New Audi TT will be an electric sports car

Our exclusive images shows how all-electric Audi TT could look

Audi has confirmed that the next-generation TT will be an all-electric sports car. The news comes from Audi chairman Bram Schot, who told the firm’s annual general meeting that the current TT would be replaced with an electric variant “in a few years”.

Also confirmed were the manufacturer’s targets for further electrification of its model range. The only electric car in Audi’s current line-up is the e-tron SUV but by 2025 the German carmaker is aiming for 40% of all its sales to be of electric models, with the aim to be carbon neutral by 2050.

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After much speculation that it could be discontinued, the future of the TT as an electric car is now a part of the firm's future plans. "In a few years, we will replace the TT with a new emotive model in the same price range: with an electric car," commented Schot, while leaving the future of the firm’s R8 supercar in doubt.

"As I said, focusing also means leaving out. For example, the R8 sports car. Do we need a successor with a combustion engine? Does this fit in with our vision? The discussion will give us an answer to that."

Speaking earlier this year to our sister title Auto Express, Audi’s board member for technical development, Hans-Joachim Rothenpieler confirmed that he is personally attempting to ensure Audi retains a two-door model in its range.

“At Audi, we need cars like the two-door TT,” Rothenpieler said. “It is in the DNA of our brand. I’m really fighting for this car and I’ll try to convince my colleagues that we have to do it.

“But there is a second point, a second story. We have to move all of those cars, like the TT, into an electrified future. The current status with this car and its platform is that it is prepared only until EU7 [even tougher emissions regulations that could be in force by 2021].

“We have started a discussion now about what’s happening after that point, but there’s also another debate, which I actually believe is significantly more important, on how to have cars like the TT with electric technology. We need answers to both of these issues.”

Rothenpieler elaborated by confirming that discussions on the future of the TT include electrification, with the potential for both a plug-in hybrid and pure-electric variants. Our exclusive render images show how a pure-electric Audi TT could look. Rothenpieler indicated that Audi is already considering potential battery layouts.

“For cars like the TT, the battery in the floor is a problem,” he said. “Normally in a pure-electric car, you have a wheel at each corner and the battery pack in the centre, and the pack is 12 or 13 centimetres tall. But this makes the base of the seating point higher.

“So for small, sporty cars with only two seats, we need a different concept – such as one bit of the battery in the centre of the car and another bit in front of the front wheels, or behind the rear wheels. Either way, we end up splitting the battery. And that’s what we’re looking at for these iconic cars. That’s a solution that could work, perhaps.”.

While the Audi boardroom discussions include the R8, the future of the iconic supercar is far from certain with Rothenpieler saying: “It’s the same with the R8, really. We have been talking about the R8 and the TT, but when we presented the e-tron GT, it’s an iconic car as well, a real statement. For me, the e-tron GT was the first step towards having an electrified car with Audi Sport RS in its DNA.

“It’s a bit bigger, that car, so it was still possible to use the normal battery layout. But if we talk about R8 then yes, we have to divide the battery system, in the same way as we have to with the TT.”

Do you want to know more about the current Audi TT? Then check out our review, or to see how it compares to its rivals, check out our picks for the best sports cars you can buy in 2019.

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