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After seven years on the market, the second-gen Audi TT is due to give way to a brand-new model that, by the looks of these spy shots, won't stray too far from the car's original shape. While details are obscured by comprehensive camouflage, the shape is clear and that rear-end instantly recognizable as belonging to the TT. Audi intends to build the new TT on the modular MQB platform that underpins the A3 and VW Golf in order to save substantial weight over its predecessor.
The carmaker anticipates it will be at the forefront of its sports car class having benchmarked it against the likes of the BMW Z4, Mercedes SLK and Peugeot RC-Z. In the US, Audi will sell three TT variants. The standard model will be powered by a 220-hp 2.0-liter turbo-four unit, the TTS will be motivated by the same engine tuned to 300 hp, and the TT RS will come with a 380-hp turbocharged inline-five. Quattro AWD will come standard across the range, with the TT RS to gain a new dual-clutch automatic in place of a six-speed manual that will be offered alongside a six-speed auto with the TT and TTS models. The new Audi TT should arrive late 2014 priced around the $45,000 mark.