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.
It was in 1998 when Audi first released what would be the first generation of the TT. Back then it represented a revolution in design given the formal and geometric design, which was coherent as well, resulting in the TT becoming a huge icon with strong appeal. The new version, the 2014 TT, will be the third generation of this model and continues some of the original cues but put it in a new perspective of being diverse and at the same time dynamic.
In terms of length, it is just as long as the Coupe at 13.71 ft. (4.18 m) despite the fact that its wheelbase is now at 8.22 ft. (2,505 mm), an increase of 1.46 in. (37 mm). Because of this, it allowed the new TT to have overhangs that are shorter. Height is the same as the previous version at 4.44 ft. (1,353 mm) with a width of 6.01 ft. (1,832 mm). Due to these dimensions, the TT has a muscular and lean appearance especially when looked at from the side. It also looks like an animal preparing to attack a prey.
Talking about appearance, the use of the flat headlights gives the face of the TT that determined gaze. While Audi has made sure to include Xenon plus lights as standard, the brand is making available the use of LED headlights.
The brand is offering as well the chance to equip its very own Audi Matrix LED technology, a system where the high beam is created through individual and controllable LEDs. Regardless of what the customers decide on, they both have that clear curve which is the result of having separating strips placed on the headlights and that are lighted by the light guides.
Aside from being composed of 12 LEDs, the Matrix LED headlights have another interesting feature which by itself is an innovation. These are the dynamic turn signals which light up in a sequence and in the same direction that the driver is steering towards. Predictive cornering lights have been included which utilize navigation data and ensure that the cone of light is shifted to the curve even before the driver manages to turn the steering wheel.
For the actual front section, it is easy to see that for the new TT, horizontal lines are the main characteristic. It does have the same sing-frame grille as the previous version though the one in the new model is flatter and broader. On it is a powerful line that separates the grille to two regions. In the grille’s top corners, there is a sharp curve that goes across the hood in a V-shape.
It is also in the front section where one can see the four rings of the brand. This is similar to the Audi R8 which many enthusiasts know has a combined fuel consumption between 15.79 mpg US and 18.97 mpg US (14.9 to 12.4 1/100 km) and CO2 emissions in the range of 561.66 g/mile to 465.10 g/mile (349 to 289 g/km). The front section also shows air intakes which have struts that ensure air is channeled to the sides away from the front.