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Third Generation Audi TT Testing at Nurburgring

We've said it once and we'll say it again: the Audi TT is the perfect example of the dichotomy between what auto journalists say and what people actually want.
2015 Audi TT Tack Photos 9 photos
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People with blogs and Youtube channels say the TT isn't fun to drive, that you can't drift it like a Mazda MX-5. Was that relevant for the 500,000 people who bought one? Apparently not.

The reasons fir this is that while a Porsche Cayman starts at €51,000 in Germany, the TT is just €30,000. Than's not a lot more than a VW Beetle with an equivalent engine.

Despite its success, Audi never got round to making a facelift for the TT and it appears they are jumping straight to the next generation. This test prototype for the Mk3 shows evolutionary design and has begun testing at the Nurburgring in preparation for its 2014 launch.

The next TT will be built on the MQB platform shared with everything from the Golf GTI to the SEAT Leon SC. This means it will be lighter than the outgoing model.

From the side and rear, it looks similar to the current car, but has a keen front end similar to the new R8.

So what about the engines? Well, it really not that hard to figure out what they are:
  • 1.8 TFSI with 180 PS and 250 Nm
  • 2.0 TFSI with 220 PS and 350 Nm
  • 2.0 TDI with 184 PS and 380 Nm
  • TTS with 300 PS and 380 Nm
  • TT RS with rumored 380 PS from 2.5 TFSI
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About the author: Mihnea Radu
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Mihnea's favorite cars have already been built, the so-called modern classics from the '80s and '90s. He also loves local car culture from all over the world, so don't be surprised to see him getting excited about weird Japanese imports, low-rider VWs out of Germany, replicas from Russia or LS swaps down in Florida.
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