Audi unveiled its new TT Sportback Concept at the Paris Motor Show.
The sleeker, more practical iteration draws inspiration from its five-door A5 and A7 Sportback siblings, which aimed to artfully blend the rakish lines of a coupe with the real world versatility of a sedan.
A turbocharged direct-injection two-litre, four cylinder engine is used for this concept and it packs 294kWand 450Nm. Audi says it would be able to run from 0–100km/h in just 3.9 seconds and return 7 litres per 100km in combined driving conditions. A seven-speed S-tronic gearbox does duty and power is shifted to all four wheels.
“With the TT, Audi created one of the automotive design icons of the last 20 years,” said Prof. Dr. Ulrich Hackenberg, Audi Board Member for Technical Development.
“In the years since, we have designed our sporty and elegant five‑door Audi A5 Sportback and Audi A7 Sportback. In our Audi TT Sportback concept show car, we are now fusing both concepts to form a new member of a potential TT family.”
The Audi virtual cockpit dominates the elegantly designed interior of the show car, with the 12.3‑inch screen replacing the conventional instruments and the MMI monitor. Audi has chosen to use the “virtual cockpit” system where a 31.2cm screen has replaced the usual driver information instruments. It can be used like a smart phone where you use touch and feel as well as gestures. LED technology is applied throughout the car, including of course the exterior where they feature in the headlamps and rear lights.
With its composite concept, the body represents the latest evolution of the Audi Space Frame (ASF). According to them, despite gaining two doors, it has lost none of the nimbleness of its coupe sister. Production is yet to be confirmed. But if it does, perhaps BMW would counter with a 2 Series Gran Coupe?
-Ignition Live Reporter