Special edition Audi TT pays homage to the OG model from two decades ago

The Audi TT is turning 20 years old this year, and to commemorate that milestone, Audi is rolling out a special edition model, called the 20th Anniversary Edition. The exclusive touches included in the TT 20th Anniversary Edition are mostly cosmetic in nature, including a pair of paint colors that are exclusive to the model. Audi only plans to sell 999 units of the TT 20th Anniversary Edition, and only 80 units of that total volume will arrive in the U.S. market. The starting price for the coupe version sits at $52,900 while the roadster version starts at $56,800. The Audi TT 20th Anniversary Edition is available to order now.

What makes the Audi TT 20th Anniversary Edition special

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Twenty years and three generations in, the Audi TT is still going strong. The TT is one of Audi’s most enduring models, so it’s only fitting that as the sports coupé is celebrating its 20th birthday, Audi’s rolling out the red carpet to give it the anniversary it deserves.

Sure, the TT has never been one of Audi’s best-selling models — it only sold 1,289 units in 2018, which is only a little over half of the 2,294 units it sold in 2017 — but it’s lasted this long because of its unique place in Audi’s model portfolio.

If there’s ever an Audi model that deserves to have a 20th Anniversary Edition, it’s the TT.

So, what’s good about the Audi TT 20th Anniversary Edition? First, you might have to temper your expectations a bit. The special edition TT does not come with an engine upgrade. It’s also not available to the hotter TTS and TT-RS variants of the sports car. You’ll have to make peace with the fact that if you buy the TT 20th Anniversary Edition, you’re getting a model that’s powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that produces 220 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. This version of the TT is still good for a sprint-to-60-mph time of just 5.3 seconds. You’re also looking at a top speed of 130 mph for this special edition TT. It’s not German-level fast, but it’s still fast.

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Now, let’s talk about what makes the Audi TT 20th Anniversary Edition special. The first thing you’ll notice is the color of the sports car’s body.

Audi calls that paint Aviator Gray Pearl Metallic, which really is just a slightly shinier version of gray.

If you’re not down with this exclusive-to-the-TT color, you can opt for the much flashier…Nimbus Gray Metallic paint finish. Ok, so neither of these two exclusive colors pop out, but perhaps there’s a reason for that. In any event, Audi differentiates the TT 20th Anniversary further by adding a number of black exterior trim elements throughout the body and borrowing the OLED taillights from the hotter TT RS version. The German automaker also installed a trumpet-style exhaust at the back and, as most special edition models go, the TT 20th Anniversary Edition gets a smattering of anniversary badging to identify itself as a “special” kind of sports car. The special edition TT also sits on a set of exclusive 19-inch five-spoke wheels dressed in a Gunmetal finish. Overall, the exterior look of the TT 20th Anniversary Edition looks relatively subdued for what’s supposed to be a special edition model. Fortunately, that all changes once you step inside the car.

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The interior, for all intents and purposes, is the highlight of the TT 20th Anniversary Edition. At the very least, this is where you’ll find the callback to the OG TT. All coupé and roadster versions of the TT 20th Anniversary Edition feature an interior that’s dressed to the nines in Moccasin brown Fine Nappa leather, complete with custom yellow contrast stitching.

This design feature is a nod to the interior that Audi used on the original TT Concept, which made its début all the way back in 1995 at the Frankfurt Motor Show.

For those who are unaware of the TT’s history, Audi’s chairman at the time, Herbert Demel, described it as “an enthusiast’s car with great charisma.” Still, Audi actually didn’t have any plans to build a production model straight away. Demel even stressed that the TT Concept was simply a “design study” at the time. Fortunately, the public intervened and voiced it’s desire to see a production model of the TT Concept. Audi also attended the 1995 Tokyo Motor Show to unveil the TT Concept’s roofless sister, the TTS Roadster. It generated the same reaction as the TT Concept, which convinced Audi to begin the process of turning the two concepts into production models. Three years later, the first-generation Audi TT made its début at the 1998 Paris Auto Show, catching everyone by surprise.

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20 years later, and here we are. The Audi TT is two decades old and has three generations under its belt. The current-generation model has been around since 2014, and given how each of the previous two generations had eight-year lifespans, it’s safe to say that end of the road is near for the third-generation model.

Not much is known about the next-gen model at this point, though the latest intel we heard suggests that Audi’s deviating away from the two-door TT and is looking towards rolling out the fourth-generation TT as a four-door performance model.

That would mean that the new TT is going to be bigger than its predecessors, though that shouldn’t cause any technical problems since it’s pegged to ride on an updated version of the Volkswagen Group’s versatile MQB platform. The fourth-generation TT will also be offered with an array of mild-hybrid gasoline and diesel engines, a plug-in hybrid setup, and even a pure electric powertrain.

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As intriguing as these details are, that’s still a story for another time. For now, the new Audi TT 20th Anniversary Edition takes its rightful place in center stage.

You better act fast if you’re interested in the special edition sports car because only 80 units of the total 999 units of the anniversary model will arrive in the U.S.

Better get you’re wallets and checkbooks ready, too, because the coupé version of the TT 20th Anniversary Edition starts at $52,900 while the roadster version starts at $56,800. The Audi TT 20th Anniversary Edition is available to order now.

2019 Audi TT Specifications

Audi TT Audi TTS
Engine 2.0-liter four-cylinder 2.0-liter four-cylinder
Displacement 1,984 cc 1,984 cc
Bore and stroke 82.5x92.8 82.5x92.8
Transmission Six-speed S tronic® Six-speed S tronic®
Horsepower @ rpm 220 @ 4,500-6,200 288 @ 5,400-6,200
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm) 258 @ 1,600-4,400 280 @ 1,900-5,300
Acceleration (0-60 mph) 5.3/5.6 seconds 4.4 seconds
Top Speed 130 mph 155 mph

Further reading

Read our full review on the 2019 Audi TT.

2016 - 2018 Audi TT High Resolution Exterior
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Read our full review on the 2018 Audi TT.

2017 Audi TT-RS High Resolution Exterior
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Read our full review on the 2018 Audi TT RS.

2019 Audi TT RS Exterior Spyshots
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Read our full speculative review on the 2019 Audi TT RS.

To celebrate two decades of iconic design, Audi of America announces the 20th Anniversary Edition of the Audi TT, now available in U.S. dealer showrooms.

With a limited number of models available in the U.S. and globally, the TT 20th Anniversary Edition features unique design elements that celebrate the heritage of the Audi TT and embody the model’s transcendent design. The limited 20th Anniversary Edition is available in coupe and roadster body style - painted in either Aviator Gray pearl metallic, or – exclusive to the U.S. – Nimbus Gray metallic. A nod to the original TT, all models feature Moccasin Brown Fine Nappa leather with custom-made yellow contrast stitching.

Unique design elements
Paying homage to the success of the Audi TT since its series introduction, the TT 20th Anniversary Edition includes details inspired by the TTS Roadster concept study that premiered at the 1995 Tokyo Motor Show.

In addition to two exclusive exterior paint colors, the TT 20th Anniversary Edition features high-gloss black exterior trim elements and unique 19 inch 5-arm-design gunmetal wheels with summer tires. A trumpet-style stainless steel exhaust is exclusive to the model, accompanied by OLED taillights currently only available on the TT RS. “20 Years of TT” badges adorn the front fenders, alongside matte finish Audi rings etched into the rear sills.

Inside, the S Sport seats, door armrests, steering wheel, and center console are upholstered in Mocassin Brown Fine Nappa leather finished with bespoke yellow contrast stitching for a modern interpretation of the distinguished “baseball” stitching in the original TT. Interior badges denoting the vehicle’s unique production number alongside a “TT 20 Years” icon mark the vehicle’s exclusive status.

Classic TT performance
From design icon to driving machine, the Audi TT 20th Anniversary Edition features a 2.0 liter four-cylinder turbocharged engine with 228 horsepower and a standard seven-speed S tronic dual-clutch transmission. The coupe can sprint from 0-60 mph in 5.2 seconds, with the roadster achieving the same in 5.5 seconds.

Upgraded technology
The TT 20th Anniversary Edition includes the new innovative technology and connectivity features seen in other 2019 Audi TT models, including standard Audi phone box with wireless charging and signal booster. All TT 20th Anniversary Edition models come equipped with the Technology package, including Audi virtual cockpit, MMI navigation plus, Audi smartphone integration (Apple CarPlay and Android Auto), Bang & Olufsen® Sound System, and Audi side assist.

The Audi TT 20th Anniversary Edition is on sale now with an MSRP of $52,900 plus destination for the coupe, and $56,800 plus destination for the roadster.

Always obey all local speed and traffic laws.

When using MMI touch response system, always pay careful attention to the road, and do not drive while distracted. See Owner’s Manual for further details, and important limitations.

MMI Navigation plus depends on signals from the worldwide Global Positioning Satellite network. The vehicle’s electrical system, and existing wireless and satellite technologies, must be available and operating properly for the system to function. The system is designed to provide you with suggested routes in locating addresses, destination and other points of interest. Changes in street names, construction zones, traffic flow, points of interest and other road system changes are beyond the control of Audi of America, Inc. Complete detailed mapping of lanes, roads, streets, toll roads, highways, etc., is not possible, therefore you may encounter discrepancies between the mapping and your actual location. Please rely on your individual judgment in determining whether or not to follow a suggested MMI Navigation plus route.

Driver Assistance features are not substitute for attentive driving. See Owner’s Manual for further details, and important limitations.

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