Following the release of Audi’s third-generation TT Coupe and in time for spring, the TT Roadster has landed in Australia and is available now.
Translating a coupe’s handling ability into drop-top form is never an easy task, however Audi claims it has developed a new design to allow for ‘top-down thrills’ that won’t compromise the car’s sporting ability.
“The design is sophisticated and classically Audi with its convertible soft top; the virtual cockpit demonstrates our progressive technology, and now our new Roadster line-up offers an all-quattro approach – highlighting the focus on sporty dynamics and driver enjoyment,” said Andrew Doyle, Managing Director of Audi Australia.
Powering the TT Roadster is a 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine that produces 169kW of power, and 370Nm of torque. Managing the power to the wheels is a six-speed dual-clutch transmission connected to quattro all-wheel drive. TT Roadster will reach 100km/h in 5.6sec, while maintaining a reasonably frugal 6.7L/100km on the combined cycle.
The new convertible will be equipped with an electric folding soft-top that despite its weight of 39kg, can be opened and closed in 10sec. The task can also be completed at speeds of up to 50km/h, which could be useful in Melbourne’s fickle weather).
Audi TT Roadster is available in Australia in two models; Sport and S line. The more expensive S line includes different interior and exterior styling, leather seats, 19-inch alloy wheels, a digital radio and speaker system and Matrix LED headlights over the already well equipped Sport version.
Audi’s baby sized Roadster will start at $81,500, which may deter some customers, but it is clear that Audi has put a great deal of work into redesigning the TT from ground-up and we look forward to testing how it compares to the well-planted TT Coupe.