.8-liter, four-cylinder engine, but it has been tuned to produce 225 horsepower and 207 lb-ft of torque. The tuned engine only comes with the Quattro four-wheel-drive system for both the convertible and coupe versions. This engine couples with a six-speed manual transmission only.
Acceleration seems good in for both engines, and handling and steering feel precise with little body lean when cornering. The ride can be bumpy, but it remains quite comfortable for a sports car.
Standard safety equipment for all models of the 2002 Audi TT includes anti-lock brakes, stability control, and front and side airbags for the front seats. Traction control comes standard in the models with front drive.
EPA Fuel Economy
Audi TT Quattro: 18/26 mpg city/highway
- Acceleration and handling
- All-wheel drive
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Sports car with distinct visual appeal.
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