Details and a rumoured release date for the 2014 Audi TT are doing the rounds, courtesy of Auto Express, just as Audi’s new TT was caught lapping the Nurburgring in Germany.
The images reveal a more aggressive look than its predecessors, partly thanks to slimmer headlights, while a now two-part grille elongates the already long bonnet. At the back the rear lights are smaller and the rear-windscreen is bigger.
On the inside, Auto Express expects the new TT to have a more luxurious cabin, with ‘tactile leather and chunky aluminium trim’ encompassing an 8-inch infotainment touchscreen display.
Audi will improve hooning potential by putting the new TT on a diet. This will be achieved by using VW Group’s MQB platform, which uses high-strength steel that is stiffer yet lighter than its predecessor, and an aluminium body shell.
All of that should add up to a kerb weight expected to be around 1,200kg ─ 60kg less than the current TT and 120kg less than the class-leading Porsche Boxster S. That should result in better handling, efficiency and performance.
There will be a fair few engines to choose from, including 1.8- and 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrols and a 2.0-litre TDI diesel said to offer improved performance and efficiency. A 275bhp 2.0-litre turbo with 380Nm of torque should prove tempting for petrolheads, while the mentally insane can opt for a reworked 2.5-litre TT-RS, which should produce around 375bhp. Hairdresser’s what?
Audi will follow up with a convertible, fabric roof-adorned version a few months after the coupe makes its expected debut at the Geneva Motor Show.
The current Audi TT starts at £24,000 so it’s likely the new TT will be similarly priced.
2014 Audi TT spy shots
Source and images: Auto Express