The second generation of the Audi TT, which was introduced in 2006, has been around for a long time. Our spy photographer just spotted a new, third generation Audi TT testing at the Nürburgring, giving us a glimpse of what the third generation TT will look like.
Like the new Volkswagen Golf and GTI, which will come to the U.S. next year, the 2015 Audi TT will ride on the Volkswagen Group’s MQB platform, which is a modular architecture specifically for front-drive based vehicles. The Audi TT will presumably continue to offer Quattro all-wheel-drive in addition to front-wheel-drive.
The prototype vehicles in these spy photos display a longer, lower shape for the next Audi TT. Though the car’s disguise blurs the details, up front we can see an aggressive horizontal grille with a large lower intake flanked by swoopy headlights that flare out toward the fenders. The hood is slightly longer than before and the roof is lower, with less of an arched profile than before and shorter overhangs that give the car a sporty stance.
From a rear three-quarter view, the new Audi TT is almost reminiscent of the Audi R8 supercar, especially the C-pillars and the small rear-quarter windows. The stubby, rounded tail remains though, harkening back to the original Audi TT which itself drew inspiration from the iconic shape of the Volkswagen Beetle.
We don’t know much else about the details of the 2015 Audi TT, but Volkswagen’s familiar 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder in various states of tune is a likely bet for the U.S. market. As far as high-performance variants, we would expect to see models like the current 265-hp Audi TTS and the 335 hp Audi TT-RS with commensurate levels of power over the standard car.
Look for more information to come about the next Audi TT sometime during the 2014-2015 auto show season.