In less than two weeks, the doors will open at the Geneva Motor Show, and we'll be there to capture all the action. Among the dozens of new debuts we're looking forward to will be the arrival of the new third-generation Audi TT, and to give us a better idea of what we're looking forward to, Ingolstadt has released this series of teaser sketches.

Looking every bit like a TT should and drawing heavily on the Allroad Shooting Brake concept that debuted at the Detroit Auto Show last month, the images foretell of a new Audi sports coupe with a single-frame grille, matrix LED lighting and a deeply creased hood with the four-ring emblem placed atop the nose, as on the R8.

Horizontal lines at the back preview Audi's next design language, with twin exhaust tips flanking the diffuser on base models and quad tips on the next TTS. A cleaner interior design also harkens back to the first-gen TT that started it all and from which the new one draws its inspiration. Scope out the images in the gallery above for a closer look at what's to come, then scroll down for the details in the press release below.
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Ingolstadt, 2014-02-20
Athletic and sporty with a compact format –
Audi presents the new TT in Geneva


- Design line reminiscent of the first model generation
- Audi virtual cockpit and Matrix LED headlights are the technical highlights
- Interior design with light, sporty styling

Taut and muscular, athletic and poised: In 11 days, the new Audi TT will be making its world debut at the Geneva Motor Show. For the third generation of the compact sports car, the designers have reinterpreted a host of ideas from the first TT generation from 1998 – in a dynamic, diverse way.
The front end of the new Audi TT has dominant horizontals. The Singleframe grille is broad and flat. Two contours form a V-pattern over the engine hood. The position of the four rings is also new: They now sit centrally on the hood, echoing the R8.

Struts divide up the large air inlets. The headlights repeat this motif – they are structured with divider struts acting as reflectors for the daytime running light. Audi can supply the headlights as an option with LED technology or its pioneering Matrix LED technology, where controllable individual light-emitting diodes generate the main beam.

Many details of the new Coupé's profile are reminiscent of the first generation's classic design. The sill contour forms a powerful light edge and the wide wheel arches constitute distinct geometrical entities. At the front, the wheel arch intersects the hood join, which continues over the door as the tornado line and extends all the way to the rear. The flat greenhouse looks like an entity in its own right. The shape of the C-post, with a slight kink, gives the TT a powerful, athletic look and enhances the impression of tension.

At the rear, too, horizontal lines reinforce the wide, sporty impression. The struts in the rear lights pick up on the headlights' motif. They remain permanently on – another Audi innovation. The third brake light with a flat strip shape links the two units on either side. All engine versions have two large, round exhaust tailpipes in the diffuser. Like all Audi S models, the TTS features four tailpipes.

Inside, too, the styling is so light it almost seems to float, evoking the clean sports car character of the new Audi TT. The center console and door trims have flowing, matching shapes. Seen from above, the dashboard resembles the wing of an aircraft. The round air vents, a classic TT feature, evoke the engines and incorporate the air conditioning controls. This solution – and the elimination of the central MMI monitor, now replaced by the Audi virtual cockpit – pave the way for the dashboard's remarkably slim architecture.

The third generation of the Audi TT, the design icon, has been systematically refined in every department, both inside and out – resulting in a pedigree sports car. It is particularly notable for its sharper lines, which have been defined very dynamically and precisely. Throughout the entire car, the interplay of surfaces creates incredible tension.

Fuel consumption figures Audi R8:
Combined fuel consumption in l/100 km: 14,9 - 12,4; Combined CO2-emissions in g/km: 349 - 289


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      SquareFour
      • 10 Months Ago
      Remember in the nineties when the original TT turned the design world on its head? I only ask because it's a little hard to imagine now when looking at Audi's current, and apparently future, design language.
      Rob
      • 10 Months Ago
      I would like to see the Quattro concept become the R4 with a mid engine set up. Keep the weight down and use the 298 hp 2.0 as a base motor with a plus version using the 2.5 from the cancelled TT RS and RS3 with a boost in hp to 375 or so
      Lachmund
      • 10 Months Ago
      if only they would keep the rings on the hood like with the R8. I fear they will put it in the grille again...like on the shooting brake concept :/
      David
      • 10 Months Ago
      Owning the original TT, I'm glad they're going backwards to the basic interior concept and away from the Star Wars look of so many motor cars. Even today, I get stares when I drive to the theatre with my wife.
      360_AD
      • 10 Months Ago
      Audi: Nix the TT and bring forth the Quattro concept.
      carguy1701
      • 10 Months Ago
      Not too bad. Still most likely going to be a fashion statement on wheels rather than a drivers car, though.
      ChaosphereIX
      • 10 Months Ago
      yep...looks like an Audi.
      Dump
      • 10 Months Ago
      So, is this supposed to look like a small R8? Which is cool, if that was the intent - then they nailed it.
      jessesrq
      • 10 Months Ago
      Is Audi a car company or a lighting studio? It seems to have given up on the former to become only the latter.
      Justin
      • 10 Months Ago
      I know Audi made huge grills mainstream but this one is identical to the current Genesis Coupe and Subaru BRZ and probably several others I'm forgetting about.
      mookieblaylock
      • 10 Months Ago
      later vag it's been real
      Ted
      • 10 Months Ago
      They need to step away from that 60"s style dump truck style front grille and make one that compliments the fine lines of the rest of the car.
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