Audi wants to recapture the impact made by the original TT in the design of its third-generation car
3 November 2012

Audi will mix design elements of both the current TT and the original when creating the third-generation car, according to insiders close to the project. The aim, they say, is to recapture some of the distinctiveness and impact of the first-generation car. 

There’s a feeling in some quarters of Audi that the striking Bauhaus style of the first Audi TT - distinguished by a strongly functional shape largely untroubled by ornamentation - should be revived in the next car, which will make its debut as a coupé in 2014, with a roadster arriving the following year.

The latest version of the TT will be based on the new VW Group MQB platform, whose architecture allows for a shorter front overhang and a longer wheelbase relative to the car’s overall length. 

The new TT will have wider tracks, too, but the overall size of the car will be little changed. 

Audi’s latest six-corner grille, more angular headlights and contoured clamshell bonnet will all feature, along with the trademark rounded tail and motorised tail spoiler. It’s believed that the wheel arches will also have greater sculptural emphasis.

The new TT will have a chassis set-up intended to deliver a more engaging drive than the current car’s, Audi’s dynamic target being the Porsche Boxster

To this end, there will be a higher aluminium content in the TT’s structure to further reduce mass. Today’s base model weighs an already competitive 1240kg. 

As now, there will be front-wheel-drive and four-wheel-drive options. 

Engines will include the latest slimmed-down 1.8-litre and 2.0-litre EA888 petrol engines, which will include fuel-saving cylinder deactivation. A mildly updated direct injection 2.0-litre diesel will also be in the line-up. In 2015 a reworked version of the 2.5-litre five-cylinder engine will make its debut in a new high-performance TT RS.  

Inside, Audi is again aiming to set new standards of fit and finish, to maintain the TT’s position as a compact coupé — and roadster — that’s strong on design and sophistication.

Our Verdict

The Audi TT is a car that’s genuinely fun to drive and accessible to all

The Audi TT remains a design icon, and is now a car that’s genuinely fun to drive no matter what engine or trim you choose

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3 November 2012

When the TT was released it looked like nothing else on the market (with the exception maybe of the Beetle to a certain extent) and there for made an impact. That impact is done and can't be done again.

Cyborg

3 November 2012

All the Audis from the era of the original TT, such as the A2, the original A8 and the 1997 A6 had more distinctiveness and impact than today's equivalent models

3 November 2012

The Mk1 TT was so striking because it was so unique.  I actually thought the Mk2 was better looking than the Mk1 albeit it was no longer striking because the Mk1 was so popular. Since then, the Nissan 350z and Pug RCZ have copied some of the TTs traits that the next one will never capture the originality of the Mk1.

Despite being striking, the Mk1 was a dull car to drive. I remember testing the Mk1 around Bedford autodrome and being so unimpressed. The Mk2 was a far better drive so let's hope Audi improve this further.

3 November 2012

Not sure the original spec mk1 TT was "unstable at high speed", per se?

The TT's setup had a pointy front-end and built-in lift-off oversteer, which caused a few accidents in the 'wrong hands'.

Much the same as the 205 GTI, yet the latter's credibility remains intact.

4 November 2012

I'm surprised Audi has left it this late to release the new TT as it looks a bit old fashioned compared to the rest of the range. Has the potential to be a very good car though, especialy if they offer it with the new 184PS 2.0 TDI unit. Frugal, good looking and a good drive - what more could you want?

4 November 2012

Audi would do well to evolve from the current TT as i personally think it more stylish than the original.That the ride and handling was leagues ahead was the icing on the cake

5 November 2012

Flash Harry wrote:

Audi would do well to evolve from the current TT as i personally think it more stylish than the original.That the ride and handling was leagues ahead was the icing on the cake

leagues ahead but still not where it should be... I currently have a TTS, it's a lovely place to be but still nmost he most involving drive... Yes it's fast, but simply going fast isn't rewarding. It's not the sports car Audi would have like us to think it is. It's more GT than sports car. Maybe they'll finally make the TT the focused sports car it could be.

 

5 November 2012

I have never liked the TT, having worked for Audi previously they were overpriced, under-engineered and driven by idiots. The 2nd gen is far too dull. I would rather have an RCZ or even an RCZ-R than a TT....much more fun for less cash.

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5 November 2012

continued abuse of the TT name....should have been consigned to history at the same time as the NSU marque...it has just been tarnished now..

funny though how someone commented on the poor handling of the Golf IV, SWMBO has a 1.6 Auto and it's quite nimble...vastly improved over the Mk 3 which I though was dangerous....

5 November 2012

I totally agree with Cyborg. The original TT was a sort of jeu d'esprit, a fun concept that created its own market. Along with the New Beetle, VW-Audi entered its Future Retro phase. But the TT - unlike the Beetle (and new Mini then 500) - wasn't a pastiche of an old model. Now however Audi has such a corporate look (excepting the R8/10) that it's difficult to see it producing a really distinctive new TT. And the original still looks great - neat, pretty and... original!   

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