It’s the latest version of the TT, but the convertible version that is arguably more desirable – and lets all and sundry see the wonderful interior of the new-generation car.
The main difference over the upcoming new TT coupe is the roof. The soft top on the new Audi TT and TTS Roadsters can be folded or unfolded in just 10 seconds and while you’re cruising at speeds up to 31mph. Dimensions-wise, the new car is a little more compact that its predecessor, adopts Audi’s angular new design, and features some new wizardry as well.
The TT Roadster’s structure has been strengthened to make up for the lost rigidity, and the car weighs 1,320kg in its base spec. It also comes with a retractable spoiler, which works at speeds above 74mph to make the car more stable by providing some extra kilograms of downforce. Or you’ll be able to press a button to leave it permanently up if you like showing off a little…
The option list is going to be long (it’s an Audi, after all), but there are a few worthy add-ons, like the Matrix LED headlamps first seen on the A8.
What’s under the bonnet?
The range of engines for the TT and TTS Roadsters include a 2.0-litre TDI diesel and a 2.0-litre TFSI petrol unit. In the TT, the former makes 184hp of power and 380Nm of torque, while the 2.0TFSI makes 230hp of power and 370Nm of torque. If you want for more power, then the TTS is what you should be looking at. It uses the 2.0-litre TFSI engine but with an increased maximum output of 310hp and 380Nm.
Audi’s quattro all-wheel-drive system is also available as an option on the petrol version of the TT, but comes standard on the TTS.
The TTS also benefits from the drive-select system, which will let you choose how sensitive the throttle is, and how heavy the steering is. As for the transmission, while the petrol engine comes standard with a six-speed manual gearbox, you can opt for the dual-clutch automatic ‘S tronic’ system from Audi, as well.
It’s also mentioned that the TT is now more enjoyable to drive, and more power is sent to the rear wheels during spirited driving. To prove that, Audi has very kindly included the following statement in the announcement: “Safe, controlled drifts are possible on low-friction surfaces.”
What’s it like inside?
The seats now feature integrated headrests but weigh less than in the previous TT convertible. The S sport seats are available as an option on the TT while they’ll be a part of the standard equipment on the TTS. Rollover hoops are placed just behind the headrests, and electric wind deflector is optional.
The main talking point about Audi TT’s interior is the new virtual cockpit, though. It replaces the analogue instruments with a display that varies according to the drive mode. You can choose to have regular meters, a map, or a larger rev counter. The MMI infotainment system is updated as well – it comes with a touchpad located above the rotary push-button selector. Also, voice control has been been updated with the ability to understand everyday language, usefully.
When can I get one?
The TT Roadster will be launched at the Paris Motor Show, and deliveries in Germany are expected just after that. In the UK, it It will be available to order from November, while the more powerful TTS will arrive in 2015.