A design revamp and a new spec sheet. Does Audi's junior sportscar whoosh by with flying colours?
The exaggerated-coupé profile and clamshell body design of the Audi TT has achieved an iconic status in a span of two generations — a really short time in automotive timelines. The TT, however, has also received a bit of stick for majoring more on show than go and its tepid dynamics couldn’t do much justice to its name that’s derived for the challenging Isle of Man TT.
Audi hasn’t taken too kindly to these criticisms and claims to have given the new TT the guts to match the style. The third-generation TT is based on the VW group’s MQB platform — the one that underpins cars such as the Skoda Octavia and the Audi A3. The platform’s aluminium-intensive construction has helped the TT shed a good 50kg. With a leaner body in place, Audi has also stuffed more power under the hood — resulting in an inviting specification sheet. The question though is, can this new TT finally keep up with peers once the road starts to twist? We take it out to the Western Ghats to find out.
The overall proportions and dimensions of the TT are quite similar to the car it replaces. But the similarity ends here. The new TT now wears a tighter skin and almost every surface has been chiselled. While the essence of the familiar curves hasn’t been lost, the newly added angular creases and cuts show that the TT means business.