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New Audi TT 2014

 

The new Audi TT has been revealed at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show and the third generation sports car from the German brand is set to be both fast and economical. At Geneva, the brand showcased not only a new TT coupe but also a new TT quattro sport concept, a lightweight stripped-out coupe that points towards a customer racing car or a production car which may carry the Clubsport name.

 

The Audi TT styling and tech

 

Overall the styling of the model is sharper and more aggressive, taking inspiration from the e-teon and e-tron Spyder concepts seen at the 2010 Detroit and Paris Motor Shows. It features a more chiselled front end with slimmer headlights that follow the bonnet's leading edge and a reshaped two part grille. The model will feature similarities in design to it's predecessor, including a strong crease along the shoulder line and a low sloping roofline, though the back gains shrunken taillights and a wider rear screen.

 

With aluminium and ultra high strength steels used in construction, the new car is up to 50kg lighter than the MK11 TT and 140kg less than the iconic original.

 

Inside, the new TT gains a new interior which has been fully revised. The wheelbase is 37mm longer and the boot is 13 litres bigger, allowing for more space inside and 305 litres boot space. The heater controls are integrated into the vents and most functions are controlled through the MMI Touch scroll wheel on the TFT display.

 

Dubbed the Audi Virtual Cockpit, the technology first debuted in the Audi Allroad Shooting Brake, though is now confirmed for the new TT. Highlights include a sport flat bottomed steering wheel and air vents with a digital temperature readout in the centre. The new display operates in two modes, Infotainment mode and Classic view, which can be toggled by pressing the 'view' button on the steering wheel. The next generation TT will also feature the new generation of Audi's MMI system.

 

What powers the new Audi TT?

 

The manual front wheel drive 2.0 TDI can accelerate from a standstill to 62mph in 7.2 seconds, with CO2 emissions of 110g/km and a fuel economy of 67.2mpg. If efficiency is less of a priority, there is also the option of a dual clutch quattro 2.0 TFSI which is faster and can go from 0-62mph in 5.3 seconds.

 

Power for the model comes from a range of engines taken from the rest of the Audi and Volkswagen range, including the Golf GTD's 181 brake horse power 2.0 litre diesel and the 227 brake horse power from the GTI.

 

Also fitted is new progressive electro-mechanical steering – this aims to give a more agile feel, and allows Audi to fit self-parking and active lane assist. A new stability control system brakes the inside wheel in corners, has a sport mode that offers a limited amount of wheel slip and can be switched off totally.

 

The official release date has yet to be revealed, though the new Audi TT is expected to go on sale in autumn at a price of around £28,000.