Taking place March 6-16, scores of exciting new cars and concepts are due to make their debut at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show. Few cars, though, will likely generate as much buzz as the all-new Audi TT.
When initially unleashed in 1998, the Audi TT revitalised its segment, forcing all to rethink the possibilities of the compact sports car. Two generations later, its popularity has never waned. Anticipation is therefore running high for the unveiling of the third-generation Audi TT at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show.
Though at the moment only concept art has been revealed, a lot can already be said of the design of the new Audi TT.
Horizontal lines dominate the front end of the car, with a broad, flat Singleframe grille. A pair of contours serve to form a V-pattern across the bonnet, whilst the distinctive Audi rings now sit centrally on the hood, a positioning that may call to mind the R8.
The large air inlets are divided by struts, a motif repeated in the design of the headlights, where divider struts act as reflectors for the daytime running light. It's been confirmed that the new Audi TT will be available with the pioneering Matrix LED technology, in which individually controllable diodes serve to generate the main beam.
The all-new Audi TT makes many a nod to the classic design of the first generation model, not least in the coupe profile. A powerful light edge is formed by the sill contours, with the wide wheel arches and flat greenhouse forming distinct geometrical entities. The slightly-kinked C-pillar creates a powerful, sporty look, giving the impression of pent-up tension awaiting release.
The horizontal lines of the front are echoed at the rear. The rear lights, similarly strutted, are said to remain permanently switched on, with a third brake light with a flat strip shape linking the two on either side. The two large, round exhaust pipes are fitted as standard, regardless of engine, but the TTS model will feature four tailpipes.
Though we've not even seen so much as a sketch of the interior of the new Audi TT, hints have nonetheless been made of styling “so light it almost seems to float”.
The centre console and door trims will feature flowing, matching shapes, with the dashboard resembling the wing of an aircraft from above. The classic Audi TT round air-vents will have a turbine look about them, serving to reduce clutter through incorporating the air conditioning controls.
With the central MMI monitor having been replaced by the Audi virtual cockpit, the new Audi TT features a remarkably streamlined dashboard perfectly suited for such a slick, sporty drive.
Described as a “pedigree sports car...systematically refined in every department, both inside and out”, the new Audi TT will almost certainly be the talk of Geneva. Excited?