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Audi Considering Mid-Engine Layout for Next-Gen TT?

August 01, 2008

AUBURN HILLS, MI – Audi’s next-gen TT may be getting a significant re-design, with a mid-engineplacement if the speculation is true. Now in its second-generation, the TT sitson Volkswagen’s PQ35 platform (shared with the Volkswagen Eos and Tiguan),meaning customers are offered a front-engine chassis with a front- or all-wheeldrive powertrain, according to www.autoblog.com.

Whenstacked against the front-engine BMW Z4 and mid-engine Porsche Boxster/Cayman,the current Audi TT holds its own, but the Ingolstadt engineers realize that if theyswitch to a mid-engine design, like the one found on the Audi R8, balance andhandling will improve.

Plus,Audi’s quattro all-wheel-drive system can be tailored with even more rearwardtorque bias. The third-gen TT, however, isn’t set to debut until 2013.

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