Audi Teases New TT in Sketch Form

By Winding Road Staff

February 20, 2014

Next month at the Geneva Motor Show, Audi plans to show off the third generation TT to the public. In the meantime however, Audi was kind enough to offer up these official sketches for our perusal, and they offer us the clearest indication yet of what we can expect from the next TT.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, the third generation TT appears to not be a complete aesthetic rethink of the vehicle, and instead offers an evolutionary progression of the Bauhaus-inspired design of the original car. The look is now more angular and purposeful, with more aggressive tweaks applied to the grill and air intake ducts, as well as more prominent wheel arch blistering, all of which seem to inch the TT's look closer in line with the R8. The detail sketches below also gives us a better look at the reshaped head lights and tail lights.
The new TT will ride on VW's new MQB platform, which already has already found acclaim in the new Audi A3 and VW Golf, among others. Continuing Audi's habit of reducing weight in the TT by swapping steel structures with aluminum, the newest TT diet will see the coupe drop another 130 pounds or so, bringing its weight down to about 2650 pounds. As is typically the case, not only will the weight reduction provide improved handling, acceleration and braking, we expect the TT will also find a bump in fuel economy as well just by virtue of having less girth to lug around. Fuel economy will also see additional improvements by way of a more efficient Quattro system and revamped aerodynamics.
The third generation TT will also offer a wide range of engines. While specifics about what revisions these motors might get is still a mystery, here's what Audi has on offer at the moment: a 1.8-liter TFSI I-4 with 178 hp, a 2.0-liter TDI four-cylinder good for 180 hp, a 2.0-liter TFSI I-4 with 222 hp and 296 hp in S model trim, and a 380-hp turbo 2.5-liter I-5 for the TT RS. Expect the 2.5-liter to propel the new TT to a 0-60 time of around 4 seconds flat.
The TT's interior also sees extensive revision. With a race-inspired design that's vaguely reminiscent of the latest Lamborghini interiors like the new Huracan, the TT will feature a tech-heavy focus that includes a fully digital instrument cluster with a 12.3in TFT screen.
The new TT is expected to hit showrooms in the summer of 2014, with a convertible version not far behind. 
We'll have much more when the new TT debuts in Geneva next month. Keep an eye on the 2015 Audi TT overview page for updates as we have them.