The original Audi TT Roadster is being redesigned by Niels Van Roij Design
The iconic sports car from the late ’90s is a modern classic, so do you feel old yet?
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The first-generation Audi TT is one of the most iconic designs in the German automaker’s history, attracting more and more attention recently despite the modest underpinnings of the Volkswagen Golf MK4. This interest eventually led to the first restomod project designed by Niels van Rooij, based on the Audi TT Roadster.
The project is still in the early stages of development, but Niels van Rooij has posted some teasers on social media, showing bits and pieces of the donor car. “We’re excited about a new client, bringing a great new Restomod project with an interesting synopsis… For now, we’re only sharing a glimpse of the project, which is really design-focused — on many levels,” the post read.
The Netherlands-based design company did not reveal any other information, and released some teaser images of the donor car.
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Images of the TT Roadster reveal a large folder containing lots of notes, suggesting that the team could do a fair amount of work on the car, perhaps changing the design of some components such as the retractable fabric top cover.
While we don’t know the customer’s brief, our guess is that it could take inspiration from the original 1995 Audi TTS Roadster concept. This model features slimmer intakes compared to the production version, and custom leather upholstery inside the cabin. The donor car actually came fitted with the five-spoke chrome-plated alloy wheels which were the more appropriate option for the TT.
We can’t confirm the powertrain, which could be either a 1.8-liter turbo four-cylinder or the flagship 3.2-liter VR6 quattro engine. In any case, Niels van Roij Design will keep us updated as the project gets closer to implementation.
Audi recently celebrated the 25th anniversary of the debut of the first-generation TT that entered production in 1998, following on from the original concepts that appeared in 1995. The current third-generation model is scheduled to go out of production by the end of the year, effectively ending the era of Audi sports cars. Powered by ICE engine. Below, you can see images of the first generation Audi TT Roadster in production specifications and the TTS Roadster concept.