Rumor: Audi TT Concept to bow at the 2011 Tokyo Motor Show

Article by Christian Andrei, on November 21, 2011

It is rumored that the new Audi TT will debut at the Tokyo Motor Show at the end of November. In fact, a sketch of this car’s rear was shown at a Dutch blog website. It gives a clearer picture of how the new coupe will look.

If this original image is the real deal, it means that the car’s rear will use shapes from the 2010 Audi quattro concept and combine it with newer detailing from the latest e-tron electric concepts. Audi denies that this car even exists but it hints that the central figure in Tokyo would be a five-door version of the A1. It can be recalled that in 2005, Audi unveiled its previous TT concept, the Shooting Brake, in the Japan auto show.

According to the newest plan, the TT will move upmarket. The existing car makes use of chassis and engine parts from the VW Golf but this new model is believed to come with an advanced mixed steel and aluminum chassis. It will have the same layout with a front engine and four-wheel-drive but this TT will be groomed to rival the Porsche Boxster and Mercedes SLK. Audi is reportedly planning to offer bigger and more powerful engines, including a twin-charged 2.0-litre that could deliver up to 300bhp.

Audi is also working on a fully electric version. With this move to bring the TT upmarket, the VW Group would be able to develop a smaller two-seat roadster based on the BlueSport concept that could later carry Skoda, SEAT, VW and Audi badges.

The first Audi TT was introduced in 1998. During that time, it was considered a design revolution with the coherent and geometrical design language it used. The first Audi TT instantly became a charismatic icon. Now the third generation Audi TT sees a lot of these original design elements but the car brand’s designers have updated the design.

Looking at the front of the Audi TT, you would immediately notice the horizontal lines. It has a Singleframe grille that is wider and flatter than the ones you see in previous models. The grille is divided into two zones by a pronounced line. From the top corners of the grille, there are sharp lines that run across the bonnet in a V pattern where you will find the Audi rings. This design element takes its cue from the Audi R8. The Audi TT has a combined fuel consumption of 14.9 and 12.4 miles per gallon and 349 and 289 grams per kilometer of carbon dioxide emissions. Meanwhile, the air intakes have struts that direct some of the airflow away to flanks from the front.

The car also has flat headlights that give it a focused look. The standard xenon plus headlights may be replaced by optional LED lights. No matter which one you choose, you can appreciate the distinguishable contour that is brought about by the separating strip in the headlights that is lit up by the light guides.

Audi Matrix LED headlights have a dozen LEDs. It also features the dynamic turn signals that light up in a series, depending on which way the driver is steering. You can also find the predictive cornering light that accesses navigation data to automatically move the cone of light even before you turn the steering wheel.

In profile, the Audi TT looks very muscular and lean. It lies very low and looks like it is getting ready to pounce. The Coupe measures 4.18 meters long, which makes it as long as its predecessor but it has a wider wheelbase at 2,505 mm, 37 mm more than the previous model. As such, the Coupe version has short overhangs. It also measures 1,832 mm wide and 1,353 mm high.

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