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

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.


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nopiano 6 November 2012

Another vote for 'the

Another vote for 'the original was best' and as said already, it was unique (in the true meaning).

I had a roadster and we loved it, although it was the weedy 150 bhp engine, it was much sweeter than the 225 and cheaper to run.  The handling was Ok, and though not great steering feel it always felt very accurate to place.  The SLK350 we replaced it with never felt as special inside, though it was lots quicker in a straight line.  I actually preferred the cloth top TT to the tin-top SLK too - I always feared something expensive would go wrong, though it never did.

Not sure how it should evolve for a Mark 3 though.  You can't retro such a recent design, and the sketch above looks like any other Audi. Maybe a mini R8 is the answer?


Andrew Lee 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!   

welshwizard645 5 November 2012

biggest injustice is....

continued abuse of the TT name....should have been consigned to history at the same time as the NSU 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....