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Audi TT Updated For 2014

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Audi's popular TT model is due for a facelift and details have been emerging of the new look planned for the car for next year. While the basic profile of the car won't change too much, the front will receive some striking new detailing.

Following the lead of all manufacturers at the moment, the TT is going on a diet, with the new model's lighter weight improving performance and efficiency. The third generation TT will also boast sharper handling to chase the Porsche Boxster. Apart from the lighter kerb weight, dynamic changes have been achieved with the use of the new VW Group MQB platform architecture, using super strong hot formed steel for a stiffer but lighter chassis.

Furthermore, the new TT will have predominantly aluminium body panels to make a total kerb weight of about 1,200kg – that's 60kg less than the second generation Audi TT. The MQB platform has the further effect of lengthening the car's wheelbase for a wheel at each corner stance, allowing the engine to be shifted slightly towards the centre for improved weight distribution and handling – all without altering the car's basic size or shape.

The sexy styling details include slanting, narrow headlights and a 3D effect front grille, while the rear end receives the full width tail light module that's becoming a trend in premium models. Clues can be seen in the e-tron concept cars of the last couple of years and 2012's Q2 Crosslane Coupe concept. The 2+2 coupe will, as usual, be joined by a roadster variant, retaining the existing fabric roof. Details about the new cabin remain scarce but expect an upgrade in the quality of materials used and an eight inch touchscreen infotainment system.

At the business end of things, the third generation TT will be powered by a 180bhp-220bhp range of four cylinder 1.8 and 2.0 litre TFSI units, plus an updated version of the current 2.0 litre diesel for more than 60mpg. There will also be a new range topping TT-S model with a 275bhp 2.0 litre turbo engine, while the TT-RS will retain its existing 2.5 litre TFSI, but freshly tuned to produce 375bhp. At the moment Audi hasn't confirmed the use of the A1 Sportback's cylinder deactivation system, but logically, there could be a place for the technology in the TT's larger engines.

More information and images will be forthcoming as the year progresses, in preparation for showroom release early in 2014.

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