Third-generation Audi TT will go back to its roots

Article by Christian A., on November 5, 2012

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.

When the Audi TT was first introduced in 1998, it came with a revolutionary design – the first-generation was firmly geometrical and had a consistent design blueprint that effectively elected it to become a car icon with great charisma. Now for its third generation, the creators of Audi reflected back to the original design and employed its groundbreaking ideas to create a dynamic and diverse car.

The new Audi TT has a front that is ruled by horizontal strokes. The Singleframe grille is defined by a line that splits it into two main regions and it has also become flatter and wider than the ones that were utilized in the previous models. Defined curves are drawn from the topmost corners of the grille and run across the hood that carries the four signature Audi rings. Just like the Audi R8, it consumes 12.4-14.9 liters of fuel for every 100 km or a fuel economy of 15.79-18.97 miles per gallon. Its carbon emissions’ rating is at 289-349 g/km or 465.10-561.66 g/mile. Moreover, the air intakes use struts that usher the flow towards the flanks and away from the front.

The headlamps give the TT a bold and determined appearance. While Xenon plus lamps are standard features, customers have the option to get the LED headlamps or ones with the advanced Matrix LED technology from Audi, in which the main beam is produced by manageable single LEDs. In both options, a distinctive contour is created by the dividing band in the headlamps which come with light guides.

Twelve LED lights compose the Matrix LED headlamps. It is also integrated with another cutting-edge technology pioneered by Audi: the advanced turn signals are activated successively to flash towards the direction that the driver is steering towards. This predictive function utilizes navigation details to steer the light to the curve even before the driver turns the steering wheel.

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