Anyone care to join the fun?
Last week we learned Audi plans to kill off its TT coupe and convertible in the relatively near future. Internal combustion will be out and full-on electrification will be in. Perhaps its future successor will still bear the TT nameplate, only with an all-electric powertrain. But let’s not shed too many tears because the TT is still with us today. Enjoy it while we can. And perhaps one of the best ways to do so is with this wonderfully crazy one-off TT Safari, which is making its debut at the annual Wörthersee show in Austria.
Beginning with a regular TT coupe, a group of Audi trainees is responsible for the end result. That’s right. Audi’s next generation of employees have a wild side.
This TT has been lifted and given a set of off-road tires, huge fender flares, a completely restyled grille, yellow rally lights, and white, grey, and yellow paint job. Perhaps our favorite styling element is how the spare tires are stored: smack dab on the trunk. There was no point in trying to hide them. The interior is, for the most part, stock TT with the exception of lots of yellow trim. Heck, even the windshield has been given a yellow tint. Interesting design choice but we’ll go along with it just because the rest of the car is so nuts.
Aside from some images posted to Facebook and Instagram, no details have been given as to what’s under the hood, but how awesome would it be if the team used the 2.5-liter turbocharged TFSI five-cylinder from the TT RS. That’d be a total of nearly 400 hp and 354 lb-ft of torque.
Combined with the Quattro all-wheel drive system, we can totally see the Audi TT Safari dominating various off-road competitions, such as the Baja 1,000 or, perhaps, even the grueling Dakar Rally. And for the record, Audi has absolutely no intention of putting the TT Safari into production. Some things are just too good to be true. This is sadly one of them.