The Audi TT 2014 is due to be revealed very soon, and we expect the all-new model to be much lighter, with improved efficiency and performance. We've seen the car testing at the Nurburgring in camouflage, but there are no official pictures of the model yet - so our set of spy shots is the best look yet at how the new model will be styled.
The Audi Allroad Shooting Brake, revealed at the Detroit Motor Show in January 2014, gave a better idea of how the new TT will be styled. It seems odd, but you can see the TT cues hidden in the jacked-up design.
The pumped up wheelarches, bold crease running the length of the flanks and even the shape of the rear lights are all a development of those found on the current TT – although Audi’s new, more angular nose and horizontally slatted grille help to keep the styling modern.
There is no official word on when the next Audi TT will be revealed, but we expect the car to be shown for the first time at the Geneva Motor Show in March. The car should launch later on in 2014 if that is the case.
The current TT's price starts from around £24,000, and it's expected to rise a little for the new model, which should start from around £25,000.
Full pictures of the new interior have been revealed, with a fully integrated infotainment system in replacing conventional dials. The pictures were released at the Consumer Electronic Show (CES) in Las Vegas, where Audi CEO Rupert Stadler also revealed the new TT’s 12.3-inch, high-resolution TFT instruments.
Called the Audi virtual cockpit, the tech first debuted in the Quattro concept, but has now been confirmed for the new TT range, which is due to hit showrooms this year. Highlights include a sport, flat-bottomed steering wheel and air vents with a digital temperature readout in the centre.
The new display operates in two modes, toggled by pressing the ‘view’ button on the steering wheel. In Infotainment mode, a central window shows the sat-nav map, or lists your phone contacts or radio stations, while the tachometer and speedometer are minimised out to the right and left-hand sides.
In the Classic view, the middle window is smaller, and the instruments – with black scales, red needles and white numerals – are about as large as those fitted to today’s Audis, so as not to distract or put off driver's used to more conventional dials. It automatically presents the most relevant information, whether you are parking or stuck in a traffic jam.
The next TT will also be the first to use a new generation of Audi's MMI system. It features a completely redesigned menu structure that’s intended to make the system simpler to use. It still features a rotary controller with a touchpad on the top, but Audi says this is now better at recognising gestures. It also understands multi-finger gestures, so you can scroll and zoom as you would on a smartphone.
Overall, the styling will be sharper and more aggressive than the MkI and MkII TTs. Audi has taken inspiration from the e-tron and e-tron Spyder concepts seen at 2010’s Detroit and Paris Motor Shows, as well as more recent show cars such as the Crosslane Coupe 'Q2' concept shown in Paris at the end of last year.
The new Audi TT features a more chiseled front end with slimmer headlights that follow the bonnet's leading edge, and a reshaped two-part grille. It'll share strong design similarities with its predecessor, including a strong crease along the shoulder line and a low, slopping roofline. The rear also appears similar, but it has shrunken taillights and a wider rear screen.
Engineers working on the third-generation TT want to close the handling gap to the Boxster – produced by Audi’s fellow VW Group brand, Porsche. But they aim to do so without affecting the Audi’s reputation for style, luxury and everyday usability.
This will be achieved in a number of ways. Firstly, Audi plans to cut the TT’s kerbweight, which has knock-on benefits for the dynamics, fuel consumption and performance. Under the skin will be the VW Group’s new MQB platform. It uses high-strength hot-formed steel and allows thinner-section members to be employed, giving a stiffer and lighter basic chassis.
Add in a bodyshell made predominantly from aluminium and the new model should be over 60kg lighter than the current car. That brings it down to around 1,200kg – just 35kg more than an A1 1.6 TDI.
Audi recently revealed the TT ultra quattro concept at the Worthersee show in Austria. Based on the current-generation TT it slashes an incredible 300kg from the kerbweight through extensive use of lightweight materials such as carbon-fibre, magnesium, aluminium and titanium. Audi has already hinted that it could point towards a extremely low volume production car, but its unclear whether that will be a run out model for the current car, or use the new 2014 TT as a basis.
Another benefit of the new MQB platform is that the front wheels are moved forward, while the engine stays in the same place. This creates a longer wheelbase, which should improve the ride, plus a shorter front overhang. And it means the engine will be mounted further back between the wheels. The result is better weight distribution and more predictable handling.
Four-cylinder engines will again form the bulk of the line-up, with most TTs sold featuring 1.8 and 2.0-litre TFSI engines ranging from 180bhp to 220bhp. There will also be a cleaner and more powerful version of the existing 168bhp 2.0-litre TDI diesel, capable of over 60mpg.
It’s unclear whether Audi will offer the cylinder deactivation technology seen on the 138bhp A1 Sportback 1.4 TFSI on the larger 1.8 and 2.0 engines, but an engineer told us it was a definite possibility.
At the top of the range, the TT-S will get an all-new 2.0-litre turbo, producing 275bhp and 380Nm of torque. But the TT-RS will stick with a reworked version of its five-cylinder 2.5-litre TFSI, boosted to around 375bhp.
A fabric-roof Audi TT Roadster will follow a few months after the coupe debuts, while a five-cylinder Audi TT-RS with around 375bhp will top the range. Following the blueprint of the TT ultra quattro concept shown earlier this year, a more focused, featherweight TT with a stripped-out cabin and an exotic material mix is also possible. ￼