With the next generation of Audi TT on the horizon, Audi have revealed a final hurrah for the current model in ‘concept’ form and it’s been on a diet. Carhoots has the details.
Behold, the supercar beating Audi TT Ultra Quattro Concept. This big winged TT is a whopping 300kg – or a single American youth holding a hamburger – lighter than the standard Audi TT, yet it retains Audis Quattro all-wheel-drive system which will no doubt give this TT monstrous grip. Power sits at 306hp and 295lb ft of torque from a 2.0liter turbo four-cylinder engine based on the one found in the current TT S.
From a stand still the TT Ultra Quattro will crack 62mph in 4.2 seconds and top out at 173mph. Not too shabby at all, and we think that 0-62 time is pretty underrated because, as we’ve seen before that Quattro system is capable of delivering some pretty mind blowing sprint times which are often well under Audis claims. This pace should place this lightweight special well into supercar territory – the TT Ultra Quattro musters up 275hp per ton remember, that’s GT-R territory.
The weight loss affects literally every part of the TT. The engines mass has been reduced by a staggering 25%. 100kg has been shaved from the body structure, forty-three of those kilograms are saved by using carbon fiber components beneath the skin, and 57kg has been saved by using carbon fiber roof, bonnet, and tailgate panels.
What’s more, weight has also been saved in the suspension design, which utilizes fiberglass components along with carbon ceramic brake discs in order to improve handling and performance significantly.
The interior has been lightened too, the Ultra Quattro ditches the standard TT’s rear seats and borrows some sportier carbon fiber items from the R8 GT supercar which save 22kg alone. But unlike some lightweight specials – we’re looking at you Porsche – the TT Ultra Quattro retains luxuries such as air conditioning, electric windows and even proper door handles – no silly rope door pulls here.
You’ll notice that this car doesn’t have any mirrors, at all. This wouldn’t be a problem for typical Audi owners because they aren’t aware of these useless features, however, the TT Ultra Quattro uses little cameras and screens which serve the same pointless purpose but save more weight, very clever – but probably not ideal for hairdressers.
It’s currently unknown as to whether there will be a production version of this 1111kg featherweight TT, but seriously Audi, it’d be rude not to…
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By Aiden Taylor ( @AidenT_RD )