The final release of the TT sharpened its looks to emphasise the ever-more sporting handling characteristics. The Roadster boasts a practical and lightweight fabric roof that folds and disappears behind the driver in under 10 seconds.
All TT Roadsters ride on stylish alloy wheels, with the S Line trim upgrading the 18-inch rims to 19-inches. The S Line trim also adds a body styling package, and to complete the more aggressive look you can also have the ride height lowered by 10mm.
A cute rear spoiler on the tail deploys and retracts at a set speed or manually at the touch of a button, while bright Xenon headlights and LED daytime running lights illuminate the road ahead.
No doubt about it, the TT Roadsters’ interior has the wow factor. It’s exquisitely well-built from premium materials throughout, with a minimalist design which emphasises that the focus is on driving. Both trim levels feature a sporty flat-bottomed steering wheel that you can adjust to find the perfect driving position, air conditioning and Alcantara/leather upholstery on the front seats.
There’s a conveniently-shaped boot with ample space for shopping trips or a couple of weekend bags. Some vehicles will have been built with the optional wind deflector to reduce draughts in the interior, so you’ll look as poised on arrival at your destination as you did when you set out of the door. Some even had a microphone added to the driver’s seatbelt so you can still be heard while taking hands-free calls with the roof down.
The TT Roadster features the impressive Audi Virtual Cockpit, which replaced the traditional analogue dials with a giant 12.3-inch TFT screen that displays everything from speed and revs to phone and audio information.
Audi’s MMI radio system is fitted as standard and can be controlled with both a rotary dial and touch-sensitive pad. It’s ready to be paired with your Bluetooth®-enabled smartphone so you can stream music from the internet and create a perfect soundtrack. Satellite navigation was also available as an option as part of the Technology pack, offering detailed three-dimensional directions via the Virtual Cockpit.
The TT Roadster comes with many safety features as standard, including front impact airbags, Cruise Control and a tyre pressure loss indicator to let you know if you have a slow puncture.
The full engine line-up from the TT Coupé was carried across to the Roadster, giving three four-cylinder units. If you prefer petrol, there are turbocharged 1.8 and 2.0 TFSI engines with 178bhp and 227bhp respectively. The 1.8 will sprint to 60mph in under 7.2 seconds, while the 2.0-litre is around a second faster.
The 2.0 TDI ‘Ultra’ diesel option is fractionally (and we mean fractionally) slower away from the lights, but muscular mid-range torque means in-gear acceleration makes overtaking easy. Extremely impressive 121g/km CO2 emissions will appeal if you’re buying a company car, especially once you hear it can achieve over 60mpg.
An optional six-speed S tronic gearbox is available in the 2.0 TFSI, which can also be combined with Audi’s legendary quattro all-wheel drive system to improve grip and handling even further.
Audi drive select means you can alter the driving manners of the TT Roadster to suit the occasion, subtly changing the throttle and steering responses. Comfort mode will make longer drives less tiring and Dynamic mode tightens up the handling to make the most of twisting roads.
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