Third-generation TT gets a harder-edged look, more powerful engines and a new chassis ahead of going on sale in 2015
3 March 2014

The new Audi TT has made its world debut at the Geneva motor show. The third-generation model sports an evolved style, and is both lighter and more powerful than the outgoing model.

Pictured here officially for the first time, the new TT will go on sale in the UK this autumn. For its third incarnation, the TT has been given an all-new exterior design that looks sleeker while retaining similar proportions and dimensions to its predecessor as well as a comparable silhouette. The design combines more precise detailing up front, crisper feature lines within the body, a boldly curved roof and significantly altered rear end.

Described as being new from the ground up, the latest TT also receives a sophisticated and larger 2+2 interior that features a contemporary digital instrument panel and clean-looking dashboard similar in appearance to that found in the Audi A3.

On the technical front, there is a range of more powerful four-cylinder engines, a fifth-generation Haldex four-wheel drive system and — in a move that Audi technical boss Ulrich Hackenberg has suggested makes the TT more fun to drive than ever before — a new aluminium-intensive chassis featuring variable damping control and a variable-ratio electromechanical power steering system.

Central among the stylistic changes brought to the new coupé is the adoption of a more aggressive-looking front end. This features an angular six-corner grille, new trapezoidal-shaped headlights with more prominent LED internal graphics, a more heavily contoured clamshell-style bonnet and added structure 
to the lower section of the 
front bumper. In a move that brings the TT into line with the range-topping R8, the four-ring Audi emblem has been moved from its usual place within the grille to the bonnet’s leading edge.

Further back, the new TT retains the prominent wheelarch flares of its predecessors but gains larger wheel housings capable of accepting larger-diameter wheels. A defined shoulder line, referred to by Audi as the Tornado line, runs the entire length of the flanks, from the trailing edge of the headlights through to the tail-lights.

The glasshouse is similar in shape to that of the old TT, but the rear side windows have been altered to further emphasise the rear pillars.

Holding true to the three-door layout of earlier models, the new TT continues to feature a liftback-style tailgate. However, the shape of the rear end is now less rounded than before, with a defined lip to the end of the body, an automatic spoiler that deploys at speeds above 75mph and more angular tail-lights.

Unusually, given increasingly stringent safety regulations, the new TT is reduced in size, albeit only marginally. At 4180mm in length and 1832mm in width, Audi’s new coupé is 20mm shorter and 8mm narrower than its predecessor. However, its 1353mm height is the same as before.

Underpinning the new TT is a bespoke version of the Volkswagen Group’s MQB platform. The TT’s wheelbase is 37mm longer than previously, at 2505mm. This gives the new model added interior space and provides the basis for a 13-litre increase in nominal luggage capacity, at 305 litres.

As with the second-generation model, the new TT relies on hybrid construction to shed weight. The floorpan uses a combination of hot-formed high-strength steel and cast aluminium to achieve what Audi describes as “optimal” front-to-rear weight distribution. Much of the body — including the bonnet, wings, roof, doors and tailgate — is constructed from aluminium.

The result is a 50kg saving in kerb weight for the entry-level front-wheel-drive TT, which weighs a claimed 1230kg.  

Audi has confirmed a choice of three four-cylinder engines and two gearboxes for the new TT, all available from the outset of UK sales. Underpinning the petrol line-up is the Volkswagen Group’s widely used turbocharged 2.0-litre direct-injection unit, which develops more power and torque than in the old TT.

This engine uses Audi’s variable valve lift technology and a more advanced fuel injection system than lesser versions of the same unit. It delivers 227bhp and 273lb ft in the initial entry-level front-wheel-drive TT and 306bhp and 280lb ft in the four-wheel-drive quattro-equipped range-topping TTS version. The TTS model has a claimed 0-62mph time of just 4.7sec and a top speed limited to 155mph.

Also planned is a turbocharged 2.0-litre common-rail diesel engine with 181bhp and 280lb ft in the front-wheel-drive TT 2.0 TDI. This model is claimed to return a combined fuel consumption figure of 67.3mpg and average CO2 emissions of just 110g/km.

All three launch models come with a standard six-speed manual or optional six-speed S-tronic dual-clutch automatic gearbox. Both transmissions have automatic stop-start. The TT and TT 2.0 TDI receive front-wheel drive as standard but can be specified with the quattro four-wheel drive system that comes as standard on the TTS.

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3 March 2014
I didn't expect to, but I prefer the look of this to the current version, and its really good to see a simple interior which isn't dominated by a central touch screen.

3 March 2014
The first TT was a revelation in its intent, Bauhaus inspired design and it's economical Golf derived engines. It showed us that you didn't need to dream about owning a 911 or Boxter and despite it's unflattering driving abilities, it was a good car. However, it's gone a bit downhill since. The second i felt was anonymous and had nothing new to offer. This new one, other than its interior is sadly much of the same story, only this time, Audi have been inconsistent with their influences or design ideas and it makes the TT look and feel like a tired concept. I think its time for Audi to re-evaluate the TT concept. The aggressive, razor blade grill is i think a step too far in this design.

3 March 2014
...in the exterior at least. It just looks like a facelift and not an entirely successful one at that - the rear end looks near identical to the current TT and the detailing around the headlights looks fussy. The interior is far more interesting, the inclusion of the climate controls in the air vents looks particularly clever and I presume the navigation screen is integrated in the main instrument cluster. I just hope functionality hasn't been compromised - how for example do I change the radio station? It should only be one press of a button.

5 March 2014
Will86 wrote:
...in the exterior at least. It just looks like a facelift and not an entirely successful one at that - the rear end looks near identical to the current TT and the detailing around the headlights looks fussy. The interior is far more interesting, the inclusion of the climate controls in the air vents looks particularly clever and I presume the navigation screen is integrated in the main instrument cluster. I just hope functionality hasn't been compromised - how for example do I change the radio station? It should only be one press of a button.
+1 I too am disappointed. The design is more like a facelift than anything else. The rear looks a bit botoxed! The front is at least sharper looking. The interior looks minimalist and somewhat interesting. I agree, the vents look like a neat touch. As others have said, a dash of colour would be nice. Black leather has become so overdone. Other interior colours do exist...

4 April 2014
What is wrong with this car?! Interior colors? Do you prefer Chevy Spark's interior with all the purple, green and red? Some cars are built on evolution! The designers don't want to do anything too revolutionary with them because it might be a departure from the original design and hence end up looking no more like a "TT". And, why should they do something too different when the original design was/is so beautiful. It is like complaining that Porsche never changed their designs too much?!

3 March 2014
OMG! It's changed so much. I could hardly recognise it. They moved the Audi emblem from the grille to the bonnet. I'm sure such a vagrant change will be limited to the concept alone and the production model would have the badge back on the grille exactly where it is on the current model.

3 March 2014
The same thing, every single time. Audi is the Phil Collins of car design. Actually, they would take that as a compliment, being German and all.

4 March 2014
This looks nothing more than a facelift of the Mk 2 model, including a slight change to the C-pillar. At least the Mk 2, while recognisable as a TT, looked different from the original model. German car design is lazy, but this is ridiculous. This isn't even evolution, yet alone revolution. And why doesn't the interior have to be so dark and sombre looking, but hey, it is a German car.

4 March 2014
The grille is even worse than normal for an Audi. The Mark 2 was a pastiche of the original. This is a squared off Mark 2. It misses the beauty of the original again. Not trying to make it look like every other Audi would be the first step to getting it right.

5 March 2014
What to say about it, it looks like the last couple of TT designs but with a new angular grille and headlights, that for me don't sit at all well with the heavily curved roof line, rear end and blown out wheel arches. It has reached the age where it's time to abandon this overall design and start from scratch. As for the interior, I see the dash looks like an electronic screen. I wonder if the sat nav, stereo information and everything else will appear on said dash display, certainly an extra screen stuck atop the centre console will look ungainly. If all such information is only in the binnacle then that's nice for the passenger isn't it, "No you can't pick a radio station or put on an MP3 as you can't see what it's doing."

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