Take a look at the images again and 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.
Auto Express editor-in-chief Steve Fowler take a look around the car
Hidden in here are lots of clues to new Audi TT - especially the dash! https://t.co/0PNhCqa9fE
— Steve Fowler (@SteveFowler) January 13, 2014
Hinting at the tech that Audi has planned for its future models are lightweight body panels made from aluminium and carbon fibre-reinforced polymer (CFRP). Even the wheels are CFRP.
The interior takes Audi’s clean, simple and high-quality layouts to the next level. The controls for the ventilation, for example, are hidden in the vents themselves, and extend when they sense a hand approaching. In addition, if the driver makes adjustments to the seat, the centre console will move to help keep all the controls within easy reach.
The central display has gone, replaced by a large colour display in front of the driver. This – like most of the interior design – will go into the TT.
Under the skin, the show car is powered by one of Audi’s e-tron electric drivetrains. The plug-in hybrid comprises a 2.0-litre TFSI petrol engine with 288bhp, boosted by a 53bhp electric motor. This drives the front wheels via a six-speed dual-clutch transmission.
On the rear axle is a second electric motor, with 112bhp, which powers the car on its own or with the rest of the drivetrain for full four-wheel drive. Audi says the car can travel 31 miles on electric power at up to 80mph, and return 148.7mpg.