The first of these three to come to fruition will be the new TT, which will be based on the Volkswagen Group's MQB platform. The original TT concept, unveiled at the 1995 Frankfurt auto show, played a vital role in establishing Audi as a force in automotive design. The production model remained faithful to the concept, while the larger second-generation model wore a slightly more conservative design. The third-gen TT, which will be launched in late 2014 as a 2015 model, aims to recapture the spirit of the original.
The next-generation, U.S.-spec TT will be powered by a 220-hp, 2.0-liter version of the VW Group’s EA888 turbocharged and direct-injected four-cylinder. The mid-level TTS will receive motivation from another turbo four serving up 300 horsepower. And while we’ve lamented the impending demise of the five-cylinder, it will live on to power the next-gen TT RS, to the tune of 380 horses. As before, both front- and Quattro all-wheel drive will be available.