The Audi TT will still be available to buy here in the U.S. until the end of this year, after which point it’s getting killed off by the German automaker. Despite it still being on shop floors across the U.S., one budding coachbuilder has decided that the car is in need of the kind of restomod treatment that’s normally reserved for vintage Porsches and Ford Mustangs.
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The Audi TT is being reimagined by Dutch auto shop Niels van Roij Design, according to CarScoops. If that name sounds familiar, it’s because it’s the same shop that brought us a reimagined Ferrari Breadvan one-off and a Tesla Model S wagon, both of which were freaking awesome.
For its new project, Niels van Roij Design will start with a first-generation Audi TT, which originally went on sale back in 1999. The build has been commissioned by a mystery buyer, who has apparently given the design house “an interesting brief” on which to build the new car. As CarScoops explains:
The project is still in the early stages of development, but Niels van Roij published a few teasers on social media, showing bits and pieces of the donor vehicle. The post says: “We are excited about a new client, bringing in a great new restomod project with an interesting briefing… For now, we only share a glimpse of the project, that is truly focussed around design – on many levels”.
The Netherlands-based design firm didn’t give away any other information, releasing a few teaser photos of the donor car.
From the images shared by the design studio, it looks like Niels van Roij and his crew have some big plans for the humble TT. In one shot, you can see an image of the TT covered in scribbles and notes alluding to van Roij’s plan for the car.
The big opportunity with a project like this is that you can fix all the flaws with the original car and bring it up to modern spec. So, if you were the buyer of this one-off Audi TT project what would you look to change in the cutesy German sports car?
Would you focus on styling tweaks to bring it more in line with the concept artwork for the car, or would you instead look to add performance upgrades through engine changes or even a switch to an EV powertrain? Let us know in the comments below.