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New TT Intel Suggests ultra Lightweight Design Could Reinvent quattro Concept

November is proving rich for TT intel and today we’ve found more via AutoExpress. That story suggests lightweight design will be even more of a factor than the current car with its aluminum and steel Audi Space Frame (ASF). Even better for accuracy’s sake, the story attributes most of the points of intel to Audi’s new development boss Wolfgang Durheimer.

According to AutoExpress, the target for the new TT is 1000 kg (2205 lbs), and that is with quattro and presumably a 5-cylinder turbo.

“A car in the TT segment weighing 1,000kg would be a very interesting proposition,” stated Wolfgang Durheimer, as reported in AutoExpress. “It would be a derivative of the TT and the challenge is to make it a quattro too – that’s what I’ve asked my engineers.”

He added, “We’re talking about a high-power output here, so I would like it to be a five-cylinder engine. Oh, and don’t forget a roll cage in the back.”

If it sounds like Durheimer is dusting off the idea of the original quattro Concept in the form of a TT, you’re not the only one jumping to that conclusion.

So how would Audi engineers achieve this goal? We’d suggest re-examining that TT evo plus prototype story we published last week. Audi revealed those images and plenty of intel in that story for an Audi corporate technology magazine and though the car appears as if it is the current TT it very readily shows just how Audi could and would go about pulling weight from a production TT… though perhaps to a more extreme degree given the TT evo plus’ concept budget.

To us, this TT may harken back to the Sport quattro in some ways, but the way Durheimer describes it makes us think more affordable and approachable take on a concept like that of the Porsche 911 GT3 or GT3 Rs. That reference may not be lost on Durheimer. One last quote we’ll reference from the AutoExpress piece is this. Durheimer stated, “Of course, it would have to cost much more. It will be like the Porsche 911 GT3 pricing strategy – we’ll need to charge more for less.”

More on the AutoExpress story HERE.

Editor’s Note: We’ve made sure to reference the latest TT intel stories in our related stories links below the photo gallery link to the right. If you want to know more about the Mk3 TT, we’d suggest you read them. In particular,  you’ll want to read the TT evo plus story that was published late last week.


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