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Goodbye, Tourist Trophy! Audi Has Just Built the Last TT Ever and It Is Not for Sale

This is where the story ends. And it has not been a short one. Audi has just rolled off the assembly line the last TT after a 25-year production run. The German carmaker is going to keep this one.
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Audi is phasing out the TT. For the past few months, the German carmaker has been rolling out several Final Editions, with the last one being the TT Roadster, inspired by the first generation of the model from a quarter of a century ago. The TT Roadster is a US-only $67,800 affair.

Audi will only build 50 Audi TT Roadster Final Edition units, all powered by the 2.0-liter turbocharged engine with 228 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque. Those are enough for a run from 0 to 60 mph (0 to 97 mph) in 5.5 seconds.

Audi unveiled the TT first as a coupe, back in September 1998, then as a roadster, in August 1999. The TT lettering stands for 'Tourist Trophy,' the legendary motorcycle race in the British Isle of Man, one of the oldest motorsports events in the world, where Audi enjoyed success. The TT acronym has also been attributed to 'Technology and Tradition.'

The model lived through three generations, with the MK3 being the last of the mohicans. Back in February, Audi announced that the TT was coming to the end of the line soon. So now, the time has come for the car to say goodbye. The last TT has rolled off the production line of the Audi plant in Gyor, Hungary. The facility will progressively be converted into an electric motor production center.

It is a TTS Coupe example in Chronos Gray, built on Volkswagen Group’s MQB platform. It is powered by the turbocharged 2.0-liter five-cylinder petrol engine linked to the quattro all-wheel drive system. Back in the days, Audi sold the TT also with a VR6 engine.

The car will remain with Audi. It has found a place in the historic Audi Tradition vehicle collection. The announcement of farewell was made on social media with photos showing the freshly made model in the company of the 1995 concept car and the 1998 first-generation roadster with seats in black leather with the famous baseball-styled stitching.

Audi built 662,762 units since October 1998, when the model entered production, based on the concept car that the Germans had unveiled at the 1995 Frankfurt Motor Show.

It is the end of an era for the TT, which might reincarnate either as an EV, but not as a two-door, a niche that has its days numbered, but as a four-door model. Turning the TT into a sporty crossover might also be considered, since the high-ride vehicles are all the rage nowadays. But we are yet to see if the TT is gone for good or if it is only taking a break.

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