It’s hard to believe that it’s over 20 years since the first
Audi TT wowed the buying public and became an instant icon. Audi has carefully
evolved the design ever since, always keeping purity of line and driving exhilaration
at the forefront. Now the new TTS Roadster is available to order in the UK,
offering the chance to enjoy open-top motoring in one of the most beautiful and
engaging sports cars on the road.
The latest version of the Audi TT, which launched in 2019, saw the introduction of a wider, flatter singleframe grille, larger side air inlets and sculpted sill contour among the evolutionary changes from the previous model. For the performance flagship TTS models, additional features include a full-width front splitter beneath a matt titanium honeycomb grille and a horizontal blade in the front bumper which ends in two vertical winglets within the air intakes. Air outlets beneath the rear lights, a broad diffuser and four round tailpipes underscore the TTS Roadster’s sporting credentials from the rear. Wheels are 18”, with the option of 19” or 20” alternatives. Inside, S sport seats and contrast stitching are standard. The Roadster’s taut-fitting soft top weighs just 39 kilos and can raise or lower at speeds of up to 31mph in just ten seconds.
With a 306hp 2.0-litre TFSI engine, seven-speed dual clutch transmission and (of course) quattro all-wheel drive the acceleration of the TTS Roadster is as exhilarating as its grip is tenacious. 0-62mph takes 4.8 seconds, top speed is electronically limited to 155mph and the Audi magnetic ride adaptive shock absorber system adroitly juggles the contradictory demands of a supple ride with roll-free cornering. Other features include progressive steering, four-link rear suspension and Electronic Stabilization Control.
Both the TTS Roadster and Coupe are equipped as standard with the Audi Virtual Cockpit driver instrumentation module, which features a special Sport display showing engine output, torque and cornering g forces. MMI Navigation Plus, an option on the TT, is standard on the TTS and can be controlled either by touchpad or by an intuitive voice control system. Audi Black Edition and Vorsprung models add further features – in the case of the Vorsprung these include Matrix LED headlights and a Bang & Olufsen Sound System.
Driver assistance systems available for the TTS include Audi side assist, Audi Active Lane Assist, Traffic Sign Recognition and Park Assist with rear-view camera. All these features are standard on the Vorsprung models, while Active Lane Assist is standard across the range.
Verdict: when the original TT came out in 1999, people bought it just for the way it looked. Now, you can buy the latest TTS Roadster in the happy certainty that the way it accelerates, brakes, steers and grips is every bit as impressive as its focused, predatory and hugely appealing design. Style with substance.
The TTS Roadster is available in different versions, known as trim levels. These allow you to choose a version that reflects your preferred styling, driving experience and equipment level. Standard equipment and the choice of options both vary by trim.