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Audi reveals the TT Ultra Quattro Concept

Lighter weight shows promise for next gen model...

Audi has revealed the lightweight TT Ultra Quattro Concept, to be shown for the first time at the Worthersee tuning show in early May. Aiming to be a showcase for future weight saving technologies, the  TT UQC gives hints that the next generation TT; due in 2014, will be much lighter than the current car and much more focused as a result of that weight reduction.

According to Audi the TT UQC "sharpens the TT's focus" and has been designed for "minimum weight and maximum sportiness" – good news for those who still regard the TT to be a second-rate sports car (though those people clearly haven’t driven a TT-S or –RS as they’re really rather good).

The TT UQC benefits from lots of weight saving measures, mainly from the use of carbon fibre in many places including the rear end, B-pillars, roof, centre tunnel and wheels, while magnesium has been used for the floor and hinge reinforcement areas. There are also engine weight savings too, with a modified crankcase, crankshaft, balancer shafts, flywheel, sump and even bolts giving a 25 kg saving. These all add up to the TT UQC weighing 1100 kg – around 300 kg less than the current production TT. Using a tuned version of the TT-S’s 2.0 litre four cylinder turbo engine producing 310 bhp it means the TT UQC has a power to weight ratio of 279 bhp/tonne – much more than the TT-RS’s 235. This results in 0 – 62 mph taking 4.3 seconds and a 173 mph top speed.

Visually the modified TT gets a new single piece grille mimicking the shape of the grille on the new RS6, while there is a carbon fibre ventilated bonnet and black roof. The aforementioned alloy wheels are a new design and there’s a larger carbon rear wing sitting above a new rear bumper featuring a lightweight exhaust system exiting in the centre.

Images courtesy of Audi GmbH

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About Tim Oldland

Contributing Editor - Long time petrolhead, automotive design engineer and journalist. Also Social Media Manager for the ecurie25 Group - www.ecurie25.com Tim has worked in the automotive sector for many years, but has been a fan of anything with 2 or 4... read more