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