The sports car segment comes (once again) to lose an old friend: the Audi TT. This was confirmed by Bram Scot, president of the House of Representatives at the annual meeting of the brand. Fortunately, the sport will be replaced by another type of “emotional” model with a similar price range, with one difference: the mechanics provided for this future model will be electric, unlike the three engines offered on this side of the market.
Launched at the end of the last century, the coupé based on the platform of the Volkswagen Golf has marked the last two decades for its timeless design, but also for its increased performance. Over the years, the manufacturer has offered the TT in coupe and cabriolet, in addition to adding a V6 engine, several 4-cylinder turbo engines and even the legendary 5-cylinder turbo aboard the TT-RS.
But, as is often the case with sports, sales of the model are in free fall in recent years. What’s more, Audi is clearly turning towards an electric future and the TT is simply no longer part of the brand’s short-term plans. The head has even mentioned the R8 in its reflection, although no decision on the future of the exotic has yet been taken car cover.
As for this replacement of the TT, the manufacturer remains elusive on what awaits the public, but it is allowed to believe that the architecture of the Volkswagen ID3 could possibly be used by the division with the four rings for the development of this sport model to come up. We will see in a few years, the priority of the brand which is of course to accelerate the electrification of its range, especially large-scale models, which is not the case of future TT – let’s call it so for the moment – electric!
Audi A4 2020: new appearance and even hybrid technology
The automaker Audi has lifted the veil on the new version of its popular A4 ranges this week. Appearing in its current form for the 2017 model year, the Audi A4 receives its first mid-term changes and even though, at the time of writing, the information about the Canadian model has not been revealed, it is safe to believe that the new A4 will be here in the autumn of 2019, as a 2020 model, as is the case on the European market. Unless his arrival is delayed in the winter of 2020. We’ll see in a few months.
On the menu, the traditional rhinoplasty is worthy of mention, the grille is overlooked by this false air intake at the base of the hood. The optical blocks are also new bill, as the cutting of the bumper. It’s the same thing in the back with a renewed signature of the position lights and the bumper too. The division with four rings of course unveiled all variants of its European range, which includes, in addition to the sedan, the family A4 Avanti, not to mention the A4 All road and liveries S4 and S4 Avanti. Barring a turnaround, the North American market should continue with the A4 sedan, the S4 sedan and the A4 All road.
It is too early to know the specifications of power trains for our territory, but for our neighbors in the Old Continent, the three liveries equipped with gasoline engines come from office with a light hybrid system of 12 volts, which, according to according to the brand, reduce consumption by 0.3 liters per 100 km. Will the North American A4 be equipped with this technology when it comes to us? Audi has also unveiled its new S4 which, for the occasion, is flanked by a V6 turbo diesel engine on the European continent. But with the reputation of TDI engines in North America, the S4 sedan is guaranteed to keep its V6 turbocharged 354 horsepower.
Inside, the engineers reworked the MMI entertainment system housed inside this 10.1-inch wide screen, which would be easier to use, especially in terms of navigation. Consumers may have an attraction for utilities these days, but sedans such as the Audi A4 (let’s not forget the A4 All road in the equation) have largely helped to establish the builder in North America , especially in Canada where vehicles equipped with all-wheel drive are very popular. The future of the A4 range is therefore not threatened on this side of the Atlantic Ocean.
An Audi e-torn GTR to replace the R8?
Like almost all divisions of the Volkswagen Group, the Audi manufacturer is turning towards electric propulsion, the arrival of the utility e-torn being only the beginning of the story. In the near future, several other fully electric vehicles will be available in the brand’s showrooms. This 180-degree turn has implications for the most exotic car in the range, the Audi R8. Indeed, the only variant to be equipped with an atmospheric V10 engine is threatened with extinction, not only because of its large engine capacity, but also because the concept has aged, and it is time to turn the page.
The good news is that senior management does not intend to leave this niche for the worlds best-off. The British magazine Car also says in a text published earlier this week that a replacement is in the development phase and it would be called Audi e-torn GTR. And for those who would worry about the performance aspect of this future silent racing car, know that this exotic future will be even faster to shoot down the 0-100 km / h, the publication that speculates on a time slightly over 2 seconds for reach top speed on most of our Canadian highways.
Car magazine says that its sources in Ingolstadt have already confirmed the presence of a trio of electric motors and a battery with a capacity of 95 kWh. The total power of the car would be 650 horsepower, while the range between refills would reach 300 miles (or 483 km). In authentic Audi dedicated to the performance, the wheel would be integral type. Finally, the magazine announces the arrival of this e-torn GTR by 2022, which coincides with the end of the cycle of the venerable R8.