Audi has unveiled the new, third generation TT Roadster. The car will make its official global debut at the upcoming Paris Motor Show. This car will be coming in two models – the TT and TTS Roadster. Audi has said that the TT model will be available in UK markets by middle of November and the TTS version will be sold by early next year. TT Roadster has a price range between 31,995 and 37,555 pounds, prices for the TTS are yet to be known.
The new design affords the car a sleek and sporty look. The Roadster boasts of sharp, angular lines combined with an overall rounded shape. The face is dominated by the big trapezoidal grille with seven horizontal lines outlined by chrome. The headlights get two vertical LED slats which act as DRLs and the main beam can either come from a Xenon or LED lamp depending on the model, the new Matrix headlamps can be specified as options. The Audi ‘Four Rings’ sit at the edge of the bonnet instead of the front grille.
The tail lights also get the same design as the front lamps. Side profile is made up of the 10-spoke alloy wheels (which are available in 18 or 19-inches on the TT and TTS respectively) and flared wheel arches. The sporty nature of the car is conveyed by the large air intakes at the front and dual tail pipes integrated in the diffuser at the rear.
The TT Roadster has two four cylinder, turbocharged engine options: 2.0 TDI and 2.0TFSI units. In the Roadster TT, the 2.0litre TDI unit produces 181.4bhp/380Nm of torque and the 2.0litre TFSI petrol gives out figures of 226.7bhp/370Nm of torque. Audi claims that the 2.0litre TDI unit has a fuel efficiency of 65.7mpg (23.5kmpl) and carbon emissions are the segment lowest at 114g/km. The engines can be coupled to a 6-speed manual or S-Tronic twin-clutch transmission based on the model in either front-wheel or Quattro all-wheel drive format.
The top spec and performance oriented TTS Roadster derives power from the same 2.0litre TFSI mill but with output bumped up to 305.6bhp and pulling power ramped up to 380Nm. Performance figures are disclosed for the TTS. 0-100kmph comes up in just 4.9 seconds and top speed is limited to 155mph (250kmph). To aid high speed stability, a rear spoiler available on all variants, is automatically deployed from the top of the boot lid when the car exceeds speed of 74mph (119kmph).
The TT Roadster in based on the MQB platform but with an evolved version of the Audi Space Frame (ASF), the result is that the car has an overall weight of just 1320kgs. The automated fabric roof framework combines magnesium, steel, aluminium and plastic with the whole setup being lighter by 3kgs compared to its predecessor, with a total weight of 39kgs. The roof can remain functional at speeds of up to 49.8kmph and when commanded can expand or retract in 10 seconds.
There are a host of optional assist systems to choose from, they include Audi side assist, Audi active lane assist, park assist and traffic sign recognition. The TT Roadster can be brought in five new exterior colours – Tango Red, Sepang Blue, Nano Grey, Panther black and Crystal Effect.