L.A. is the premier event for showcasing convertibles, so we’re not surprised that Audi waited until now to unveil the roadster version of its new TT. Featuring a canvas soft-top roof, the drop-top TT will be ready for sale midway thorough next year and sticks to the design philosophy of the original.
Not only is weight reduced by avoiding a complicated folding metal hardtop, the TT Roadster’s centre of gravity is also lowered and the canvas top takes less boot space when folded than its metal counterpart. Standard models still receive a manual-folding top with a single-latch release mechanism, while top-of-the-line versions use a power-operated top. The roof takes roughly 12 seconds to move into place and it can be operated at speeds of up to 30km/h.
Engineers added reinforcements to the car’s aluminum and steel frame, including a new bulkhead housing pop-up roll bars. More reinforcement in the form of steel tubing runs around the windshield and A-pillars. Audi claims that the new Roadster is twice as stiff as the previous model. Buyers can opt between a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder or a 250hp 3.2 V6 with 236lb-ft of torque and Quattro AWD. Transmission options include a conventional six-speed manual or Audi’s S-tronic dual clutch gearbox.