• 2014 Audi TT Sportback Concept

    Audi revealed the TT Sportback ahead of its 2014 Paris Auto Show debut; do four doors really work on the TT?
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All that talk about expanding the Audi TT range may have been more than just lip service. It’s certainly looking like Audi’s intentions for the TT are becoming clearer and clearer with the release of the third TT-based concept at the 2014 Paris Motor Show in October. The new concept, called the TT Sportback Concept, follows in the footsteps of the Allroad Shooting Brake Concept and the Offroad Concept, which made their debuts at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show and the 2014 Beijing Motor Show, respectively.

That makes three TT-based concepts to debut this year alone, adding even more credence to increasing sentiment that Audi’s planning to expand the TT line in the future. Sure, the TT is great, but it more of a great thing actually better??

Updated 10/01/2014: The new TT Sportback was unveiled at the 2014 Paris Auto Show. Check the official details after the jump.

Click past the jump to read more about the Audi TT Sportback Concept.

  • 2014 Audi TT Sportback Concept
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  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    400 @ 6400 (Est.)
  • Torque @ RPM:
    331 @ 2400
  • Displacement:
    2.0 L
  • 0-60 time:
    3.9 sec. (Est.)
  • Top Speed:
    155 mph (Est.)
  • Price:
    50000 (Est.)
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The TT Sportback Concept is yet another step in a new direction with the TT "brand." This concept resembles the base TT Coupe, but a closer examination exposes a car that is drastically different that its two-door, production sibling.

Up front the TT Sportback has a revised fascia that features a slightly widened Singleframe grille that features a dark-chrome honeycomb insert in the place of the horizontal bars on the TT Coupe. This helps broaden the Sportback and give it a tougher appearance than the Coupe while still retaining the sporty nature of the TT.

Other changes up front include a set of revised laser headlights that follow the grille surround with an inward angle on their inner edges as opposed to the outward angle of the Coupe’s headlights. These laser headlights activate at speeds just above 37 mph to boost nighttime vision. The front apron is also totally redesigned, as it features a it features a one-piece lower air intake with a splitter that loops around on each end of the intake. This one-piece grille and splitter really add to the widening effect Audi was shooting for with this concept.

From the side, the TT Sportback Concept sets itself apart from the TT Coupe in clearer ways. The most obvious distinguishing characteristic is the extra set of doors. Additionally, the roof is stretched and slightly flattened to give the extra space needed for the rear doors and rear-passenger headroom. The C-pillars are also pushed rearward just a touch, and meet the rear quarters of the car a little further back than on the TT Coupe.

Around back the changes are equally obvious, as the way the lip of the trunk meets the rear fascia almost resembles that of the A7. Additionally, the taillights are modified to better match the headlights and feature a connecting piece that strikes through the Audi four-ring logo. These one-piece taillights include vertical separators that borrow their design from the R18. The bumper is also wholly different, thanks to a body line that swoops down from the taillights and underlines the license plate area. The bumper also houses new-look, oval exhaust pipes inside a dare-I-say "tacky" insert.

The TT Sportback measures 4.47 meters (176 inches) long, 1.89 meters (74.4 inches) wide and 1.38 meters (54.3 inches) tall. This new body rides atop a 2.63-meter (92.9-inch) wheelbase. These dimensions make the TT Sportback 11.4 inches longer, 2.4 inches wider and 1.2 inches shorter in height than the TT Coupe. It also has a 4.7-inch longer wheelbase than the TT Coupe to make more room for the rear seats.

Overall, I think that Audi didn’t do a terrible job at turning the TT Coupe into a five-door Sportback, but I feel the TT is best left in its two current designs: coupe and roadster.

2016 Audi TT Coupe

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Exterior Dimensions

Length 4,470 MM (14.7 ft)
Width 1,890 MM (6.2 ft)
Height 1,380 MM(4.5 ft)
Wheelbase 2,630 MM (8.6 ft)


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The TT Sportback’s cabin looks like a great place to spend some time. Much like the TT Coupe, the TT Sportback features a 2+2 seating configuration, but unlike the Coupe, the rear seats in the Sportback seem to have bearable amounts of headroom.

The seats are wrapped in soft, diamond-quilted leather in a parchment color, while the bolsters are trimmed in a dark-grey leather. The dashboard and upper door trims are slathered in grey leather as well. This two-tone look adds a touch of sportiness and class to the TT’s cabin. Speaking of top-grade materials, the shoulders of the doors are covered in Alcantara.

Technology-wise, Audi didn’t reveal too much. We did learn that the TT Sportback has the newest 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster that replaces the bulky MMI monitor. The driver can control the digital cluster using buttons on the steering wheel. Alternatively, the driver can control the cluster using the MMI terminal or the touchpad on the rotary push-button with finger gestures.

On a whole, the TT Sportback’s cabin is very similar to the TT Coupe’s cabin, save for a few tech upgrades and more premium materials. It is simple, clean and functional; just the way Audi cabins are supposed to be.


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Under the hood of the TT Sportback is a familiar sight in the 2.0-liter TFSI engine. But this isn’t the same 211-horsepower engine you’ll find in the TT Coupe; rather, this engine puts out an outlandish 400 horses at 6,400 revs and 332 pound-feet of twist between 2,400 and 6,000 rpm. Just north of idle — 1,900 rpm to be precise — this 2.0-liter engine can put down 221 pound-feet of torque, resulting in incredible launches and easy access to the powerband.

This 2.0-liter TFSI underwent huge upgrades to reach these outstanding numbers. The mods include aluminum pistons with integrated cooling channels, an ultra-high-strength steel crankshaft, a free-flowing cylinder head, and a revised turbocharger that produces 1.8 bar (26.1 PSI) of relative boost pressure.

The power hits the pavement after traveling through a seven-speed S tronic transmission that swaps cogs in hundredths of a seconds and Audi’s quattro AWD system. To help balance out the weight, Audi repositioned the quattro system’s electronically controlled multi-plate clutch on the rear axle.

This drivetrain allows the Audi TT Sportback Concept to hit 62 mph in just 3.9 seconds. Great performance isn’t all this concept hangs its hat on, as it also delivers 33.6 U.S. mpg and emits only 162 grams of CO2 per km.


Type 2.0 TFSI
Output 400 HP @ 6,400 RPM
Torque 331.9 LB-FT @ 2,400 - 6,000 RPM
Fuel consumption 7.0 l/100 km (33.6 US mpg)
CO2 emissions 162 gr/km
0 to 100 km/h (62.1 mph) 3.9 seconds


BMW 5 Series

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Wouldn’t it be cool if Audi decided to build a production version of the TT Sportback Concept and line it up against the BMW 5 Series. I don’t know how jealous the A6 would be, but a production TT Sportback Concept would be a fresh competitor to the BMW stalwart.

The current 5 Series didn’t feature a whole lot of styling improvements in its latest facelift. But it did get a new engine, albeit a relatively small one at that.

But that’s not the 5 Series version I see as capable of competing against a production TT Sportback Concept. If the 400-horsepower output on the Audi concept makes it to production, it would make for a sweet competitor to another 5 Series version, the 550i.

The top-of-the-line 5er is powered by a 4.4-liter V-8 that produces in excess of 450 horsepower and 442 pound-feet of torque. That allows the 550i to sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just five seconds with a top speed that is limited to 155 mph.

The BMW 5 Series 550i retails for $64,825 for the standard configuration and $67,125 for the xDrive model.

Jaguar XF

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Under its current configuration, the Jaguar XF doesn’t look like a suitable competitor to the TT Sportback Concept. But since Jaguar’s already planning for a new-look XF by 2017, that could be the time when these two models stare each other down. That would be a sight to behold and one that I’m willing to pay to see.

For now, though, the current XF continues to gain traction as a midsize luxury sedan while the TT Sportback Concept is still in its prototype stage without any concrete plans of production anytime soon.

The XF currently has an impressive look that’s a lot better than what it used to be. Under its hood, it comes packed with a meaty, 5.0-liter, V-8 engine that produces 385 horsepower, enough power to sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just 5.5 seconds to go with a top speed of 155 mph.

A more powerful version of the XF comes with the same 5.0 V-8 albeit modified to produce 510 horsepower and a 0-to-60-mph time of just 4.7 seconds.


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I am a huge fan of the TT Coupe and Roadster, so one would think that I would love any TT Concept. Well, that’s not the case. While I love the idea of expanding the TT lineup, I feel making it into a sedan is a tad over the top. One with a higher ride height would be great for soft-roading and a track-ready model would be great too, but there is no argument for a four-door TT.

Having said that, there are some parts of this concept that I love. The 400-horsepower engine is nothing short of amazing; the cabin is stunning; and that new front apron design is pretty sharp. There are certainly some good points here, Audi, but on a whole the TT Sportback is a flop in my book.

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    • Four doors just don’t look right on the TT
    • Looks too A7-like from the back end
    • Seems as if the designers mailed it in when creating the exhaust pipes
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Press Release

A speedy sports car with four seats and five doors – Audi is presenting the TT Sportback concept at the Paris Motor Show. The exterior of the show car invokes the design idiom of the classic TT*, developing it into a new, elongated sculpture. It is driven by a high-powered 2.0 TFSI engine that delivers 294 kW (400 hp).

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“With the TT, Audi created one of the automotive design icons of the last 20 years,” says Prof. Dr. Ulrich Hackenberg, Audi Board Member for Technical Development. “In the years since, we have designed our sporty and elegant five‑door Audi A5 Sportback* and Audi A7 Sportback*. In our Audi TT Sportback concept show car, we are now fusing both concepts to form a new member of a potential TT family.”

The Audi TT Sportback concept captivates with the power of 294 kW (400 hp) that flows through a seven-speed S tronic to the quattro permanent all‑wheel drive. The sprint from 0 to 100 km/h (62.1 mph) takes just 3.9 seconds. The sophisticated suspension and the low center of gravity ensure dynamic handling, and the body integrates a number of lightweight aluminum components. A laser spot that complements the LED high beam is featured in each of the headlights – this innovation from Audi significantly boosts safety when driving in the dark.

The Audi virtual cockpit dominates the elegantly designed interior of the show car, with the 12.3‑inch screen replacing the conventional instruments and the MMI monitor. The screen provides top-quality graphics and enables the driver to choose between multiple display levels. In the MMI terminal, the rotary push-button features a touchpad that is used to enter characters and gestures as with a smartphone. The operation of the climate control has been relocated to the air vents.

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Exterior design
The five-door Audi TT Sportback concept is 4.47 meters (14.7 ft) long, 1.89 meters (6.2 ft) wide, and 1.38 meters (4.5 ft) high, featuring a wheelbase of 2.63 meters (8.6 ft). Compared with the new production TT, it is 29 centimeters (11.4 in) longer, 6 centimeters (2.4 in) wider and has a 12 centimeter (4.7 in) larger wheelbase; its height is 3 centimeters (1.2 in) less than that of the new TT.

Featuring Mars red paintwork, the body is a statement of powerful elegance: High-precision lines border athletically domed surfaces, and a flat greenhouse is positioned on a powerful body. The design makes use of the Audi TT’s formal idiom to develop a new sporty and elongated sculpture that is highly taut.

The distinctive horizontal lines at the front end of the new Audi TT Sportback concept reinforce the broad and sporty look. Bearing the quattro badge on its lower edge, the Singleframe grille is flatter and wider than on the two‑door coupe and features a honeycomb grille insert with a resplendent dark aluminum look.

The lateral borders of the Singleframe are continued across the hood as swage lines, giving it a sporty contour. Typically for Audi, the design forms a coherent whole, with all the lines and surfaces of the show car being linked to one another in a logical manner.

The front of the Audi TT Sportback concept has another characteristic feature in the form of the large, striking air inlets. Framed by pronounced edges, the air inlets have the look of individual structures and feature honeycomb inserts that fill their interior. A third, flat inlet underneath the Singleframe connects them to each other. The blade that gives the Singleframe structure sharpens the look of the show car whilst boosting the aerodynamics.

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Another typical TT design feature are the newly designed headlights with separators that demonstrate a unique daytime running light signature. On the Audi TT Sportback concept, the high-beam spot is provided by laser technology – in each headlight, a module comprising four powerful diodes generates a beam of light that illuminates several hundred meters. The laser spot, which is activated at 60 km/h ( 37.3 mph) and above, supplements the LED high beam. For the driver, this is a significant boost to visibility and safety; a camera is used to detect and blank out other road users.

The lighting concept is rounded out by the indicator with a dynamized display that is also used in the LED rear lights. It comprises a series of individual diodes that light up one after the other from the inside to the outside, indicating the direction selected by the driver.

The side view of the four-seater show car is a particularly striking indication of the close relationship between it and the production TT. The Audi TT Sportback concept sits powerfully on the road and features short overhangs. The wide semicircles of the wheel arches, each of which protrudes by 3 centimeters (1.2 in), have a superimposed look. The front semicircle defines the edge of the hood, which runs as a sharp tornado line across the doors and to the rear end.

The trim of the side sill, which connects the wheel arches to one another, also has a broad and sporty appearance. In classic sports car style, the exterior mirrors and their angular housings are positioned on the door top shoulders. The right side part houses the circular filler cap, another classic TT icon.

The strong shoulders of the powerful vehicle body support a low greenhouse that is elongated towards the rear. This is in keeping with the Sportback line as implemented by Audi in its A5 and A7 model series. The flat C‑pillar flows elegantly into the shoulder, and the rear has a compact and sleek look. The highly rounded corners of the rear window are a homage to the original TT.

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The rear of the Audi TT Sportback concept is also focused and sculptural, with five horizontal lines emphasizing its width. The one-piece rear lights – which also include vertical separators inspired by the R18 – form independent structures. These are linked to one another by the handle edge of the luggage compartment, which constitutes a powerfully contoured continuous trim. The surface that bears the number plate is located in the shadow of the spoiler lip. The two large elliptical tailpipes of the exhaust system are embedded in the diffuser and linked by a trim.

The driver and the passengers enter the Audi TT Sportback concept through doors with frameless window panes. The interior fits around them with the precision of a sporty suit. In the interior, the uncompromising sportiness of the Audi TT meets the functionality of a five‑door sedan. This is underlined by slimline applications on the dashboard and doors, as well as a long center console which continues through the entire interior. Handworked seams run along the center console and top shoulder from the front through to the luggage compartment, lending a sporty elegance to the interior. The headlining also features an elegant contour that accentuates the length of the interior. The super sport seats with the integrated head restraints are sharply contoured and highly adjustable.

There is space for two people in the rear, likewise on individual seats with integrated head restraints. They are separated by functional storage compartments and a comfortable armrest. The backrests can be folded down so that large objects can also be stowed in the luggage compartment beneath the tailgate.

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The sinewy, taut lines created by the Audi designers in the interior of the show car are closely oriented to those of the production TT. When viewed from the top, the instrument panel resembles the wing of an airplane and the five round air vents are reminiscent of jet engines. The controls for the seat heating, air recirculation, temperature, distribution and strength of the air flow are located on their axes. The omission of the classic air conditioning control panel and the MMI monitor has made it possible to design the instrument panel within a sleek and light architecture that is fully focused on the driver.

The Audi virtual cockpit, the digital instrument cluster, replaces the conventional physical displays and the central MMI monitor. The driver can switch to the 12.3‑inch display at multiple levels in order to view top quality graphics. The system is operated via the multifunction steering wheel or the MMI terminal. The touchpad located on the round rotary push-button is used to enter characters and also processes multiple finger gestures – the driver can zoom in on the map as they would on a smartphone.

In keeping with the character of sporty elegance, the interior of the Audi TT Sportback concept is defined by the use of high-quality materials. The instrument panel and the upper area of the door trims are dark granite gray in color. The door armrests, the center console and the seats see the use of a new soft leather in parchment beige – this is processed for a particularly near-natural look and has a silky sheen. The door top shoulder is upholstered in Alcantara, parchment beige. The seat upholstery features a diamond pattern. The side bolsters of the seats are trimmed with special accent strips in dark gray leather that are fixed with red thread using a special stitching technique.

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The instrument panel and the door trims contain decorative surfaces with a dark aluminum look. Further accents in this look are provided by the clasps on the sides of the seats and the trim rings on the air vents. The color and material concept is rounded out by black floor mats made from the rubberized material that also covers the floor of the luggage compartment.

The 2.0 TFSI engine in the Audi TT Sportback concept captivates with its performance characteristics: It generates 294 kW (400 hp) at 6,400 rpm, with a specific output of 147 kW (200 hp) per liter of displacement. The four‑cylinder engine puts 450 Nm (331.9 lb‑ft) of torque on the crankshaft between 2,400 and 6,000 rpm, with over 300 Nm (221.3 lb‑ft) already available at just 1,900 rpm. The high-performance engine limits fuel consumption to an average of 7.0 liters per 100 kilometers (33.6 US mpg). This equates to CO2 emissions of 162 grams per kilometer (260.7 g/mi).

As a member of the Audi EA 888 engine family, there is a comprehensive package of high-end technology on board for the turbocharged direct-injection unit. The camshaft adjustment on the intake and exhaust sides and the Audi valvelift system, which varies the stroke of the exhaust valves in two stages, ensure good filling of the combustion chambers. At part load, indirect injection complements the FSI direct injection. The exhaust manifold embedded in the cylinder head is an important component of the thermal management. The flow of coolant is managed by a powerful rotary slide module.

In order to generate the high power output, the 2.0 TFSI has undergone profound modifications, including special aluminum pistons with an integrated cooling channel and a crankshaft made from ultra-high-strength forged steel. The crankcase consists of a new, high-strength casting alloy and the cylinder head has been designed for the increased gas flow rate. The turbocharger has also been redeveloped and builds up a maximum relative boost pressure of 1.8 bar. It contains a mixed flow turbine wheel that is noted for its particularly fast start-up performance.

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When driving, the four-cylinder unit’s extreme dynamics are breathtaking. The turbocharged direct-injection engine accelerates the Audi TT Sportback concept from 0 to 100 km/h (62.1 mph) in 3.9 seconds, demonstrating excellent response characteristics and running at 7,200 rpm up to the maximum rated speed. The sporty sound is made even more resonant as the load and engine speed increase.

The force of the engine flows into a compact seven-speed S tronic with a three-shaft layout that performs direct gear changes in a few hundredths of a second. The driver can let the dual-clutch transmission operate in two automatic programs or take control using the paddles on the steering wheel.

Power is delivered to the road via quattro permanent all‑wheel drive. For optimal weight distribution, the hydraulically actuated and electronically controlled multi-plate clutch is located on the rear axle. The quattro drive actively controls the distribution of torque between the axles in milliseconds, thus adding to the car’s dynamic handling.

The suspension also reflects the technological expertise behind the Audi TT Sportback concept. The front suspension is based on a McPherson system; aluminum components reduce the weight of the unsprung chassis masses. The four-link rear suspension can process the longitudinal and transverse forces separately.

The large wheels have a 21‑inch diameter and a tire format of 255/30. The four brake discs in 18‑inch format feature a weight-saving wave design.

The Electronic Stabilization Control (ESC) adds the final touch to the handling. A sub-function of the ESC is enabled at the cornering threshold – through minimal application of the brakes at the wheels on the inside of the curve, which are reduced of load, the wheel-selective torque control diverts the drive torque to the wheels on the outside of the curve. For the driver, this means a further boost in terms of neutrality, stability and traction.

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The body plays a leading role in the lightweight construction concept of the Audi TT Sportback concept on the basis of the modular transverse matrix (MQB). The entire front section is made from steel. The passenger compartment floor comprises high-strength, hot-shaped steel components which, thanks to their outstanding strength properties, feature thin walls and are correspondingly light. The compartment’s structure, the outer skin, and the doors and lids are made of the classic Audi semi-finished aluminum products cast node, extruded profile and sheet metal.

With its composite concept, the body represents the latest evolution of the Audi Space Frame (ASF). Its hybrid construction ensures that the show car has a low center of gravity – ideal for sporty driving.

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