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2014-01-09 09:28

AN ICON RETURNS: It’s been long time coming but the wait is nearly over local fans of Audi’s TT as the a new version will arrive on our shores later in 2014. Image: AUDI

LAS VEGAS, Nevada – In 2013, Wheels24 reported that Audi’s next-generation TT was spotted undergoing testing. Spy photos gave us a glimpse at the design changes to the new TT.

In January 2014, Audi gave fans a look at the interior of its next-generation TT at the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, USA.

Audi South Africa confirmed that the new model will arrive on our shores later in 2014. SA specifications and details will be released closer to the launch date.

Image gallery: 2014 Audi TT (interior)

The next TT will be built on the VW group's MQB platform, shared with the seventh-generation Golf. From the side and rear it retains the design of the outgoing model but has a sharper front similar to that of the new A5 and R8.

Audi board member for technical development, Ulrich Hackenberg, said: “The first Audi TT was the design icon, the second generation was even sportier, right through to the TT RS+ with its five-cylinder TFSI and 265kW.

“With the new Audi TT, the driver will be able to experience the technology to an even greater extent – just as would be expected from a genuine sports car. And it comes with a new generation of electronics and connectivity features.”


The redesigned dashboard sports a digital instrument cluster according to Audi, eliminates the need for a “multi-media interface monitor. This solution gave the designers the freedom to slim down the instrument panel architecture such that it visually conveys the Audi lightweight construction principle”.

Inspired by an airplane wing, the instrument panel has “turbine” look to it and the round air nozzles, a classic TT feature, are reminiscent of jet engines.

Drivers can switch between two display modes on the 31cm TFT monitor; In Classic view, the speedometer and rev counter are in the foreground, while Infotainment mode displays smaller virtual instrumentation for viewing the navigation map.

The compact sports car’s new steering wheel features a flat-bottomed rim, with aluminium clips framing its spokes. The new infotainment system is inspired by that of a smartphone and includes a full-text search function (MMI search).

The MMI terminal on the centre console, the second control unit alongside the steering wheel, have been redesigned.

The innovations in the Audi TT interior include the S sport seats with their significantly curved side bolsters, integrated headrests and the low seating position typical of a sports car.


All international TT engines will see a slight increase in power. The volume sellers will be the 130kW 1.8 and 163kW 2.0.  A diesel will be part of the range, too, which musters 132kW.

The TT S will use the S3’s 206kW turbocharged engine with all-wheel drive and a choice of six-speed manual or S-tronic transmission.

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