The smallest car in Audi’s lineup, the Audi TT (Tourist Trophy), started its life back in 1998 after being previewed by a first concept car in 1995. The second generation TT was then unveiled 8 years later - in 2006 - and was still offered in both coupe and roadster versions. Now, we hear that the third generation Audi TT will be unveiled in 2014, following the eight year pattern set by the first and second generations. This generation will debut as a coupe version with a roadster set to follow a few months later.
The first details on the car suggest that it will be nearly as long and wide as the current type, but the chassis and engines will be the same as the future R4, most likely a 186 hp 1.4 TSI and a 2.0 TDI unit with 170 hp.
UPDATE 11/19/11: The next-generation Audi TT may be unveiled in concept form sooner than we thought. According to Audiblog.nl, the Audi TT Concept could very well make its debut at the Tokyo Motor Show, following in Audi’s tradition of holding that specific show to introduce their popular TT line. It also appears that we may have the first look at the next-generation TT in the form of a sketch drawing of the car’s rear end. Judging by the look of the concept, it appears that Audi may have done a good job in drawing inspiration from some of its existing models, including the R8 and the E-Tron Concept.
UPDATE 02/09/2012: British magazine AutoCar is offering new details on the next generation TT sports car. The new TT will be built on Volkswagen’s new MQB transverse architecture that will be used in the new generation A3. With the new generation, Audi will be focusing on making the car lighter and more driver orientated. The list of exterior changes will include the latest six-corner single-frame grille, slimmer and more angular headlamps, prominent wheel arch flares, a more defined shoulder line, and a rounded rear end. The engine line-up will include a new 1.8-liter engine and two different 2.0-liter four-cylinder engines. The coupe version will arrive in 2014 and the roadster will arrive in 2015.
UPDATE 02/28/2012: A mule of the next generation Audi TT has been caught testing for the first time.
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The history of the TT (Tourist Trophy) started in 1995 when Audi unveiled the first concept at the 1995 Frankfurt Motor Show. It would be a full three years before the market would be introduced to the production model in 1998, but when that happened, it arrived in both coupe and roadster versions. The first generation remained active until 2006, when the company released the second generation TT for the 2007MY.
Compared to the first generation TT, the model unveiled in 2006 featured a completely redesigned exterior, a switch from the Volkswagen Group PQ34 platform to the PQ35, and new, improved engines. At the launch, the TT MK2 was offered with a choice of two inline four-cylinder engines and a V6 carried over from the previous model, but in the years that have followed since then, Audi has enriched the line-up with even more engine choices to satisfy the market.
For the most part, the second generation TT has remained unchanged, but the past couples of years have brought on some tweaks to freshen up the car’s look. In 2011, the TT was given a more powerful bumper, larger air inlets with three-dimensional, sharp edges, and fog lights set in chrome rings. Under the hood, Audi placed new technologies that allowed improved fuel consumption. For 2012, Audi has decided to offer the TT-RS version on the US market, which is enough of a change to warrant some attention.
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We don’t usually get caught up in the overtaking of roles in the auto industry - for example, this Design Chief now working for rival company - but it looks like we may have to pay a bit closer attention from now on. In the new image of Audi ’s new Brand Design Chief, Wolfgang Egger, there appears to be a blurry front end of what may be the future generation Audi TT.
We know Audi is hard at work providing facelifts for all of their major models before cranking out the new generations of all in a couple of years’ time, but we never thought we may be able to get a quick glance at the future through an employee photo. The 2014 Audi TT was rumored to appear in concept form first at the Tokyo Auto Show, but it is now believed that the vehicle will show its face in Geneva. The blurry front end in this image looks to have the current TT’s nose, but the sloping headlights look to be a bit more elongated and the detailing of the lower fascia was altered.
Look, this may be a model of the current TT that is so blurry, it’s causing us to see things that aren’t there, but we’re betting on the fact that we’re looking at a work in progress. A work that may turn into the Audi TT Concept on the 2012 Geneva Auto Show floor. Only time will tell.
Audi began updating their model lineup with the A5 family and will continue to do so with every other model they are offering. Even the R8 sports car will be updated, as will the TT right before the new generation is revealed at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show.
With a new generation Audi TT on the horizon, don’t expect any drastic changes to take place. Just as with the A5, changes made to the TT will be limited to minor exterior and interior updates. There will be the same re-sculptured lights on the front and rear of the car with "wave-like" LED headlamps, a modified front grille, a redesigned front bumper with larger air intakes, a new rear bumper, a new electromechanical steering, new damper settings, and a revised rear suspension.
No changes will be made under the hood, so we’ll see the same range of three four-cylinder engines with turbocharging and direct fuel injection. Power outputs range from 160 HP - 211 HP. All the engines are mated to either a six-speed manual transmission or a S tronic dual clutch transmission as an option. Of course, anyone looking to get a more powerful Audi TT should just wait around for the TT-RS Plus set to be released in 2013.
It was only a month ago that Kahn Design unveiled the TR8 - an Audi TT inspired by the R8 sports car. Now the tuner is releasing another package called the TT GT that promises a more powerful driving experience. It still involves an Audi TT dressed up like an R8, but this time the tuner focused on replicating the R8 GT.
The Audi TT was redone with new front and back vented bumpers with mesh inserts and a new front grille that mirror the ones found on the R8. The R8 style side blades and billet steel finish door mirrors that are instantly recognizable on the R8 were also put in to transform the TT, as were the rear spoiler and stainless steel quad exhaust system. The modifications continue on the interior with a Kahn Speedo, rev counter, and ivory quilted leather interior with red stitching.
So far this tuning kit has followed the same pattern as Kahn’s previous package, but they did promise a better driving experience so more was definitely added. The Audi TT GT was hooked up with sports lowered suspension springs, a front lower bumper lip in billet steel finish, and a new set of 20 -inch RSV alloy wheels.
So, if you have an Audi TT and are thinking of upgrading, an R8 look-a-like would most certainly be the way to go. For an extra £19,875 - or about $31,750 at the current exchange rates - you too could be driving an R8. Well, sort of.
Judging this tuning package on the project name alone would lead anyone to believe that Project Kahn had worked on another kit for the Audi R8. Take a close look at the images provided and any Audi lover will tell you that this is simply not the case. Although the vehicle you see before does come with the face of an R8, the body actually belongs to its younger brother, the Audi TT
The TR8 project seems to be the kind of project that could provide any TT owner a chance to look like a baller without actually spending the cash needed to back it up. The package started with a 2.0 FSI Audi TT and then escalated with the use of new front and back vented bumpers with mesh inserts and a new front grille fashioned to look like the ones found on the R8. What really makes the tuning package are the R8 style side blades that we guess, at a quick glance, can make a small number of people think they just saw an R8 go by. Other additions to the exterior are a new rear spoiler, a stainless steel quad exhaust system, sports lowered suspension springs, and a front lower bumper lip and door mirrors in a billet steel finish to match the dark gray exterior paint of the Audi. The shiny factor is taken care of with a new set of 20" RSV alloy wheels. For further customization, the TR8’s interior can be altered using a complete bespoke interior design service available to suit individual tastes.
A lot of work was put into the exterior of the car, but that’s where the similarities - if you can really call them that - to the R8 end. The TR8 is simply all bark and no bite with only 200 HP and 207lb-ft of torque coming out of the 2.0L FSI TT engine which is a far cry from the R8’s 430 HP and 317 lb-ft of torque.
Next to the A3 Concept, Audi also brought the Urban Mobility to the Geneva Motor Show. The Urban Mobility is a research project that can perform maneuvers safely, even without the driver. Based on the TTS, this project has been created at the Volkswagen Group Automotive Innovation Laboratory (VAIL) in Palo Alto (California).
The computer hardware in the TTS research vehicle is not significantly more complex than that found in a standard laptop. At present, two computers, located in the trunk, are used on the vehicle. One runs safety-related algorithms using Oracle’s Real Time Java (Java RTS) and the other runs vehicle dynamics algorithms. These algorithms enable the TTS to respond superbly on a variety of surfaces, at different speeds and under varying conditions. The differential GPS system is able to keep the TTS to within around two centimeters from the center line of a normal road.
Compared to Audi’s previous TT Pikes Peak, this version uses electronics that help the driver to avoid hazardous situations encountered in the mixture of asphalt and gravel surfaces.
Audi is tossing out a line in the shape of a new concept car to see whether or not its customers will bite. This new concept is called the GT4 and is based on the TT sports model. Production for the GT4 concept is planned for the 2012 model year with sales starting at 120,000 Euro on both European and Asian markets.
The TT GT4 features a motorsport body with a roll-over cage and a safety-optimized fuel tank box, as well as other modifications appropriate for an affordable motorsport vehicle. The exterior sees the front apron, rear apron, and the rear wing borrowed from the Audi TT RS. The new hood, doors, and trunk lid are all made of CFRP while the windows are made of plastic.
Audi has equipped the GT4 with a TFSI engine producing about 340hp. This is handled by an S-tronic transmission with a differential lock and a modified production suspension with adjustable dampers. The vehicle is finished off with 9.5 x 18 inch light alloy wheels.
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Audi has unveiled today a new version of the Autonomous Audi TTS Pikes Peak, the car that can drive itself. The new TTS Pikes Peak will make its first high-speed test runs up Pikes Peak in Colorado this fall.
The Autonomous Audi TTS Pikes Peak is based on a street-ready Audi TTS sports car. An Audi TTS was chosen due to its native systems. The drive-by-wire throttle and a semiautomatic DSG gearbox were a good fit with the electronics that allow the car to drive without human input.
The design of the TTS Pikes Peak was inspired by the rally car themes from the 1980s.
“We were very much inspired by the Pikes Peak race cars,” noted Raul Cenan, Lead Designer on the TTS project. “But there was very different technology used in those cars overall. So we decided to go with more modern elements that were heritage-inspired.“
The hardware added to the TTS is really no different than any laptop computer. The car currently uses two computers in its trunk – one running safety critical algorithms using Oracle’s Real Time Java (Java RTS) and the other running vehicle dynamics algorithms. The two sets of algorithms are what enable the TTS to drive at the limits of handling on a variety of surfaces, speeds and conditions.
The differential GPS system keeps the TTS within two centimeters of its mark on a normal course. Since Pikes Peak is anything, but normal, the research team would like to get that number down to one meter.
The Audi TTS Pikes Peak will also be attempting a Guiness Book of World Record as it makes a land speed attempt at the El Mirage Lake dry-lake bed in southern California or another nearby location in the Fall as well as attempting fastest speed in an autonomous vehicle.
UPDATE 11/19/2010: The Autonomous Audi TTS Pikes Peak has climbed Pikes Peak. Hit the jump for the details!
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History is about to be made. Audi of America has announced that they will be making their first ever appearance at the SEMA Show in Las Vegas. Not only will they be attending the soirée, but they will also be bringing six models to put on display, including the Autonomous Audi TTS Pikes Peak and the Audi R8 Custom Spyder by STaSIS Engineering equipped with a 710 HP supercharged engine.
"We’re thrilled to be a part of the SEMA experience, and look forward to turning heads with our vehicles, demonstrations, and a sophisticated lineup of After Sales and electronics products that enhance connectivity and entertainment," said David Tait, Audi’s lead After Sales executive and spokesman on the SEMA project." You read that right. Audi will be bringing a slew of products along with their vehicles to take full advantage of their maiden voyage to the City of Lights.
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