Audi unveiled its TT Offroad concept car to the attendees of the Beijing Auto Show. While that fact may seem inconsequential because, let’s face it, auto shows exist for that very purpose, we have to consider the automaker’s recent implied interest in expanding its lineup. At the North American International Auto Show this past year, Audi surprised everyone with a TT Allroad Shooting Brake concept. With so much emphasis placed on the TT line, it seems apparent that a production model may grace the next automotive event.
A recent article written by Car and Driver confirms our suspicions, for their sources “indicate that the company is seriously considering both for production.” The quattro system may be the only shared quality between the two potential models; their designs have different appeals, and each car offers a unique experience behind the wheel. That provides some latitude within which the company can gauge the potential for one or both models in the market.
The Audi TT Offroad concept is, ironically, not built for actual off-road driving. Executives at Audi explained that it will perform remarkably well on “slippery roads” or while enjoying some “light off-roading.” Though it might fall short of those who purchase an Audi to go “muddin’” – because there’s a lot of them, right? – you will find this vehicle’s strengths in both its power and efficiency. Under the hood is a sophisticated powertrain comprised of an engine and two electric motors: a 2.0-liter TFSI engine cranks out 408 horsepower and 479 lb-ft of torque; one 54 horsepower electric motor is located in the front; a second electric motor in the rear produces 114 horsepower.
According to Audi, when the vehicle engages full EV mode, only the rear motor operates; however, in Hybrid and Sport modes, all three function with the all-wheel drive applying itself when necessary. You can travel up to thirty-one miles on solely electric power, and the TT Offroad concept can be recharged vai a cable or though “Audi Wireless Charging.”
You can read more about the Audi TT Offroad concept from this detailed Car and Driver article.
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