- 1.8 liter turbocharged four cylinder which produces 180 horsepower and 173 lb./ft. of torque
- 5-speed manual transmission
- Four wheel disc brakes
- Electronic Stability Programme
- Pearlescent Raven Black exterior paint
- Ebony leather interior that's complete with aluminum accents
- Audi Concert sound system that's complete with Bose speakers
Who says a small, efficient car also has to be cheap and boring? This 2002 Audi TT Roadster delivers on its promise of both luxury and frugality, all at a surprisingly affordable price. And with relatively compact dimensions, a proven turbocharged R4 four cylinder and a striking aluminum trimmed, leather lined interior, it provides an excellent platform for driver enjoyment. If you're in the market for a low mileage, executive level drop top that's virtually perfect in every way, we have your next car!
Looking taught, luxurious and refined in Audi's pearlescent Raven Black paint, this slick sport car is the product of years of German design and engineering expertise. And with just 15,431 miles of weekend driving on its soft glow odometer, it has to be one of the best kept, showroom fresh Audi sports cars on the planet. Its aerodynamic body is covered in a glossy clearcoat shell which has never been roughed up or repaired. Its panel gaps are, in typical luxury car fashion, incredibly precise. Its paint is free of the heavy orange peel and thin spots you see in other production metal of the same vintage. And overall, the car appears to have led a pampered life which likely included sunny afternoons and warm weekend road trips as its only outings.
From its cutting edge styling to its tailored details, the car's clean and elegant lines are proof that an increased focus on technology often produces some of the best looking designs on the road. Up front, Audi's signature horizontal strut grille is centered between combination high intensity, halogen headlights and an aggressively sculpted bumper. Inside that grille, you'll find a large Audi emblem which represents the four marques of Auto Union; and at the sides of that grille, integrated headlight washers ride below small amber parking lights. At the sides of the car, body-matched door handles combine with body-matched sport mirrors, bright marker lights and wide rocker sills to emphasize the chassis' planted stance. And at the top of the car, like-new glass is accented by sweet aluminum roll bars and capped by a black cloth top which looks as fresh as the day it came out of the box. Out back, familiar Audi tail lights ride under a slick aluminum fuel filler and a TT-exclusive decklid spoiler. And a sculpted rear valence, which hangs a second centered Audi emblem next to a red trimmed, satin finished “TT” emblem, frames a spotless chrome exhaust tip. Audi has long been revered for their excellent combination of executive luxury and autobahn performance; and this roadster, with its excellent proportions and high level of detail is a poster child for why that design focus has been, and continues to be so successful.
Like this car, most first generation TTs received Audi's sporty 1.8 liter R4 four cylinder which utilizes a forged steel crank, forged steel connecting rods, forged aluminum pistons, an aluminum head, an aluminum intake and an efficiently packaged turbocharger to turn stout 9.5 to 1 compression into a silky smooth 180 horsepower and 173 lb./ft. of torque. When Audi developed the R4 series engine, its goal wasn't to build a drag strip terror. Instead they wanted to create a complete package which utilized a high tech chassis to make every one of its 180 horses noticeable and effective. As a result, this TT roadster is a durable and reliable dance partner which, despite its broad torque curve, isn't so high strung that you need to worry about hurting it at the track or during an afternoon of spirited driving. Take a peek under the car's glossy hood and the first thing you'll notice is an attractive black engine cover which centers an Audi logo above a “5V Turbo” script. The second thing you'll notice is a spotless engine bay that, based on appearance, probably hasn't seen any inclement weather since it rolled out of Audi's Gyor, Hungary manufacturing facility. Bright plated parts remain shiny, the plastic is undamaged by heat or wear, and there's absolutely no evidence of leakage or neglect anywhere. I would almost go so far as to say that this slick powerplant is as good as new despite its gentle 15,431 miles.
The TT isn't just about looking good; it's about experiencing some of the best drop top motoring on the market. The car's all-independent suspension delivers agile handling and a taut European ride which is better than anything else you'll find in the sub-$30,000 price range. Power flows to the ground through a slick shifting 5-speed manual transmission. Four-wheel disc brakes, which include a standard anti-lock system, provide confident stops during all conditions. And Audi's variable assist power steering and Electronic Stability Programme make easy work of virtually any hairy handling situation. At the corners of the car, flat-faced 17 inch wheels offer a visual complement to the TT's super slick body. And year-round performance is enhanced with z-rated 225/45 Michelin Pilot Sport radials which show only light wear. This Audi was built to deliver agile handling and a taut European ride that is better than anything this side of a Nurburgring track car. And when you take one spin behind the wheel, you'll say two words: mission accomplished!
Open the door and cross over a silver “TT” branded sill plate into the car's exceptionally grippy leather seats which, thanks to cool Gray hue, add a subtle contrast to a mostly monochromatic Ebony cockpit. In front of you, the dash features a silver trimmed, highly detailed quartet of gauges which include a speedometer, a tachometer, a fuel gauge and a temperature gauge. At your right a TT branded center stack hides a premium Audi Concert audio system above aluminum trimmed controls for the car's heat and air conditioning. That audio system bumps beats through great sounding Bose speakers which ride at the base of stylish tri-tone door panels. And all of the standard features you expect from a luxury car, including cruise control, power windows, power seats and a fully upholstered trunk, are included in a cockpit which features excellent carpets, like-new contact surfaces and minimal wear. Connecting the driver to the road is a handsome three spoke steering wheel which spins a silver ring around an Audi branded horn button, and an aluminum trimmed 5-speed console shifter which makes quick work of aggressive gearing.
Included with the sale of this nimble roadster is an original owner's manual, original warranty booklets and a high quality car cover.
In short, this 2002 TT is an awful lot of car for the money. With less than 16K gently used miles, it's virtually new, and is still feels as tight as the day it rolled off the showroom floor. For people who appreciate a little luxury with their economy, or people who appreciate a little economy with their luxury, the TT is a home run. And this TT Roadster, with its many options and low asking price, is a grand slam!
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