Following the redesigned TT coupe and TT Roadster (also set to debut in Paris), as well as the TT Offroad plug-in hybrid concept, the TT Sportback adds another body style to the mix, and a good-looking one at that.
Sportback is Audi-speak for hatchback, and this concept has one of those. However, it’s also got four doors, making it something of a little brother to the A7, and a potential “four-door coupe” competitor to the Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class.
The Sportback features the same rounded roofline and fenders as the two-door TT. Designer seven managed to fit the car;s signature billet fuel filler in.
At the back, things are bit more angular, with a deckled that forms a rear spoiler sitting atop horizontal taillights. Two ovoid exhaust outlets are joined together by a similarly-shaped cutout.
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The driver enters through a door with frameless glass, and is greeted by the same “virtual cockpit” layout found on production TT models, with all gauges and infotainment functions grouped in a cluster ahead of the steering wheel, and a slender, wing-shaped dashboard.
Putting a little bit of extra sport into the Sportback is a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that produces 400 horsepower and 332 pound-feet of torque. It’s connected to a seven-speed S tronic dual-clutch automatic transmission, and Audi’s quattro all-wheel drive.
Audi estimates a 0 to 62 mph time of 3.9 seconds, eclipsing the production TT S coupe’s 4.7 seconds, thanks to all of that extra power.
While Audi hasn’t confirmed the TT Sportback for production, it is reportedly planning to turn the TT into a family of models, just like Toyota has done with the Prius, and Land Rover is doing with the Discovery.
A production Sportback would give Audi buyers a flashier alternative to the A3 sedan, and capitalize on the current infatuation with four-door coupes, so it seems likely we’ll be seeing this one again.