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Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Audi TT: Art in motion

The Seattle Times calls the Audi TT "Art in Motion" and who are we to disagree.
Designers, of course, loved it. And Audi has made the MacBook-using, Prague-summering, black turtleneck-wearing creative class something of a captive audience. The company has pushed Audis in the hands of star-chitects such as Frank Gehry and Richard Meier.

The new car is slightly bigger, slightly bolder and marginally more butch, although I still wouldn't drive one to a NASCAR race. It retains the overall proportions of the original, which is a good thing. The biggest difference is the front grille — the signature Audi trapezoid — and the crisp, wedgy accent lines on the fuselage.

But there is no disputing that this is one great-looking car: elegant, sophisticated, this-minute-modern. The big structural change for the TT is that the current car uses Audi's lightweight aluminum space frame construction; the previous car had a steel monocoque. The aluminum-bodied TT is vastly stiffer and more tensile, quieter and more substantial.

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Source: Seattle Times


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