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One way to make a statement about the comparative rarity of a vehicle is through the use of exterior paint. Case in point is the just-introduced 2002 Audi TT—the ALMS Commemorative Edition TT, that is. The acronym stands for “American Le Mans Series,” which Audi has been dominant in of late, picking up both drivers’ and manufacturers’ titles during the past two seasons.
Only 1,000 of the vehicles are being produced. And the cars are being painted with just two colors: Either Misano Red or Avus Silver. (Those who buy the standard coupe can choose from Brilliant Black, Raven Black (pearl), Denim Blue (pearl), Moro Blue (pearl); Aviator Gray (pearl), Desert Green (pearl), Amulet Red, Lake Silver (metallic), or Brilliant White.) Both pearl-effect colors are nicely accented by special 18-in., nine-spoke cast alloy wheels. There are a host of interior features that are special to the ALMS model, as well, such as color-coordinated interiors, with the red car being tricked out with a silver silk nappa leather interior and the silver car getting red interior material.
(Beneath the special paint, by the way, there is a 225-hp, 1.8-liter, five-valve turbocharged twin-cam engine; a six-speed manual gearbox, and quattro permanent all-wheel-drive.)
Will Audi be painting 500 of each color? No. According to a company spokeswoman, they will be painting batches of each then, depending on demand, painting more of whatever color is most in demand.
“The ALMS Commemorative Edition TT is likely to be coveted by enthusiasts and collectors,” says Len Hunt, vice president, Audi of America. And we’re sure plenty more people would covet it, too–but that’s what “limited” is all about.