The latest Audi TT Roadster comes as the third generation of the popular TT series, and is Audi’s rival for the BMW Z4 and Mercedes SLK. Boasting new features and a new design including a more aggressive grille and headlights, the latest TT Roadster takes a big step beyond its predecessors, giving us a nifty little convertible with great road capabilities.
Compared to the coupé version of the TT, the TT Roadster weighs just slightly more and is available with different engines which gives you either maximum performance or better fuel efficiency. If you are looking for less performance and better mileage, you can opt for the diesel engine – a 2,0 liter TDI Ultra with a 6-speed manual transmission, giving 184 hk to the front wheels only. Another alternative is the two liter TFSI engine giving 230 horsepower and 370 Nm, taking the TT Roadster from 0-100 km/h in 5,6 seconds and giving it a top speed of 250 km/h. Further there is the engine you find in the TTS Roadster, giving an output of 310 horsepower reducing the 0-100 km/h time to just 4,9 seconds.
Top Gear claims that while previous TTs have been more about style rather than driving experience, something that allegedly even Audi has confessed themselves, the new TT Roadster gives you more joy behind the wheel. While it does not match that of a Porsche Boxster, it now puts up a good fight to the BMW Z4 and Mercedes’ SLK.
Recently unveiled is the TT RS which comes in the Roadster version as well. Coming with a 2.5 liter turbocharged five-cylinder engine giving 395 bhp, the Audi TT RS is a true sports car. The engine powers all four wheels of the car, and all in all it is able to go 0-100 km/h in just 3,7 seconds. This is a car we are really looking forward to seeing on the roads.
On the inside of the Audi TT you find a state-of-the-art interior which in our meaning boasts one of the best looking dashboards on the market today. Partially thanks to the neat round air vents, and screen located behind the wheel, i.e. Audi’s TFT-display, the ”Virtual cockpit” which gives you speedometer, rev counter, GPS and more. This removes the need of a central display and provides a truly great look for the interior. If you want to drive with the roof down even when the weather isn’t that great, we recommend you fit the TT Roadster with the available heaters which blow hot air on your neck and shoulders. These come in handy even when it is quite hot outside and you get wind blowing in.
The fabric roof of the TT Roadster folds down easily in 10 seconds, and can do so in speeds up to 50 km/h. Whereas the coupé version of the TT has rear seats, the convertible does not. However considering how many convertibles’ rear seats are often almsot too small to use, and the already small size of the coupé’s rear seats, it is not a major issue with the Roadster. Rather, it gives it the possibility for greater boot capacity. The TT Roadster has just 25 liters less boot space than the coupé version – a total of 280 liters.
All in all, there is no doubt that Audi’s new TT is a successful successor to the previous popular TT models. The Audi TT Roadster is sure to satisfy all your needs if you’re looking for a smaller convertible that is fun behind the wheel, with Audi’s reputable quality and some great features to it!