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.
Hit the jump to read more about the third generation Audi TT.
Exterior and Interior
We expect some big changes to occur with the third generation Audi TT. Mainly, we expect to see a sportier and aggressive design language inspired by the latest E-tron concept car. Of course, Audi will want to make a differentiate between the TT and the future R4 (or R5 as it is lately rumored to be called), but we still expect to see a new front grille, new headlamps with LED light, and a modified rear.
As for the interior, Audi will offer a new center console design, high quality leather, sports seats, a sport steering wheel, and different aluminum inserts.
The current Audi TT is being built on the Volkswagen’s PQ35 platform – which offers a front engine chassis and front or all wheel drive powertrain, but for the next TT things are going to change a lot.
The Audi TT will be built on an entirely new platform, that will offer a mid-engine configuration. This will help improve both balance and handling.
Under the hood Audi will place the conventional 1.4 liter TSI engine with 186 HP and a 2.0 TDI engine with 170 HP. For the top version model, the TT-RS, expect to see a 350 HP 2.5 five-cylinder engine.
The next Audi TT will not only rival the Nissan 370Z, but also the Porsche Cayman, which by then will also enter the next generation.
When Can I Get One?
The third generation Audi TT is expected to debut in 2014, with sales to begin shortly after.
The 2011 Audi TT is pictured in this article. Images of the third generation Audi TT to follow.