Cars > Peek

Audi says goodbye to the TT with the Final Edition

Only available in the UK market for a reason

Did you know the car is named after the TT races held in the Isle of Man? PHOTO FROM AUDI

Believe it or not, but the Audi TT has been around for 25 years now. Sadly, it looks like there won’t be a 26th year for the sporty little number from Ingolstadt, as the Germans have just launched a Final Edition that celebrates the car’s long history and serves as a curtain closer for its lengthy production run.

Seemingly only aimed at the UK market, the TT and TTS Final Editions are one last hurrah for a vehicle that has become a bit of an icon for the brand, and will almost certainly be a sought-after classic in the future.

It's a subtle send-off, which is just right for a driver-focused sports car. PHOTOS FROM AUDI

Aiming for the final Coupe and Roadster versions at the British market above all others makes sense in a number of ways. Not only was the car named after the famous TT races in the Isle of Man, but Great Britain is also an important market for it, with roughly a third of the global production last year finding buyers in the island nation.

Anyone who forks out at least £41,910 (P2.78 million) for the 40 TFSI coupe—or up to £56,435 (P3.75 million) for the TTS Final Edition roadster—gets a special black styling pack with the Audi rings and all badging, door mirrors, tailpipes, and even the rear spoiler painted black. If you order the al fresco version, then the rollover bars and the wind diffuser are also finished in the same color.

The standard exterior colors are limited to Tango Red, Glacier White, and Chronos Gray, with privacy glass in the coupe and red brake calipers on all models, installed behind 20-inch, five-spoke Y-style rims on the normal model and seven-spoke version on the TTS cars.

No fancy embellishments here. Just a simple, sporty cabin. PHOTO FROM AUDI

Inside, you’ll get the extended leather pack as standard that treats you to the armrests in the doors, the door pull handles, and the trim on the center console all being finished in posh cowhide. An Alcantara steering wheel, red accents throughout the cabin, and Alcantara-trimmed seats complete the sporty-luxurious look.

The TT Final Editions come with the Audi Technology Pack fitted as standard, which includes the MMI Navigation Plus and Connect Infotainment Services, letting drivers access live information like traffic reports, weather forecasts, and even fuel prices along the route.

Buy the TTS version and you also get the Comfort and Sound Pack thrown in. That one will treat you to a Bang & Olufsen sound system, keyless entry, and a reversing camera complete with parking sensors to help keep your baby dent-free.

We hope that the TT's spirit will live on in Audi's electric future. PHOTO FROM AUDI

When looking at the shape of the TT today, it’s hard to believe that it first saw the light of day as a concept car back in 1995, and has been in production since 1998. Now in its third and last generation, it has aged well and influenced the design language of Audi in many ways.

Simple but memorable, its looks combine sportiness with friendly curves, and it’s easy to see why it proved so popular. Now that it will finally sail off into the sunset, we can’t help but wonder what Audi will replace it with, and if its successor will also last for a quarter of a century.

Frank Schuengel

Frank is a German e-commerce executive who loves his wife, a Filipina, so much he decided to base himself in Manila. He has interesting thoughts on Philippine motoring. He writes the aptly named ‘Frankly’ column.