Audi's 2007 TT coupe received a suitably haute couture introduction in the fashion capitol of North America, New York City. Flanked by coathanger models wrapped in the latest stylings of designer Doo.Ri Chung, the press conference also featured an appearance by German supermodel Tatjana Patitz, lending it an indisputable Sex And The City quality.

We've already hipped readers to the TT's official technical specs, so we'll commence with first impressions in the metal. As we've said, Audi obviously had its hands full trying to replace arguably the most aesthetically cohesive and important automobile design of the last quarter century. Given the company's obsession with integrating the questionable 'single frame' grille, along with the necessary increase in dimensions to accommodate everything from pedestrian safety regs to increases in space, they've done a fine job. It remains indisputably a TT, with fine detailing inside-and-out, including pretty rear light fixtures with rectilinear internal lenses with clandestine amber turn signals. Also well hidden is the retractable rear winglet, which increases downforce at speed without blighting the rump of the TT (as the previous iteration's hastily added spoiler did).

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Similarly, the TT's interior won't rewrite the books the way the previous iteration did-- it is a measured update, but its requisite Spartan yet sexy motif has been maintained, with a superb small-diameter flat-bottomed wheel, and plenty of metal trim. What hasn't made the generational leap, sadly, are the grab handle/knee braces. There appears to be a bit more legroom in front, though the rear 2 seating is still best reserved for agreeable toddlers and soft bags. The trunk, however, is larger, and will now accommodate two sets of clubs.

10 April 2006
THE ALL-NEW AUDI TT IN FASHION IN NEW YORK CITY

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. – Audi has announced today that the all-new TT will make its North American debut at the 2006 New York Auto Show. New York has long been one of the premiere cities for fashion and design trends through out the world. This makes New York the perfect place for the 2008 TT to make its auto show debut.

These fashion and design trends will be on display during the Audi press conference at 3:10pm on Wednesday, April 12. Acclaimed New York fashion designer Doo.Ri Chung will be present to show off some of her new Spring 2006 line as Audi ties automotive design with fashion. Supermodel Tatjana Patitz will assist Doo.Ri Chung during the press conference, and will also help introduce the new Audi TT.  

When the original Audi TT debuted in 1998, it caught the automotive world by storm, and forever changed people’s perceptions of design and style. The new 2008 TT will be no different. Now embodying direct gasoline injection and Aluminum Space Frame (ASF) technology, the new TT will be a leader in technology as well as design.

For more information, please visit www.media.audiusa.com.

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