Audi Considering Mid-Engine Layout for Next-Gen TT?
AUBURN HILLS, MI – Audi’s next-gen TT may be getting a significant re-design, with a mid-engine
placement if the speculation is true. Now in its second-generation, the TT sits
on Volkswagen’s PQ35 platform (shared with the Volkswagen Eos and Tiguan),
meaning customers are offered a front-engine chassis with a front- or all-wheel
drive powertrain, according to www.autoblog.com.
stacked 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 they
switch to a mid-engine design, like the one found on the Audi R8, balance and
handling will improve.
Audi’s quattro all-wheel-drive system can be tailored with even more rearward
torque bias. The third-gen TT, however, isn’t set to debut until 2013.