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Audi shoots down four-door TT rumors

by Ronan Glon

"We’re quite happy with one TT at the moment," Audi said.

Audi has shot down the recent rumors claiming the fourth-generation TT will morph into a four-door sedan with a fastback-like roof line.

"I think the TT is an icon, and to do a family [car] out of that is quite difficult. And especially in these times where we have to concentrate more and more, because we have to do gasoline and diesels on the one side, and electrification on the other side. So you have to concentrate more and more and think about what you can do and what you can afford. So we're quite happy with one TT at the moment," Peter Oberndorfer, Audi's head of communications, told Australian website CarAdvice.

Audi considered turning the TT into a family of models, and it explored what a TT sedan could look like when it designed the TT Sportback concept (pictured) unveiled at the 2014 Paris auto show. The original report wasn't completely unfounded, then. It sounded credible, too. Auto Express allegedly learned the model had already received the green light for production. It was supposed to arrive in showrooms by the end of 2020.

"Where the recent stories came from, I don't know. I don't know about a four-door TT," Oberndorfer affirmed. He stopped short of providing insight into what the future holds for the TT, but he doused cold water on another rumor. The second-generation A1 introduced several months ago won't spawn a hotter S1 variant this time around.

The original S1 was incredibly expensive to build, according to the spokesman, because it was added to the line-up as an afterthought. "It was a great car, I had one in my house, but nowadays we have to focus more and more [on other developments] and it's getting more and more difficult," he explained.