The Audi TT Offroad is a Tech Dream, but Does it Actually Look Good?
With the action beginning to start in China for the Beijing International Automobile Exhibition, Audi has rolled out its star attraction for the show – the Audi TT Offroad Concept. It’s big on power and brimming with technology, but as far as concepts go, is it a car that pushes your buttons? We have our reservations. The TT Offroad is essentially a plug-in hybrid, powered by Audi’s 2.0L TFSI four-cylinder and a pair of electric motors for a system output of 408-horsepower. In Sport mode, it’ll throw down a 0-60 sprint in under 5.2 seconds and sail all the way up to a limited 155 mph. But slot it into EV or Hybrid mode and the beast becomes a 123-mpg fuel sipper. PHOTOS: See More of the 2014 Audi TT Offroad Concept
In EV mode, the TT Offroad sends power to the rear electric motor only, allowing for 31 miles of pure electric driving. The Hybrid mode fires up the 2.0L engine and front electric motor to aid in regeneration and power application, lending performance at the touch of the throttle and economy in light driving.
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The chassis is clever as well. The TT Offroad sits on Volkswagen’s MQB platform with added ground clearance to help with the rough stuff and a low center of gravity to keep performance sharp. Additionally, Audi integrated its Wireless Charging technology into the car, enabling drivers to boost the battery pack when parked over a recharging plate.
Yet, despite all the technology and performance, the design seems a bit too reserved. Is it a handsome car? Yes, of course, it’s even well equipped inside. What it lacks is a smile. All good concepts should make you smile.
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