January 3, 2002

NAIAS 2002 - ALMS Commemorative Edition TT
Article Compiled by Jason Teller
From the Audi Press Release

Audi and motorsports is a never-ending success story. Since the 1911 International Austrian Alpine Run, Audi has set the standard for motorsports excellence. Today, Audi celebrates its triumphs with the introduction of the ALMS (American Le Mans Series) Commemorative Edition TT.

Audi will offer 1,000 uniquely styled 2002 TT coupes featuring special 18-inch wheels, high performance tires, color and trim. On sales in early Spring, the limited edition cars will feature two unique configurations: a Misano Red pearl effect exterior with a silver Silk Nappa leather interior; and an Avus Silver pearl effect exterior with Brilliant Red interior . Other interior changes include knee bolsters, shift knob and steering wheel all in corresponding leather.

"The ALMS Commemorative Edition TT is likely to be coveted by enthusiasts and collectors," said Len Hunt, vice president, Audi of America, Inc. "We crafted this special vehicle to showcase Audi's successful motorsport endeavors in North America."

Hunt continued, "The ALMS Commemorative Edition TT goes far beyond just design, it is a constant reflection of the exhilarating experience witnessed on the track for the past two years when Audi convincingly clinched the drivers' and manufacturers' titles in the American Le Mans Series."

The graceful, minimalists design of the TT Coupe, with its low, fastback and high waistline, gives the ALMS Commemorative Edition TT a nimble, sporty appearance that flows from the inspirational concept car introduced at the German Motor Show in Frankfurt in 1995.

The limited production vehicle features Audi's legendary quattro permanent all-wheel drive and a 225-horsepower, 1.8-liter five-valve turbocharged twin cam engine with a precise and sporty six-speed manual gearbox.

The ALMS Commemorative Edition TT incorporates styling cues the celebrate the excitement of Le Mans. Augmenting the overall package and hinting at the racing-inspired tradition that is Audi, are special 18-inch, nine-spoke cast alloy performance wheels featuring 225/40 ZR 18 high performance tires.

The ALMS Commemorative Edition TT -- which features the same standard equipment found on all TT Coupes -- sprints from 0 to 60 miles per hour in 6.3 seconds, and the high-output version of its 1.8-liter engine delivers 225-hp at 5,900 rpm and a constand 207 lbs. ft. of torque from 2,500 to 5,500 rpm.

To enhance traction, Audi engineers have included a host of electronically-controlled features as standard equipment, including an anti-lock brake system (ABS) with electronic differential lock (EDL) and electronic rear brake pressure regulation, Anti-Slip Regulation (ASR) full-time traction control and ESP.

The automatic climate control system with digital-display temperature setting features a sun sensor, dust and pollen filter. To ensure the driver and front passenger find optimum seating positions, both front seats are contoured and offer height adjustment. The driver can find enhanced comfort with a tilt and telescoping steering wheel.

To keep the ALMS Commemorative Edition TT secure, Audi includes a standard equipment alarm system with theft-deterrent repeater lights on each door windowsill. It also features a separate sensor for monitoring activity inside the car, adding additional protection.

An optional convenience package features heated front seats and a HomeLink three-channel remote garage door transmitter in the overhead console. Additional options availabe include a Bose 175-watt premium sound system with subwoofer and six-disc CD changer, as well as the Audi Navigation System and preparation for a Motorola v60 digital cellular phone.

Audi Advantage

All Audi vehicles sold in North America, including the ALMS Commemorative Edition TT, come with the Audi Advanatge, an industry-leading combination of warranties and protection.

This top-rated package includes:

  • Four-year/50,000 mile no-charge scheduled maintenance.
  • Four-year/50,000 mile limited new vehicle warranty.
  • 12-year limited warranty against corrosion perforation.
  • 24-hour Roadside Assistance for four years.

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