2018 Audi TT facelift leaks online

Two-door TTS gets sportier styling; earlier sightings show lower variants are also due with sportier styling

Leaked images of the updated Audi TT have surfaced online, showing the mild design changes to expect on the facelifted two-door.

Pictures posted on Instagram show that the TTS will get more aggressive styling with an enlarged front splitter and diffuser. Prior to the leak, TT development cars had been seen at the Nürburgring (see gallery) showed that lower variants are also due similar enhancements.

No technical specifications have been released, nevertheless, it’s thought that the car’s engine line-up will remain largely unchanged. It currently comprises a 1.8 TFSI and 2.0 TFSI, as well as 2.0 TDI.

Sales for the diesel model almost halved last year in the UK, representing just 16% of the TT’s overall sales in 2017 of 7767 units, so it’s plausible that this oil burining variant could be dropped.

For the petrols, Audi is likely to focus on improving the efficiency and output of the current powertrains. Even the range-topping TT RS, which uses a turbocharged 2.5-litre five-cylinder engine, is only likely to get mild changes. However, that could include a boost to the current car’s 395bhp – potentially pushing it over the 400bhp mark for the first time.

The latest TT acted as a halo car for the brand’s Virtual Cockpit system when it was introduced. However, the facelifted car is expected to make a smaller stride forward in this area. Interior design is not predicted to change too much.

Although it’s not due on roads until the end of this year, recent sightings of a near-finished-looking development cars and the leaked images suggests Audi is about to reveal its facelifted TT. The current model was launched in 2014 at the Geneva motor show.

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Source: Autocar Online

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