STORY UPDATED: 17:00, 13 January
Screw up your eyes and look hard. This is the new Audi TT. Well,
sorta. Take away the "Allroad" lower-body cladding, and forget the
shooting-brake tail. Put on the usual TT sloping hatchback. Now you see, the
The real thing will be launched later this year, but in the meantime
Audi is decorating its Detroit stand with this Allroad Shooting Brake. It has
the interior of the new TT too - the one they showed at the CES last week.
Audi R&D boss Ulrich Hackenberg told Top Gear, "Yes, the
basis of this concept is the new TT. We've made it as a trailer for the TT. The
TT will be at the Geneva Show [in early March], and go on the market this
Audi has previous on this. You might remember in 2005, the four-ring
tribe did a shooting brake concept version of the second-generation TT at the
Tokyo Show, before the launch of the real roadster and coupe. Back then we
wondered if a shooting brake would ever become the TT's third production
bodystyle. But no.
This time however, it seems Audi really is looking at expanding the
TT line-up. Hackenberg told us, "Last time we didn't make that shooting
brake, but I can imagine the TT has much more potential than we have used up to
now. That's why we did this concept. The trend is to smaller crossovers. So for
example you could do a crossover TT."
He made it clear this is in addition to the more conventional
upcoming A1-sized five-door crossover (likely called Q2) which is already
signed off for production in 2016.
The show car is ruddy fast. It uses the S3's 2.0TFSi engine of
292bhp. It also gets a hybrid motor between the engine and the S-Tronic
transmission. That combo drives the front wheels only, but besides that,
there's also another electric motor for the rear wheels. In total the system
has a 408bhp output, so Audi reckons it can do 0-62 in 4.6sec.
The concept has a battery big enough to be charged from the mains,
giving it 31 miles of electric-only 4WD range. That also means 149mpg in the
official cycle, if not the real world when you're laying down your
Encouragingly Hackenberg hints at other more speedy expansions to the
TT range too. He says RS models are becoming more important for Audi and that
they will happen on almost every Audi model line. So we can take it that a TT
RS is a given.
We also ask him about a lightweight-special TT. He answers that
because the TT uses the MQB matrix, it's possible to mix in ultra-light
components including a carbonfibre roof, all built in on the main production
line, to get the kilos off. "I can imagine that car as a limited
series," he says. Good.