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Old 02-08-2012, 09:00 AM   #1
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The car that sparked Audi’s Bauhaus-inspired design revolution during the 1990s, the TT, is set to receive a complete makeover in 2014.
The third-generation TT will be “more driver orientated” than the current car, Audi officials say, with the goal of matching the Porsche Boxster.


Audi intends to achieve that target through a combination of new underpinnings for the TT and a programme aimed at reducing its weight below the already competitive 1240kg of today’s base model.
The new TT will continue to offer the choice of both 2+2 coupé and two-seat roadster body styles. The roadster will have a cloth roof and arrive in 2015.

The basis for the new Audi is the new MQB transverse architecture developed in partnership with parent company Volkswagen. The new platform is set to receive its first public airing at the Geneva motor show next month underneath the third-generation A3 — a car with which the new TT will also share selected driveline combinations. As with the current model, both front-wheel drive and four-wheel drive will be offered.
Audi has conceived the new TT around an inner structure that uses a greater percentage of aluminium in the bulkheads and floorpan. It also continues to boast a predominantly aluminium bodyshell.

In line with every TT since it was added to the Audi line-up in 1998, the new car will receive a heavy dose of style. Insiders who have seen the car’s final design describe it as being “more technical looking”. It retains the same basic dimensions as today’s TT (4185mm long, 1840mm wide and 1350mm tall).

Among the design elements we can expect will be Audi’s latest six-corner single-frame grille, slimmer and more angular headlamps with the latest in LED technology and a clamshell bonnet featuring greater contouring. There will also be prominent wheel arch flares, a more defined shoulder line, deeper sculpturing within the doors, a plunging, liftback-style tailgate and a rounded rear end that features an automatically deploying spoiler element.

When the third-generation TT goes on sale in 2014, the planned engine line-up will feature a 1.8 and two different 2.0-litre versions of the Volkswagen Group’s four-cylinder EA888 petrol engine. They are likely to have a new cylinder shutdown mechanism as part of a wide range of fuel-saving measures on the new TT.

They will be joined by a reworked version of Audi’s turbocharged 2.5-litre straight five in a follow-up to the TT RS, due in 2015. Also planned is a diesel TT running a slightly more powerful version of the current 2.0-litre unit, with a new common-rail injection system for greater efficiency.

The base 1.8, less powerful 2.0-litre petrol and 2.0-litre diesel models will come with standard front-wheel drive. The more powerful 2.0-litre and 2.5-litre petrol engines will be offered exclusively with four-wheel drive.a
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Old 02-08-2012, 10:30 AM   #2
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I thought "lowered mini-SUV" the first time I saw this.....I don't know why........
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Old 02-08-2012, 11:25 AM   #3
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The TT continues to look better than the previous model. Audi aiming after Boxster with the TT is a good thing.

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Old 02-08-2012, 01:31 PM   #4
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How does the TT compare to the Nissan Z car or the Infiniti coupe?

When I was looking for a nice daily driver a couple of years ago I thought about a TT but scratched it off my list because Audi strikes me as having a small presence here in the USA, similar to Volvo and Saab.
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Old 02-08-2012, 02:15 PM   #5
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It bothers me how this car starts at $38k and only comes with 200 pathetic hp.
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Old 02-08-2012, 02:36 PM   #6
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It bothers me how this car starts at $38k and only comes with 200 pathetic hp.
At <2700lbs, that's not so pathetic.
Also, the EA888 is around 250hp, and that 2.5l I5 is 340hp. So I'm not sure where you got 200 from.
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Old 02-08-2012, 02:51 PM   #7
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So how does a front engine AWD compete with a mid-engine RWD as a driver's car?
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Old 02-08-2012, 03:26 PM   #8
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At <2700lbs, that's not so pathetic.
Also, the EA888 is around 250hp, and that 2.5l I5 is 340hp. So I'm not sure where you got 200 from.
The standard 2.0T motor, 211 hp / 258 tq
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Old 02-08-2012, 05:31 PM   #9
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How does the TT survive, when Audi is coming up with concept plans like mid-engined R4 coupe and convertible, and longitudinal-AWD Quattro Sport Concept?







Let the TT go... roll it into the mid-engined R4. I am sure they can reverse the AWD third output, to go under the engine, and forward to the front axle. 4-Motion/Haldex becomes Front-axle assist, rather than TT's rear-assist. Still with the same transverse drivetrain, but mounted aft of the seats. Re-styled twin of the RWD and down-market Bluesport VW.

Move the A5 pretty much as-is, a 2-door coupe, grouped with the A6 sedan, and A7 5-door.

Let the Quattro Sport concept come to production in steel, as a 3-door fastback, AWD coupe well under A5's price and weight.
Pair it with a 5-door sedan A4 that is currently called A5 Sportback.
Both of them getting S models, and full-boat RS models.

A3 as a 4-door sedan and 5-door hatch below that, with transverse drivetrain, A1 as it's 2-side-door hatchback chassis companion.
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So how does a front engine AWD compete with a mid-engine RWD as a driver's car?
The last one had more aluminum up front to help with the weight balance. It's never gonna do lurid power slides, but it's a quite capable driver's car.
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To me, this is one of the few cars out there that continues to push the design envelope in a positive direction while keeping every bit of the uniqueness and originality of the original iconic TT, and yes, the original TT is a true icon of automotive design IMO.

There are few cars that have done for automotive design what this car has done in such a short time-span.

There is a concern however, as others have suggested, that Audi might finally be approaching a dangerous level of product overlap with the TT, possible R4, Quattro Sport (if it goes into mass production, not low volume), not to mention Audi's other line-up of Q3/Q5/Q7 - at what point in product development does one model begin to cannibalize sales of other models?
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R4 has been rumored to be cancelled, although I don't see why R4 wouldn't be a better successor to the TT than another transverse front-driver with rear wheel assist.

Quattro Sport concept was supposedly getting considered for a production green light... but no news since, and it has been about a year since it was shown, with huge response.
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Having owned three TT Roadsters (1 1st gen, 2 nd gen) I can say they are nice cars but not in the same league of Cayman/Boxster or 350/70Z. They are still very fun and can bring a big smile on your face.

That R4 and its corporate cousins will probably never see the light of day, nor do I suspect the Quattro couple unfortunately.

The TT model has equity already vs introducing a new model.
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At <2700lbs, that's not so pathetic.
Also, the EA888 is around 250hp, and that 2.5l I5 is 340hp. So I'm not sure where you got 200 from.
WRONG! 2.0T engine on the TT has 211hp.
pretty pathetic for $40k car.
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The standard 2.0T motor, 211 hp / 258 tq
The Golf based Audi's, such as the A3 and TT, have 207hp/210lb. The other 2.0T models have the 211hp/258tq.
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think I found my next new daily lol
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Wow, I wish Audi would make those cars. I'll take one with a 250bhp engine and :gasp: RWD. I would be all over it but it will probably never happen.
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