New Audi TT facelift spied testing

The updated Audi TT Coupe and TT Roadster have been spotted with camouflaged bumpers and RS trinkets, ahead of a 2018 launch.

Audi has a facelifted TT in the works, and images obtained by Auto Express of these camouflaged Coupe and Roadster models show they’re already undergoing testing. Both cars are expected to go on sale in the UK later in 2018.

First up is the TT Coupe, which was spotted on a snow-covered road undergoing winter development. Both the front and rear bumpers are camouflaged but the rest of the body can be seen in its natural black paint scheme. The increasingly popular honeycomb mesh grille design features on this TT hardtop test mule, replacing the existing horizontal bar design.

However, given the central dual exhaust design at the rear, this is likely to be the standard TFSI petrol model rather than the fire-breathing TT RS. The tiny alloy wheels aren’t representative of the production car, as this version appears to be running on winter tyres.

In addition, we expect the 2018 cars to feature mildly updated lights front and rear, as well as quality and trim improvements inside. It’s likely Audi will choose to keep the current car’s Virtual Cockpit setup, which replaces the central screen available elsewhere in the model range. Space and practicality will be unaffected.

On closer inspection, you can spot small cameras on the left side of the front and rear bumpers between the lights and wheels. They are likely to be radar-scanning cameras that will further enhance Audi’s semi-autonomous driving technology.

A facelifted TT Roadster has also been caught testing, though this time in more autumnal conditions than the snow-covered coupe. Clad in silver paint, the front and rear bumper camouflage is less discreet, but the blacked-out honeycomb grille design appears once more.

Audi has retained its traditional fabric roof on the updated TT Roadster test mule, which also features a spoiler and diffuser at the back. Again, the central exhausts suggest this is a standard model rather than one of the faster S or RS variants.

In terms of engines, we expect the revised TT to carry over the current range unchanged, possibly with the addition of VW’s 1.5-litre TSI four-cylinder evo unit. With 148bhp it’d represent a new entry point into the TT range, with a lower list price and improved running costs.

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