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Audi gives its TT more doors for Paris

The Audi TT Sportback is a four door take on Audi's stylish coupe (Photo: C.C. Weiss/Gizmag)
The Audi TT Sportback is a four door take on Audi's stylish coupe (Photo: C.C. Weiss/Gizmag)
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The Sportback's singleframe grille carries over from the standard TT (Photo: C.C. Weiss/Gizmag)
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The Sportback's singleframe grille carries over from the standard TT (Photo: C.C. Weiss/Gizmag)
Inside, the standard TT's virtual cockpit carries over (Photo: C.C. Weiss/Gizmag)
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Inside, the standard TT's virtual cockpit carries over (Photo: C.C. Weiss/Gizmag)
The TT Sportback is powered by a 2.0-liter petrol engine (Photo: C.C. Weiss/Gizmag)
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The TT Sportback is powered by a 2.0-liter petrol engine (Photo: C.C. Weiss/Gizmag)
Audi claims a 0-100 km/h time of 3.9 seconds (Photo: C.C. Weiss/Gizmag)
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Audi claims a 0-100 km/h time of 3.9 seconds (Photo: C.C. Weiss/Gizmag)
Quattro all-wheel drive provides good grip (Photo: C.C. Weiss/Gizmag)
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Quattro all-wheel drive provides good grip (Photo: C.C. Weiss/Gizmag)
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Brakes are 18-inch discs all around (Photo: C.C. Weiss/Gizmag)
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Brakes are 18-inch discs all around (Photo: C.C. Weiss/Gizmag)
Audi claims that the 2.0-liter engine achieves 7.0 l/100km (Photo: C.C. Weiss/Gizmag)
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Audi claims that the 2.0-liter engine achieves 7.0 l/100km (Photo: C.C. Weiss/Gizmag)
The concept's wheelbase is longer than that of the standard TT (Photo: C.C. Weiss/Gizmag)
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The concept's wheelbase is longer than that of the standard TT (Photo: C.C. Weiss/Gizmag)
The Sportback is also wider and lower than a standard TT (Photo: C.C. Weiss/Gizmag)
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The Sportback is also wider and lower than a standard TT (Photo: C.C. Weiss/Gizmag)
A set of rear doors provides access to two individual rear seats (Photo: C.C. Weiss/Gizmag)
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A set of rear doors provides access to two individual rear seats (Photo: C.C. Weiss/Gizmag)
The TT's rear seats will fold down to fit longer items (Photo: C.C. Weiss/Gizmag)
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The TT's rear seats will fold down to fit longer items (Photo: C.C. Weiss/Gizmag)
The TT's coupe profile remains clean in spite of the extra doors on the back (Photo: C.C. Weiss/Gizmag)
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The TT's coupe profile remains clean in spite of the extra doors on the back (Photo: C.C. Weiss/Gizmag)
The TT Sportback uses a McPherson front suspension system (Photo: C.C. Weiss/Gizmag)
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The TT Sportback uses a McPherson front suspension system (Photo: C.C. Weiss/Gizmag)
Rear suspension is a four-link system (Photo: C.C. Weiss/Gizmag)
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Rear suspension is a four-link system (Photo: C.C. Weiss/Gizmag)
The car's 2.0-liter engine produces 400 hp (Photo: C.C. Weiss/Gizmag)
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The car's 2.0-liter engine produces 400 hp (Photo: C.C. Weiss/Gizmag)
There is no word on whether the Sportback will make production (Photo: C.C. Weiss/Gizmag)
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There is no word on whether the Sportback will make production (Photo: C.C. Weiss/Gizmag)
Peak torque is 450 Nm (Photo: C.C. Weiss/Gizmag)
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Peak torque is 450 Nm (Photo: C.C. Weiss/Gizmag)
The Audi TT Sportback sits on 21-inch wheels (Photo: C.C. Weiss/Gizmag)
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The Audi TT Sportback sits on 21-inch wheels (Photo: C.C. Weiss/Gizmag)
The Audi TT Sportback is a four door take on Audi's stylish coupe (Photo: C.C. Weiss/Gizmag)
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The Audi TT Sportback is a four door take on Audi's stylish coupe (Photo: C.C. Weiss/Gizmag)

Having already rolled out the standard TT Coupe and Roadster, Audi has used the Paris Motor Show to unveil its TT Sportback concept, which wraps a powerful 2.0-liter TFSI engine and quattro all-wheel drive in a stretched, four-door coupe body.

The 2.0-liter, turbocharged engine under the TT Sportback’s bonnet channels 294 kW (400 hp) and peak torque of 450 Nm (332 ft.lb) is available between 2,400 and 6,000 rpm, with the power routed through a seven-speed “S tronic” gearbox. This will send the TT Sportback from 0-100 km/h (62 mph) in 3.9 seconds and Audi claims that, in spite of its performance, the concept will use fuel at a rate of just 7.0 L/100km (33.6 mpg).

To eke every possible bit of performance out of the engine, Audi has fitted aluminum pistons and a crankshaft that is made of high-strength forged steel, while the crankcase is cast out of high strength alloy. Boost pressure is running at 1.8 bar and the TT Sportback’s 21-inch wheels and 255/30 tires are suspended by a McPherson front suspension and four-link rear system. Brakes are 18-inch units all around.

The TT Sportback uses a McPherson front suspension system (Photo: C.C. Weiss/Gizmag)
The TT Sportback uses a McPherson front suspension system (Photo: C.C. Weiss/Gizmag)

Apart from the drivetrain, the most arresting element on the Sportback concept is the extra doors on the back of the coupe. The Sportback’s body is 29 cm (11.4 in) longer and 6 cm (2.4 in) wider that of a standard TT, with a 12 cm (4.7 in) longer wheelbase. These changes allow for an extra set of frameless doors, which give access to the two individual rear seats.

Rear seats aside, the TT’s interior is largely unchanged. The production coupe’s high-tech 12.3-inch “virtual cockpit” instruments and slick air-conditioning integration carry over, as does the car’s wing-shaped dash.

There is no word from Audi as to whether the Sportback will join the standard TT Coupe and Roadster on showroom floors.

Source: Audi

2 comments
dugnology
Silly. Stick to the coupe. This model should have been the A3 or A4
BZD
Specs are nice, but looks are rather bland and boy has the TT model come a long way since the mark.1 which was special (although dangerous). I would really like if Audi made something that looked as special as what the technical bit underneath delivers, but at best I think they are still to conservative and restrained. Give me something full on as the original Quattro or as high tech as their Le Mans prototypes.