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Audi has previewed its new third-generation TT Coupe in a series of official sketches.
The sketches reveal a car that continues to draw heavily on the original Bauhaus design cues of the original model launched in 1998 albeit with reinterpreted detailing aimed at providing it with a more technically-inspired look than ever before.
Key among the changes the Audi design team as brought to the latest TT Coupe is the incorporation of more angular elements, most notably up front. These official sketches reveal newly shaped headlamps, a more prominent single frame grille and larger air ducts among other new details.
In a move aimed at providing it with a closer family resemblance to the mid-engined R8, the four ring Audi emblem has also been repositioned from the upper section of the grille to the leading edge of the new TT Coupe’s re-styled clamshell style bonnet.
Other traditional cues include prominent wheel arch flares, sizeable wheel houses, a defined shoulder line running the entire length of the flanks from the headlamps through to the tail lamps, heavily curved roofline, liftback style tailgate and a horizontal feature line bisecting the tail lamps to provide added visual width at the rear.
As part of efforts to provide it with a more technical appearance, the headlamps and tail lamps carry intricate LED imbued graphics.
Set to debut at the upcoming Geneva motor show prior to Australian sales later this year, the new TT Coupe eschews the platform of today’s second-generation model for more contemporary underpinnings incorporating elements of parent company Volkswagen’s latest MQB (Modularen Querbau – modular transverse architecture) platform.
Details remain scarce ahead of the new two door’s official unveiling but insiders confirm the TT Coupe will continue to use a unique floorpan constructed out of a combination of hot formed high strength steel and aluminium – a development first brought to the second-generation model launched in 2006.
The outer body of the new Audi, which Ingolstadt insiders describe as being close in size to the second-generation TT Coupe, will also use a combination of steel and aluminium in an effort to bring it in below the 1260kg kerb weight of its predecessor.
The suspension continues with a combination of MacPherson struts up front and a multi-link rear set-up, although the adoption of a greater number of aluminium components and a newly developed electro-mechanical steering system is claimed to provide the new car with sharper responses.
The new TT Coupe will once again be powered by a range of transversely mounted turbocharged four-cylinder direct injection gasoline engines. Among the updated units planned are 132kW 1.8-litre and 162kW 2.0-litre versions of the Audi developed EA888 unit in the new TT 1.8 T and TT 2.0 T respectively.
Gearbox choices will include a standard six-speed manual or optional six-speed dual clutch S-Tronic with steering wheel mounted shift paddles. As with the previous two generations of Audi’s style led coupe, buyers will get the choice between standard front-wheel drive and optional four-wheel drive.
Also planned to join the line-up from the beginning of sales is a more powerful 221kW version of the EA888 2.0-litre engine in the new four-wheel drive TT S Coupe. It will be followed in 2015 by a successor to the range topping TT RS running heavily reworked version of the EA855 designated turbocharged 2.5-litre five-cylinder direct injection gasoline engine developing around 265kW and complying to tough new European Union mandated emission regulations set to come into force next year.
A successor to the TT 2.0 TDI is also under development. It is likely to run a 132kW version of Audi’s turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder common rail diesel engine, the EA827 as it is known internally.
Inside, the new TT Coupe will receive a dashboard heavily inspired by that used by the latest A3. Featuring a new 12.3 inch TFT instrument display that can be altered between a digital display and more traditional looking analogue layout, it was revealed at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas last month.
The initial two-plus-two coupe version of the new third-generation TT will be followed by a two seater roadster variant, which is tentatively planned to appear at the Paris motor show in September.
-Fairfax News Australia