Audi Rediscovering TT's Roots

With a redesign just around the corner, Audi's popular TT coupe and convertible will benefit from lightweight construction, more individual styling and a more engaging driving experince.

Audi has never quite hit the target with its TT coupe and convertible as a serious contender to the likes of the Porsche Boxster/Cayman and BMW Z4. While it does have a loyal following and the hard-core TT RS is one heck of a car, Audi is reportedly planning on taking the upcoming third-generation model back to its roots in terms of both design and weight. According to a report coming from Autocar, the "striking Bauhaus style of the first TT" may be revived when the new model arrives in 2014.

The current second-gen car was simply an evolution of that styling but with edgier lines. The 2014 model will be based on VW's new MQB platform that will allow the wheels to be pushed further to the corners, with shorter overhangs, a longer wheelbase and wider tracks. But while the footprint will change, don't expect the overall dimensions to grow significantly. Audi's signature trapezoidal grille is expected to dominate the facia with angular headlights, while the rear will carry the model's trademark rounded styling as well as more pronounced wheel arches. Most importantly, perhaps, is that the new TT will offer a more engaging driving experience.

To help make this happen, the car will go on a bit of diet through the use of more aluminum. Also expect to see both front- and all-wheel drive options remain. The interior will once again be traditional Audi, with high-quality fit and finish throughout. Under the hood will be the latest versions of the 1.8- and 2.0-liter engines now featuring cylinder deactivation. Around 2015 an updated version of the 2.5-liter five-pot TFSI is anticipated to power the next TT RS.

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