The most visually elusive exterior improvement made to any car on show at next week's British International Motor Show belongs to the Audi TT quattro.
For the 2003 model year, Audi has subtly modified the body of the iconic sports car that in 1999 famously progressed from striking prototype to production car virtually unchanged. The sole exterior revision is a mildly altered radiator grille, which can be seen for the first time in Britain at the NEC.
"Audi has clearly discovered a hugely successful formula with the exceptional styling of the TT, and I can understand why the designers were reluctant to attempt any significant changes to a sports car that our customers widely regard as perfect" commented Audi UK Director Kevin Rose.
All of the exclusively four-wheel-driven TT models last year gained larger 18-inch, nine spoke alloy wheels with 225/40 ZR18 tyres, complemented by sports suspension that has been lowered further compared with the original car. New titanium headlamp surrounds also enhance 225bhp Coupé and Roadster models.
More popular in Britain than anywhere else in the world, the TT quattro has been the choice of over 21,000 Britons since the Coupé first went on sale in the UK in July 1999, closely followed by the Roadster version. OTR prices in Britain range from £24,100 to £29,050.Published 18 October 2002