Kapoor; Photography: Mohd. Nasir
honest, when I was expecting to drive the Audi TT over the weekend I was
ridiculing the car in my mind. I was telling myself, it’s not a great looking
car, and the engine is too small, it doesn’t have any power, it’s more of a boy
toy and nothing more. Then when the car was delivered to my doorstep at 6 in
the morning, something happened. That burnt orange paint on the exterior and
the blackened rims and blackened bottom lip and the black spoiler spoilt every
pre conceived notion I had about its looks. With egg on my face, I went back to
after, I found myself awake and in the driver’s seat with the car egging me on
to have a go at it. This time the pre-conceived notion I had about its
drivability was right. It’s not very powerful. In fact, it doesn’t feel
powerful at all. The gear box is really slow and the ride is incredibly hard, just
what I was expecting it to be. The interior feels old and has a whiff of
yesterday. But then it would because this car is as old and “has been” like
David Hasselhoff. Audi has even updated the TT with the 3rd gen for
next year which is expected to come to India soon. But how much better could it
be from this? I knew before I drove it that there is a new one out there so
this would just be a bench mark. So up until now it’s seems like a disaster and
old and a bit like the first iPhone, in the modern advanced world, it doesn’t
quite cut it. Up until now, it’s only the look that had won me over, but then
it would when compared to the first generation that looked like it was struck
by the lightning bolt of tragedy.
But hang on a
second. It is not entirely that bad. In fact it’s not bad at all. Just because
it’s old, it doesn’t necessarily mean that that it’s horrible. Because, it
isn’t horrible. It is one of the most fun driving cars you can drive today. The
lack of power plays in its favor. If you have a car with 500 to 600 horse
power, you can’t really use them all the time. You drive along in the city at
snail’s pace and only enjoy the ponies. But in the TT you can enjoy all of
them, all the time. You don’t have to be scared of letting them out in case
they run away every time you slightly nudge the throttle. In the TT, yes the
gearbox is slow, but it’s not the power but how the power is delivered, and the
TT delivers power even better than Dominos delivers their pizzas. It’s like the
mysterious woman at the ball in beautiful black dress who is playing hard to
catch, but you want her so badly, you are willing to make a fool of yourself in
public doing it.
What this car
really is, is a full 3 course meal cooked by Gordon Ramsay, everything about it
is just balanced and works perfectly with each other. But it’s also like the Bee
Gees in a confused generation of Justin Bieber. So when the new one finally
arrives, I feel it has huge shoes to fill. Apparently, from what I have heard,
it is better to drive and even more economical and practical.
But while everyone
is crying Bieber! Bieber!, I had a huge smile on my face as I was using my walk
and “stayin’ alive” So now the hardest part … to bid farewell to the woman in black
who you never really found the courage to speak to properly, Bye Bye TT!
2.0L 4 cylinder TFSI Petrol
6-speed dual clutch S-tronic Automatic with electrohydraulic control
McPherson struts with aluminum lower wishbones/Four-link rear
suspension with separate spring/shock absorber
16” Ventilated Discs/16” Solid Discs
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