The new Audi TT could be set to debut at the Tokyo Motor Show at the end of November, according to the latest rumours.
The story has been given a further boost by the appearance of a single sketch on a Dutch blog website that claims to show the car’s rear.
Our exclusive main image is based on that picture, and shows more clearly what TT fans can expect from the new coupe.
If the original image proves accurate, the rear of the car will combine shapes from the acclaimed 2010 Audi quattro concept, mixed in with more up-to-date detailing from the recent e-tron electric concepts.
Audi is denying that it knows anything about the car, hinting that the focus at Tokyo will be on a five-door version of the A1. Yet Audi chose the Japanese show to reveal a previous TT concept, the Shooting Brake, in 2005.
Under the latest plan, the TT is set to move upmarket. While the current car uses chassis and engine components from the VW Golf, the new model is expected to feature an advanced mixed steel and aluminium chassis.
The original’s front-engined, four-wheel-drive layout would remain, but this move would develop the TT as a Porsche Boxster and Mercedes SLK rival.
Bigger, more powerful engines are planned, including a twin-charged 2.0-litre, offering up to 300bhp. A fully electric version is also under development.
Moving the TT upmarket would allow the VW Group to develop a smaller two-seat roadster, based on the BlueSport concept, which could eventually wear Skoda, SEAT, VW and Audi badges.