The next-generation Audi TT will get its first diesel engine and a range-topping 280bhp twin-turbo petrol model as the German company looks to build on the phenomenal success of the current car. Audi wants to double the number of TTs it builds to 60,000 per year with the arrival of the Coupé’s replacement in the last quarter of 2006. The diesel version is pencilled in for late 2007 or early 2008. A new Roadster will follow around 12 months behind the Coupé.
The 280bhp twin-turbo version is an development of the blown 200bhp 2.0-litre engine that will appear in the new VW Golf GTi, and will be added to the range in 2007, alongside a base-level 150bhp 2.0-litre. The diesel comes from the Golf’s 138bhp 2.0-litre TDi unit, pushed out to around 160bhp. The two launch models should be a 200bhp turbo 2.0-litre and a 3.2-litre V6, boosted by 5bhp from the current 250bhp.
The car, codenamed AU353, could be unveiled at next September’s Frankfurt Motor Show. Audi is shying away from any radical changes to the now-iconic styling, but will apply the new ‘shield’ company grille. The TT is expected to be based on an aluminium spaceframe chassis with Golf running gear.