In developing the third-generation TT, Audi will make use of design elements from the existing TT as well as the original one, sources say. Audi seeks to get back what made the first-generation car distinct and striking. There are reports that some people inside Audi believe that the stunning Bauhaus style of the original Audi TT, which stood out due to its strongly functional shape without much ornamentation, has to be a feature in the next car.
It’s expected that the coupé variant will debut in 2014, with a roadster touching down in 2015. Audi will base the newest TT model on the new VW Group MQB platform, which results to a shorter front overhang and a longer wheelbase compared to the overall length. Wider tracks will be used by the new TT but the car’s overall size will get just a slight change.
It’s also likely to feature Audi’s newest six-corner grille, more angular headlights and contoured clamshell bonnet, as well as the trademark rounded tail and motorized tail spoiler. The wheel arches will also offer greater sculptural emphasis. The new TT will use a chassis set-up meant to offer a more engaging drive than that of the existing car.
The new TT will be put up against the Porsche Boxster. To become more competitive, the TT will have a higher aluminium content to cut its mass further. The base model already weighs an impressive 1240kg.
We know that there would be front-wheel-drive and four-wheel-drive options. Its engines include the trimmed down 1.8-litre and 2.0-litre EA888 petrol engines, which features fuel-saving cylinder deactivation. The lineup will also include a slightly upgraded direct injection 2.0-litre diesel. The new high-performance TT RS will also get a reworked version of the 2.5-litre five-cylinder engine in 2015.