This Audi TT coupe appears to be no different than any other production model, but the folks at Motor Trend suggest it could actually be a mule built upon Volkswagen's new MQB modular architecure. That platform will have its first formal debut next week underneath the skin of the all-new 2013 Audi A3.
The test mule looks practically identical to the current-gen Audi TT, but Motor Trend’s spy shooter says there were a few subtle differences up close. According to the photographer, this car has a slightly longer wheel base compared to the current model, and also features wider wheel arches.
As we’ve reported previously, the MQB architecture will form the basis of several future VWs and Audis, including the next-gen VW Golf, Jetta, and Passat, along with the Audi A3. By going modular, VW will allow for greater parts sharing ability, and will also cut weight with more high-strength steel and aluminum used in the body. We don't see how a slimmer figure couldn't benefit the sporty Audi TT.
Even though we don’t get to see any new sheet metal with this test mule, it’s nice to know Audi is getting started on the next-gen Audi TT. We just hope the next prototype we see manages to display what we can expect in terms of styling changes.
Check out the full gallery of spy photos over at Motor Trend.
Source: Motor Trend