Audi showed a five-door concept of its attractive TT sports car – named the Audi TT Sportback – at a Volkswagen Group celebration before the start of the 2014 Paris Motor Show.
Audi seems to rather enjoy turning their cars into Sportback models, having done the same already with the A5 and A7. This Audi TT Sportback has been stretched a tad, both laterally and longitudinally, though it remains shorter than the new 2015 TT. The turbocharged 2.0 liter four-banger pumps out a very impressive 400 hp, allowing the hatchback to reach 100 km/h (62 mph) in a blistering 3.9 seconds.
Channeling those 400 horses to all four wheels on the Audi TT Sportback is a 7-speed dual-clutch. That transmission is placed toward the rear of the car for better weight distribution, and the Quattro permanent all-wheel drive system can actively monitor and shift torque between the front and rear axles to aid in maintaining traction.
As for design, clearly we don’t need to tell you that it’s clean, sharp, and gorgeous. But then, the new third-generation TT upon which it’s based is already just that. The Audi TT Sportback remains quite obviously identifiable as the regular TT’s sibling, with the same mean angles present where the hood meets the grille and headlamps. The same two simple, horizontal character lines trace back from the headlamps toward the rear haunches. The only difference is that where the standard TT looks short, stocky and playful, the Audi TT Sportback has been elongated and compressed into something with a bit more elegance.
There’s no indication yet of whether this Audi TT Sportback, or the Audi TT Offroad concept SUV shown in China, will ever make it to production. But, signs point tentatively to the affirmative.