TT Could Be Saved If It’s Electrified, Audi Technical Boss Says

Just a few days after Audi‘s CEO said the TT could soon be killed off, the German automaker’s technical boss has suggested that there’s a chance the compact sports car will live on.

Speaking with Auto Express at the VW Group’s recent Annual Media Conference, Audi board member for technical development Hans-Joachim Rothenpieler said that he is pushing the company to keep the TT in its family.

“The TT is emotional to us; we’ve been having emotional discussions at the board level. Some people say we should stop it but I say that it’s part of our DNA. We’re fighting for it. We want it. It’s our DNA and that’s what we’re fighting for. I’m going to convince my colleagues on how it can be electrified,” Rothenpieler said.

According to the company’s technical boss, Audi has to update the R8 and TT in the age of e-mobility. Neither of these performance vehicles can continue to exist in their current form, and while others within the company seem willing to let the TT drive off into the sunset, Rothenpieler wants it to stick around.

“We’re involved in discussing this, and these models and RS will need a change into e-mobility. That’s what we’re discussing.

“The e-tron GTis the first step, at the end of 2020; we have to keep our sporty DNA and I think we’re going to see in our discussions on what we’ll still need in terms of combustion engines and what we can transfer into e-mobility right away,” Rothenpieler added.

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  • Kagan

    It lacks looks even if it is better than the first generation.

    I ones tested probably in 2000 the first generation just standard 1,8 litres engine. As I was driving on country road an old 7 series tried to pass me so a put the pedal to the metal and he couldn’t pass me and wips soon after he slowed down, maybe got a problem with his car. I was up at 220 km/h, 136,7 mph.

  • javier

    please no put it out of its mysery

  • Elmediterraneo

    I think that I can’t watch a manufacturer’s press conference anymore because I start to getting sick of all of this electrification bullshit.

  • illogicalPotato

    The car is just too neutral. Not quite sporty enough for a track car, not quite feminine enough anymore for the wife. Not quite low and aggressive enough to pull Cayman sales.. they need to focus it in some way.

  • Vassilis

    That’s a depressing thought…

  • Always loved the TT, but I think the legacy manufacturers that survive the EV revolution are the ones that will have the balls to part with their legacy models and strike into entirely new territory. In every respect. The masses want a new paradigm. Now is not the time to hark back to history.

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