When the first Audi TT hit the market in 1998, its design was nothing short of revolutionary. The current model (pictured above in RS form), while dynamically superior, has been mainstreamed a bit, going with a more evolutionary approach. But now, rumor has it that Audi is preparing to launch an all-new third-generation model at the rapidly approaching Tokyo Motor Show, and our interests our piqued.

Little in the way of details is known as to the direction Audi is preparing to take with the new TT, but sources expect it to go slightly upmarket in order to make room for a smaller, less costly R4 mid-engined sportscar. The TT, however, is expected to retain its front-engine, all-wheel-drive layout. Stylistically, we'd expect the new TT to adopt some of the design cues laid down by recently concept cars like the Quattro from last year.

Audi, for its part, is staying mum on the subject, announcing the five-door A1 Sportback as its major debut for the Japanese expo. Whether a new TT – be it in concept form or production-ready – will join it remains to be seen.

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      • 3 Years Ago
      Styling cues from the Quattro concept would be cool, but I wanna see an actual Quattro. And a realistic version, not some six-figure limited run special.
      • 3 Years Ago
      So the TT will be more expensive because the R4 is going to be cheaper.. a win-win! The R4 has the potential to be great: cheaper than a TT but but performance (assuming they carry the same 2.0T engines). Again, assuming we get the R4 in the states I may be able to get over my lust for the scirocco!
      • 3 Years Ago
      Google "Audi TT problems" or "Audi TT reliability." I like the concept of a small, all wheel drive, good performance, German car - but this won't be the one for me at any price - I like the fellas at my VW/Audi dealer but I don't want to become that familiar with the inside of their service department shop.....
      Ernie Mccracken
      • 3 Years Ago
      It is based on the beetle, so with a new beetle they kind of have to make a new one. This is not big news.
      • 3 Years Ago
      6 speed manual or GTFO
      • 3 Years Ago
      i know the scoop on the MK3 TT.....dead from the source. But you'll have to pay me to get it out of me.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Love the TT, just wish they weren't so outrageously expensive... even used!
      • 3 Years Ago