A number of images of Audi's new sports coupe surfaced on a Dutch automotive blog in TTS guise, and while the pictures have not officially been verified as showing the actual vehicle, they certainly appear to be legitimate.
Just a couple of days ago the brand showed a revealing teaser image of the new-generation TT, but the latest shots are considerably more revealing – and they highlight the extent to which the third-generation TT mimics the first-generation model in terms of its styling – particularly that sweeping rear pillar and shallow glasshouse.
The front-end styling is less retro, with a strongly styled six-point grille boasting horizontal slats, a sharp bonnet with Audi's four-ring logo, and large air intakes beneath the car's expected LED headlights and running lights. The sculpted wheel-arches hark back to the original TT,
In profile the new model's lines appropriate the evolutionary look of the new model. A fuss-free swage-line runs from the headlights towards the rear, while the aluminium filler cap on the model seen here is a classic cue.
At the rear of the car, a set of larger tail-lights help the back-end appear more planted. The TTS badge appears to be stuck to the boot-lid, and the rear bumper's lower splitter and quad tailpipes add to its sporting flavour.
The new TT will once again be a relative of Volkswagen's Golf hatchback, as it will be built upon the Volkswagen Group MQB modular underpinnings - which should mean it will shed some weight by incorporating a greater use of lightweight components, including an electric power steering system.
The current TT measures 4198 millimetres long, 1842mm wide and 1342mm tall, and weighs about 1260 kilograms. The new one is not expected to stray too far from those figures.
Engines are expected to remain largely four-cylinder turbocharged units, with suggestions of a 132kW 1.8-litre and a 162kW 2.0-litre, the latter already seen in the Volkswagen Golf GTI. Six-speed manual and six-speed dual-clutch S Tronic automatic gearboxes will likely be offered, with front- or all-wheel-drive also expected. An S model, the TT S, will add more zing with a 2.0-litre turbo producing 221kW of power, while a TT RS with its iconic 2.5-litre five-cylinder turbo producing at least 265kW looking likely for a 2015 launch.
Audi has previously shown the interior of the new generation TT, and the leaked images suggest the company will stay true to the cockpit concept it showed at the Consumer Electronics Show in late 2013.
The above image shows the car's simple dash layout with no central screen, while the driver is treated to a full selectable display behind the steering wheel. The turbine-look air-vents appear to carry over those neat integrated climate control temperature displays, too.
Stay tuned for the upcoming official images and details of the 2014 Audi TT.