Audi has given us a sneak peak at the third-generation Audi TT by releasing two official sketches and a slightly murky pic of the all-new model. The wraps will come off the TT at the Geneva Motor Show, with these sketches illustrating the new model will adopt an evolutionary styling approach – retaining the familiar TT shape, with styling cues borrowed from the range-topping R8 supercar.
The official sketches closely resemble an artist’s illustration (see gallery) Auto Express commissioned of what the next-gen TT would look like. Immediate changes can be seen over the outgoing model with the restyled front end, shaped to give a more aggressive and tougher look. The reshaped grille, slimmer LED headlights and chiselled bonnet have all been inspired by the R8 supercar and e-tron concept.
Other subtle changes include the four-ring Audi logo, which now sits above the front grille, and a more pronounced crease along the shoulder line, giving more emphasis to the flared wheel arches.
While there are no sketches of the interior, Audi has already released images and details of the revolutionary cabin the new TT will adopt. A fully integrated 12.3-inch infotainment system will replace the conventional dial cluster, relaying all data directly back to the driver. Other features include a new flat-bottomed steering wheel and air vents with a digital temperature readout.
Audi will also comprehensively rework the TT’s driving dynamics by shedding weight, helping close the performance gap to the Porsche Boxster. Under the skin Audi’s new MQB platform will for the basis for the new model, while a bodyshell predominantly crafted out of aluminium should help cut 60kg from the kerbweight. The MQB platform also allows the front wheels to move forward without affecting the positing of the engine, which helps improves ride quality and handling.
There’s no official word on what engines the third-gen TT will use but the bulk of engine options are likely to be made up of four-cylinder motors. Power will range from around 180bhp to 220bhp, while more efficient and cleaner diesel engines should also be offered. At the top of the range, the TT-S will be powered by an all-new 275bhp 2.0-litre turbo, with the TT-RS to use a reworked version of the five-cylinder 2.5-litre TFSI, expected to develop around 375bhp.
More technical details and the car itself will be revealed at Geneva next month. Expect a slightly inflated price tag of around £25,000 when the TT arrives in showrooms later this year.