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Audi previews sleek crossover concept ahead of Beijing debut

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Audi Showcar Beijing 2014

With the Beijing Motor Show approaching just a couple of weeks down the road, automakers have begun announcing the concept cars they have in store. Nissan has a new sedan concept coming, Lexus will reveal the production NX crossover and Citroën has a tempting sports sedan concept lined up for the Chinese auto expo. And now Audi has hinted at what it has in store.

Revealing only a trio of renderings with no details to accompany them so far, Audi appears to have a new crossover concept in the works. Referred to only as the Audi Showcar Beijing 2014, the brief calls for a five-door crossover with a rather coupe-like roofline, rugged lower body cladding and a flexible cabin with quad bucket seats.

The form bears telltale similarities to the new TT, suggesting that this concept could be a further evolution of the Allroad Shooting Brake concept that Audi revealed in Detroit. If put into production, we could see it wearing the Q4 badge, giving Ingolstadt a rival to the likes of the BMW X4, Porsche Macan and Range Rover Evoque. However, until Audi tells us otherwise, that’s all speculation…

Audi previews sleek crossover concept ahead of Beijing debut originally appeared on Autoblog on Tue, 08 Apr 2014 10:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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April 8th, 2014

Audi sends off second-gen TT with a few enhancements

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2015 Audi TTS Competition

The Audi stand at the Geneva Motor Show this year was the focus of a lot of attention with the reveal of the all-new TT, ushering in the third generation of the stylish sports coupe and roadster. But before the second-gen model gets the old heave-ho, Audi is giving it a few enhancements to send it out on a high note.

Stylistically, the 2015 Audi TT and TTS, both coupe and convertible, get a new single-frame grille and LED daytime running lights to make it better match its stablemates. The interior gets some upgraded equipment as well, but enthusiasts will be more intrigued by the optional Competition Package available on the TTS.

Like the package Audi rolled out to celebrate the 500,000th TT made, the new TTS Competition Package gets a fixed rear spoiler, five-spoke alloys, baseball-stitched leather seats with contrasting stitching and a choice of yellow or gray paints for the exterior.

Otherwise the MkII models carry over for their final year mechanically unchanged, with a 2.0-liter turbo four producing 211 horsepower in the TT and 265 in the TTS, with 0-60 times ranging from 5.6 seconds for the TT Roadster to 4.9 seconds for the TTS coupe. Details in the press release below.

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Audi sends off second-gen TT with a few enhancements originally appeared on Autoblog on Sun, 23 Mar 2014 15:11:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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March 23rd, 2014

The Audi TT Might Be Coming In All Sorts Of Crazy Flavors Pretty Soon

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The Audi TT Might Be Coming In All Sorts Of Crazy Flavors Pretty Soon

The 2015 Audi TT already sits on a versatile platform, if you consider how many cars it shares underpinnings with. But if some thinly veiled words slipping out of an Audi exec’s mouth are true, then pretty soon we could be blessed with a whole lot more kinds of TT. Including (*GASP*) a shooting brake.

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March 22nd, 2014

2015 Audi TT’s digital gauge cluster to spread throughout lineup

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Audi TT digital gauge cluster

File this one under: “makes sense to us.” According to Car and Driver, the slick new gauge cluster found in the 2015 Audi TT will expand to other models in the automaker’s lineup. In the near term, expect the tech to make its way into the next R8 supercar (with a special performance display for that model), as well as the upcoming, all-new versions of the A4 sedan and Q7 crossover.

Audi’s new customizable gauges first debuted at this year’s CES – it uses a 12.3-inch TFT display, and, while similar to the systems found in the Cadillac CTS, XTS and Mercedes-Benz S-Class, this system has the ability to show full-screen, three-dimensional maps. We had a chance to check out the new display in-person at CES, and found it to be impressive, though we’re curious to see how distracting it is while driving.

Car and Driver says the system is still undergoing small tweaks before Audi officially launches it in the TT later this year. From there, the display will be standard in the R8, but Audi is unsure about whether or not to offer it as a standalone option in the higher-volume A4 and Q7 models.

2015 Audi TT’s digital gauge cluster to spread throughout lineup originally appeared on Autoblog on Tue, 18 Mar 2014 10:01:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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March 18th, 2014

Geneva: Get a load of Audi’s TTs [w/videos + poll]

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2015 Audi TT

The third-generation Audi TT coupe has made its debut here at the Geneva Motor Show, showing an evolutionary design for the German automaker’s fashion-forward coupe. As expected, the new TT takes plenty of inspiration from the Sport Quattro Concept that debuted in Frankfurt last year, and it draws upon cues from the model’s past two generations.

After seeing it in person, the Autoblog crew on-site in Geneva is sort of torn about the new model. It’s crisp and well-proportioned, but in terms of its exterior design, it also doesn’t come off like a significant generational leap forward – the aesthetic distance between the original TT and the second-generation model was quite a bit larger. Of course, it’s hard to reimagine a design icon, and either way we’ll have to wait until we see the car on the road to make final judgments.

Audi is offering a trio of engines for the new TT, including a 2.0-liter turbodiesel powerplant that’s good for 184 horsepower, 280 pound-feet of torque and an excellent 56 miles per gallon. On the gasoline front, Audi is offering two versions of its well-liked 2.0-liter TSI turbo-four. The less-powerful spec still offers up a healthy 230 hp and 272 lb-ft of torque, while the higher-output 2.0T sends 310 hp and 280 lb-ft of twist to all four wheels in the TTS coupe. Potent stuff.

Inside, there’s a brand-new interior with a fresh, modern design, incorporating the slick Virtual Cockpit that debuted at CES earlier this year and temperature controls mounted in the air vents, which lowers the cockpit’s button count considerably. It certainly looks nice, and is decidedly more forward thinking than the exterior design, in our opinion.

All this discussion has us wondering: what generation of the TT design do you like best? Check out the videos below, vote in our poll and then have a look at a fresh set of TT pics in the gallery above.

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Get a load of Audi’s TTs [w/videos + poll] originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 05 Mar 2014 03:59:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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March 5th, 2014

Geneva: Audi TT Quattro Sport Concept takes the next-gen to the extreme

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Audi TT Quattro Sport Concept

There’s little doubt that the new Audi TTS and its 310-horsepower, 2.0-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder will be very quick when released to the general public. As a means of reminding us that Audi can do much more with the little TT, though, the German manufacturer has presented this, the TT Quattro Sport Concept, alongside its litter of new sports cars.

Complete with a 420-horsepower, 2.0-liter, turbocharged engine – yes, it really puts out 210 horsepower per liter – the TT Quattro Sport can snap to 62 miles per hour in just 3.7 seconds. 331 pound-feet of torque is also on offer, meaning this one-off TT outguns the TTS by 110 horsepower and 51 pound-feet of torque.

An S-Tronic transmission shuffles the power about, while the car itself rides on a lowered and stiffened suspension. 20-inch alloys are featured with centrally locking, racing-style hubs. Those racy wheels are housed in wells that have had their arches stretched an additional 1.18 inches, which, along with the lowered suspension, contribute to the TT’s aggressive looks.

Aerodynamic tweaks include a rear diffuser formed from carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic and that meaty rear wing. The fascia, meanwhile, sports an inset grille with a new, hexagonal insert and larger air intakes below the headlights.

In the cabin, the TT takes its racing character to the extreme, removing unnecessary components like speakers and arm rests, while items like the seats have been replaced by lighter variants.

Take a look at the top of the page for our full gallery of live photos. We’ve also included a few of the images released by Audi below, along with an official press release.

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Audi TT Quattro Sport Concept takes the next-gen to the extreme originally appeared on Autoblog on Tue, 04 Mar 2014 09:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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