Audi TT by Vilner: A model named after a motorcycle race that still turn heads
Have you ever wondered why this emblematic model bears these two initials? ТT? For someone it may sound odd, but the name of that cool looking front or ‘quattro’ car comes from the Tourist Trophy – the oldest (1907) and most dangerous motorcycle race in the world. NSU raced its bikes on the Isle of Man from 1911 – later VW merged NSU and Auto Union to create Audi – and had its 1000TT, 1200TT и TTS car models in that connection. And much later, in 1998, Audi revived the two ‘italic’ letters (the official TT race logo is also slightly tilted to the right) and put them on the back of its cosmic looking compact Coupe and Roadster.
This particular TT had been bought new from its owner which keeps the car in tiptop condition to this day. But it was time for a change, it was time for a Vilner therapy but without too much differentiation from the car’s original spirit. The stock interior was covered in grey leather which was too boring and that was the trigger.
But you should be very careful when you’re dealing with an open top car cockpit – in terms of colours and style, the interior of a roadster should be done much more thoughtful because you see the exterior and the interior at the same time. Vilner made blue accents inside – Alcantara stripes on the seats and door panels, blue seat belts and blue contrast stitching on the flat bottomed steering wheel. The same has been totally remodelled by Vilner’s specialists: brown and black leather with rally style blue central marker.
The central console is now painted in soft brown too, and the central box section between the two backrests is wrapped in fine leather. Main statement inside is made by the TT perforation motive on the seat’s central sections and the door panels. You can also notice the non perforated ТТ logo on the backrests, and – if you look much more closely – you’ll find four discrete elements execution of which speaks for themselves. These are the washer like plastic pieces on the bottom of each headrest stem. Barely noticeable for most eyes they’re usually left in bare plastic form but Vilner wrapped them in opaque leather. Nice touch
The owner had the car’s exterior already modified but the art studio added LED elements in the headlights and on the back, which gave the TT more contemporary look. The black ‘Vilner’ signature on the back is the final stamp of approval which matches the ТТ initials on the other side also changed in gloss black.
1998 Audi TT 1.8 T Roadster, 1781 cc, 4-cyl. inline, 180 hp, 135 Nm, 5 sp. manual, FWD, 1320 kg