Drawing inspiration from both the original TT and the Audi Sport Quattro Concept, the new TT is more of an evolution of the second-generation's look, wearing the same basic shape. The rear is reminiscent of the first TT, with the rounded look of the fenders and taillights meeting with the roofline to offer a stylish form factor that's accented by a subtle set of twin exhausts. As with the gen-two car, that sloping rear hides a spoiler that deploys automatically at 75 miles per hour. The front, meanwhile, with its sculpted grille and headlights, reminds us quite forcibly of Audi's heritage-inspired concepts, the Quattro and the aforementioned Sport Quattro.
Under hood, there will be three powertrains available. The base is a 2.0-liter, TDI four-cylinder with standard stop-start that churns out 184 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque, all while returning in a hugely impressive 56 miles per gallon. It'll hit 100km/h in a reasonable 7.2 seconds. The TT with the TDI mill is only available with front-wheel drive.
The two engines we're most likely to see stateside are variations of Audi's popular 2.0-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder. The base engine delivers 230hp and 272lb-feet of torque, which can be delivered through either a 6-speed manual to the front wheels or through a 6-speed dual-clutch S-Tronic to a Quattro all-wheel-drive system. As with the TDI option, the past several years of TT indicate that we shouldn't count on a FWD, manual-trans model. Equipped with the 6MT, drivers can expect to hit 100km/h in 6 seconds, while the DCT/Quattro model can get there in a scant 5.3. Both cars are limited to 250km/h.
For those with a heavier foot, Audi's second-generation TTS should fill the bill, offering up 310hp and 280lb-ft of torque from its 2.0T. A six-speed manual will be available as standard (again, probably not for the US) while a six-speed S-tronic will also be available. 100km/h arrives in just 4.7 seconds, meaning it's just 0.6 seconds slower than the limited-run TTRS.