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The Audi TT V6 Was a Rare, Special Car

The first-generation Audi TT was sold from 2000 to 2006, and it was generally regarded as one of the most beautiful — and important — automotive designs of its era. But while most discussions about the original TT center on its design, there are a few other notable aspects worth mentioning — like the time Audi made a very special V6 version.

Yes, that’s right: The tiny, first-generation Audi TT was offered with a V6. And it was a bit more unusual than that.

Here’s what happened. The TT debuted in 2000, and it was initially available with a 1.8-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder and offered in two versions: a front-wheel-drive model with 180 horsepower, and an all-wheel-drive version with 225 hp. But in 2004, Audi rolled out the V6. It was a 3.2-liter engine, and it made 250 hp, which was a big figure in a car as small as the TT. Naturally, it was only offered with AWD.

Maybe more impressive than the V6 is the fact that V6-powered TT models also debuted a new type of transmission: a direct-shift gearbox, as Audi called it, now known as a dual-clutch. Back in 2004, this was novel technology. Porsche was still five years away from adopting it, and virtually no one else was using it. But V6-powered TT models were among the very first cars to offer a dual-clutch.

These days, first-generation V6 TT models are hard to find — and they weren’t exactly common back then either, since they were offered for only three model years (2004-2006). Still, there are a few out there, in coupe or convertible form, that are a little more unusual than a regular TT for those “in the know.” Find an Audi TT for sale

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Doug Demuro
Doug Demuro
Doug DeMuro writes articles and makes videos, mainly about cars. Doug was born in Denver, Colorado, and received an economics degree from Emory University in Atlanta. After graduation, Doug spent three years working for Porsche Cars North America. Eventually, he quit his job to become a writer, largely because it meant that he no longer had to wear pants. Doug’s work has been featured in a... Read More about Doug Demuro

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