With the third-generation Audi TT slated for a debut at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show in just a few weeks time, we've received some interesting news out of the United Kingdom. Speaking to the crew at Top Gear, Chief Engineer Ulrich Hackenberg made some interesting statements about the next TT, noting that he likes the idea of a production Allroad Shooting Brake.

"I can imagine the TT has much more potential than we have used up to now. That's why we did this Allroad [Shooting Brake] Concept. The trend is to smaller crossovers. So for example you do a crossover TT. It would have a big group of fans," Hackenberg told TG.

That makes it almost sound like Audi is trying to expand one popular, fashion-forward model into a wildly different niche, like Mini did moving from Hardtop to Countryman (or perhaps more appropriately, the Paceman). We'll reserve judgement, if only because the Allroad Shooting Brake was one of the more popular concepts at the Detroit Auto Show, making our Editors' Choice list.

In more promising news for enthusiasts, Hackenberg spoke optimistically of a lightweight TT capable of tipping the scales at under 2200 pounds, an idea first mentioned by his predecessor, Wolfgang Duerheimer. "I could imagine a limited series. Our new MQB architecture allows lightweight parts such as a carbon-fiber roof," Hackenberg said. We'll admit, the idea of a lighter TT RS is really, really compelling, possibly as a competitor for the Porsche Cayman R or even a Jaguar F-Type R.

What are your thoughts on this? Would a production Allroad Shooting Brake wearing a TT badge make sense? Should Audi build an even more hardcore TT? Have your say in Comments.

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      Devon Norjean
      • 10 Months Ago
      Superlight -- That should be a thing for every car company!
      • 10 Months Ago
      I wish they would finally build an R4 instead of another more hardcore TT. for the shooting brake: bring it on!
      • 10 Months Ago
      But in Audi speed, American version will come two years later, then other variants will follow four years later, near the end of the model life line.
        • 10 Months Ago
        And it will likely have been dumbed down to the suburban milquetoast level with automatic transmission,numb steering, and isolation from all road feedback.
      • 10 Months Ago
      1. Priority is a great TT that reflects the Mk I original in simplicity, uniqueness, pure ness, and style of design without coping and adding the latest trends. 2. Absolutely a light weight purest sport one 3. I would love a shooting brake, my favorite "model". I also agree it is/would likely be the least in demand. Having said that, actually, maybe just the opposite! Things have changed and it may be the most in demand. I also really wanted/want the R4 and regret Audi not making it. It would be my 1st choice even over any TT. A smaller more affordable Mid Engine Audi sports car. Been waiting too long, on my 9th Audi now since my 1st Audi 100LS.
      Ryan Andrew Martin
      • 10 Months Ago
      Awesome. Weird, but awesome. Especially stoked on a "superlight" model. WhateverTF that means.
      John Imel
      • 10 Months Ago
      I would love to see them build the Allroad Shooting Brake. In fact, I'll take 2 please!!
      • 10 Months Ago
      It's time for me to buy a new car and I wand an Audi WAGON, I mean Avant again. I loved my old S4!
      • 10 Months Ago
      Jack it up, add cladding, profit. The only limit to profits in this game is shame.
      Charles Ellis
      • 10 Months Ago
      Good God. A superlight. Why does'nt everyone do that!
      • 10 Months Ago
      This makes more sense than the boring Q3. Small cars from a luxury brand need to be stylish and fun.
      • 10 Months Ago
      just build another TT as beautiful as the 1st generation one and i think most people would be pleased.....the idea of a 'crossover' TT is absurd, IMO----but the lightweight idea sounds very cool.
      Aurio Salimonne
      • 10 Months Ago
      And they can also build a full size Van,Truck cargo carrier and F1 model out of it too,Sad to see all this years getting up and up and then the design stuck,Size is no longer sleek and they need a head of design A.S.A.P.!
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