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Audi unveils new TT Roadster

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Audi has released the first images of its new TT Roadster. This compact two-seater convertible shares the sharp lines of the new TT Coupe, but lets driver and passenger enjoy the wind-in-the-hair experience too.

The new TT Roadster takes on a sharper new look, though it still resembles its sleek, compact predecessors. In its new iteration the TT Roadster has shrunk 2cm in length, though the wheels are 4cm further apart, and is slightly lower and narrower, for a sportier look.

The roadster will be available with a turbocharged 2.0-litre 227bhp petrol engine – with the option of ‘Quattro’ four-wheel drive – along with a 182bhp 2.0-litre diesel engine and the 306bhp petrol motor in the four-wheel drive TTS model. All versions should provide strong performance, with even the slowest diesel model taking just 7.3 seconds to hit 62mph, while still being capable of 65.7mpg, and the TTS blasting past 62mph in just 4.9 seconds.

Prices for the TT Roadster range from £31,955 to £37,555. Two specification levels will be available – Sport and S Line – which both include an automatic hood, digital dials, xenon or LED headlights and Alcantara and leather sports seats. There are also now 10 exterior colours for buyers to choose from.

The new digital dials will replace dedicated speedometer and rev counter gauges with one 12.3-inch screen, which has two modes; a conventional mode showing the speedometer and rev meter large, and a second mode which prioritises auxiliary information like the sat nav map, while shrinking the other dials

The updated TT Roadster should also provide a smoother ride, with better sound and heat insulation from its fabric roof. The roof requires just 10 seconds to open or close and can be operated at up to 31mph. Thanks to its lighter weight and progressive steering, which gets more precise the more you turn the wheel, the new car should also provide improved agility around corners, as well as lower fuel consumption.

Least expensive in the new line up is the 2.0 TDI ultra Sport which weighs in at £31,955, followed by the 2.0 TFSI Sport at £32,045. Four-wheel drive and an automatic gearbox add £2,960 to the price of the petrol, while S line trim adds a further £2,550.

The TT Roadster will be available to order from mid-November with the first cars being delivered in March 2015. Orders for the more powerful TTS Roadster will open in early 2015 with deliveries starting in the second quarter of the year. 

Author: Christofer Lloyd


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