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2008 Audi TT 3.2 Quattro for sale – manual transmission

Whether we want to admit it or not, there was a time when we all wanted a 2008 Audi TT 3.2 Quattro. The Audi RSQ concept car debuted in “I, Robot” in 2004. I, let’s admit it, we were all hooked on that futuristic sports car silhouette.

Black 2008 Audi TT 3.2 Quattro side view
Highlights
Model: 2008 Audi TT 3.2 Quattro
Location: Dawsonville, Georgia
Miles: 147,000
Price: $8,700, maybe some trades for bigger car
Seller Type: Private Party
Listed On: Facebook Marketplace
Something Unique: TT Coupe, stick, with 3.2L VR6

The 2008 Audi TT Quattro remained close to that nostalgic design without leaning too far into the future. That’s a mistake some new cars would go on to make. Is anybody interested in a BMW i3 or an even newer Kia EV9? I’m sure they have great personalities, but we’re just talking about looks right now.

3.2 Quattro and Manual Transmission

In 2008, this was the golden drivetrain. You’ve got that extra pedal, so no need to worry about DSG shifting and how frenetic sport mode can be. You get to do whatever you want and find your way to defeat the notorious Audi understeer boss at the end of the level.

The 250 horsepower and 236 lb-ft of torque in the 3.2-Liter certainly give you more power to work with. It’s also a heavier engine than the 2.0-Liter, so more weight sitting over the front wheels. That’s not necessarily a good thing in the quest to defeat understeer.

Audi TT 3.2 V6 Engine

The 2.0 model has a curb weight of 2,965 lbs while the 3.2 is sitting at 3,218 lbs. That can feel like a significant difference, especially with how that weight is distributed. The 2.0 also often came as a front-drive tt. Emoji scream.

In either configuration, we’re not at first-gen Miata weight, but we do have all wheel drive for some year-round fun. The 3.2 and manual combo is good for a 0-60 time of 6 seconds. By today’s standards, that’s not going to blow you away. It is more than enough to keep a smile on your face though, especially with a naturally aspirated engine that still has a pretty low-range torque peak.

You can find Mercedes C classes with fewer or even low mileage with similarly specced interiors, and they’re probably more practical. You could certainly find a manual Honda Accord with a fun powertrain (maybe more miles in today’s market) to also fill this presumed void.

Or you could roll the dice with this V6 Audi that has a wheelbase only slightly larger than this s2000! Run some errands and then go make your own autocross test track in a parking lot you 100% legally own.

The reliability is better than you may expect, especially with the manual transmission. You’ll just want to have the maintenance records available like always, get a PPI, and have them check for timing chain stretch. 2008 TT did have two recalls, so you’re definitely going to want to grab that VIN and make sure they’ve been done. Beyond that, I wouldn’t worry too much. Here’s a cars.com link to the safety recalls.

Audi TT Interior and S-Line

This car comes equipped with the S-Line package which ran $3000. It included performance summer tires, which now doesn’t really matter, 19-inch rims, special interior trim, and more aggressive front and rear styling.

black side view of audi on 19 inch wheels

It looks like the car may be sitting on the lower specced 18-inch alloy wheels looking at the pictures. The black 10 spokes still look nice though! Here’s a view of a 2nd generation Audi TT riding on the S-Line 19-inch wheels.

silver audi tt with OEM s-line wheels
Audi TT. (2023, March 15). In Wikipedia. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Audi_TT

The interior has held up well. The leather in the rear seats looks great. And the rear seats do exist, so take that S2000 and Miata.

Audi TT rear leather black seats

The front seats seem like they’d be in good condition as well. It is difficult to tell without more photos of the typical wear spots for the driver’s seat in particular.

Flat bottom steering wheel

I’m definitely a fan of the black-on-black look. That’s true on just about every car. Again, I’m a simple man. The flat bottom steering wheel is also a cool touch that has aged well. People pay extra to swap in those flat bottom steering wheels, If that doesn’t boost your confidence, I don’t know what will.

Audi TT Closing Arguments

The $8700 price point, even being S-Line trim, is at the top of book value for private party sales. I certainly wouldn’t add it to other great deals on that single data point. As a counterpoint, how much of a good deal is perceived through the lens of opportunity cost?

Rear view of Audi TT 3.2
Duckbill rear spoiler from S-Line package

If you were to try to purchase this car through a dealer, it’d probably sit closer to the $11k-$12k mark right now. There’s a big discrepancy between what dealers pay at auction and the book values of cars.

The book values haven’t caught up to the market yet and it’s putting dealers in a strange spot. A more in-depth article on that is coming. All that to say that dealer prices may seem all over the place, potentially hiking back up, in the next year. It’s up to you, but you can do your negotiation on the listing here.

I still really like the premise of a lightweight, short wheelbase car that can pack a punch. Quite similar in nature to a BMW 135i, and actually a little bit lighter. Is it one of the best cars to do burnouts or drift in? Nope. But there are a lot of ways to have fun; it does not have an automatic transmission!