£53,550 Price range
The Audi TT RS Roadster is the fastest version of the TT convertible. Its monumental performance comes courtesy of a 400hp five-cylinder engine under the bonnet that powers all four wheels for dizzying acceleration. It rivals other drop-tops with the speed turned up to eleven such as the Porsche 718 Boxster, Ford Mustang GT Convertible, and the Mercedes-AMG SLC43.
Inside, the new TT RS keeps the same layout and features as the standard TT meaning the three air vents, mounted in the middle of the dashboard also house the climate controls. The minimalistic interior design continues with Audi’s Virtual Cockpit in place of the dials and a flat-bottomed leather-trimmed steering wheel with an engine start button not too dissimilar to the one in the R8 supercar.
Unlike the TT RS coupe, the roadster doesn’t have rear seats – all the space is now taken by the retractable fabric roof. Up front, however, there’s plenty of space and the driving position is spot on for a sports car. The boot isn’t really big but, considering two-seater sports cars aren’t all about practicality, the TT RS Roadster is decent in this regard.
One nice touch on the TT RS Roadster is the microphones integrated into the seat belts, ensuring phone calls can be taken with the roof down, without compromising sound quality. The fabric roof itself can be folded at speeds of up to 31mph.
The new TT RS is powered by turbocharged 2.5-litre, five-cylinder engine with 395hp – enough to launch the roadster from 0-62mph in 3.9 seconds. There are several driving modes meaning the quattro all-wheel-drive system and lowered suspension can be set to either comfort, dynamic or individual settings using a steering-wheel-mounted button. A flap installed in the exhaust system opens when dynamic mode is selected, increasing the volume of that wonderful five-cylinder engine.
Audi has confirmed the new TT RS will go on sale in Europe in autumn 2016. In the meantime why not have a look at the slightly tamer Audi TTS Roadster to see how much you could save by buying it with carwow.
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