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Audi’s TT Safari is the perfect mix of style and off-road ability

By Jordan Treloar, 30 May 2019 News

Audi’s TT Safari is the perfect mix of style and off-road ability

With the looming death of the Audi TT, Audi told all its young designers to go nuts, and the TT Safari was born

With the sad death of the TT looming as Audi looks at electrification in the future, the German manufacturer told a group of its designer trainees to go nuts. The result was the incredible Audi TT Safari.

The Safari was built as a one-off for the Wörthersee GTI car meet in Austria, a huge car meet that celebrates the weird and wonderful creations of all the car manufacturers under the Volkswagen group.

TT Front three quarter

This unique TT has been styled to look like no other car and, in Audi rally tradition, has the off-road ability to match.

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The Safari was lifted dramatically and fitted with big off-road tyres that feature Quattro branding on the sidewalls. To fit these new wheels, the Safari has massive flared wheel arches, plus two spare tyres on the ‘boot’ of the car (Dakar trophy truck-style), just in case any of the others gets a puncture while cruising over whatever terrain is thrown at it.

TT rear tyres

There is a very distinct yellow theme with the TT Safari, with the brand new grille, the headlights and additional rally driving lights, and of course the very cool grey, white and yellow livery.

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The yellowness isn’t limited to the exterior with the steering wheel and the seats all featuring yellow leather and stitching, as well as the windscreen, which has been tinted in yellow.

TT interior

Photo: @porschewienliesing / Instagram

It would have been wonderful to have had a car in the TT range similar to this one along with the S and RS models, however it is nice to see Audi giving it one final chance to celebrate one of its unique creations over the last 20 years.

In addition to the TT Safari, Volkswagen also flexed its muscles to show what it is able to do when let loose, revealing both the 281kW three-door Golf GTI Aurora and the 398kW Golf Estate R FighteR.