A complete makeover will be given to the Audi TT in 2014. This is the car that led to Audi’s Bauhaus-inspired design revolution in the 1990s. Audi officials said that the third-generation TT will be “more driver orientated” than the present car, with the objective of matching the Porsche Boxster.
Audi aims to achieve this target with a plan that combines new underpinnings for the TT and a program that’s intended to reduce the weight below the already competitive 1240kg of the current base model. The new TT will still offer the option of both 2+2 coupé and two-seat roadster body styles. This roadster has a cloth roof and is slated to arrive in 2015. The new Audi is based on the new MQB transverse architecture that was developed together with parent company Volkswagen.
This new platform will get its first public airing next month at the Geneva motor show. This was used on the third-generation A3, a car that will share selected driveline combinations with the new TT. Just like the current model, it will be available with both front-wheel drive and four-wheel drive. The new TT is conceptualized around an inner structure that makes use of a larger percentage of aluminum in the bulkheads and floorpan. In addition, it continues to boast a mostly aluminum bodyshell. The new car will come with some heavy styling in line with every TT since it was added to the Audi line-up in 1998.
Sources who saw the final design of this car say that it is “more technical looking.” It still has the same basic dimensions as the current TT (length of 4185mm, width of 1840mm wide and height of 1350mm). The design features include Audi’s newest six-corner single-frame grille, sleeker and more angular headlamps with the most advanced LED technology and a clamshell bonnet that has greater contouring.
It will also get prominent wheel arch flares, a more defined shoulder line, deeper sculpturing within the doors, a plunging, liftback-style tailgate and a rounded rear end that has an automatically deploying spoiler element. The third-generation TT will start selling in 2014. It will be available with a 1.8 and two different 2.0-litre versions of the Volkswagen Group’s four-cylinder EA888 petrol engine. They’re expected to come with a new cylinder shutdown mechanism as part of a broad range of fuel-saving measures on the new TT. [source: Autocar]