Audi will show its new TT and TTS Roadsters to the Paris motor show.
The third generation TT Roadster continues a tradition started in 1994 with the original Audi TT and the two-seater showcases Ingolstadt’s virtual cockpit.
The new Roadster is 21mm shorter than, 10mm narrower and its height is down by 3mm compared with its predecessor although its wheelbase is longer by 37mm to create that little extra breathing space in the cabin. The Roadster’s design is informed by the TT Coupe launched earlier this year at the Geneva motor show and shows off sharper styling and a more muscular form. At speeds above 120kph a spoiler is automatically extended from the bootlid.
The roadsters’ bodies are an evolution of Audi’s lightweight ‘space frame’ based on the MQB platform that also underpins the A3 hatchback and Volkswagen’s Golf 7. Compared with the body of the Coupe, however, the Roadster’s been modified in a number of ways. Aluminium A pillars each conceal a second steel pillar that houses a solid steel tube for extra strength and rigidity. V-shaped steel struts reinforce the areas beneath the engine and luggage compartments and connect the axle carriers.
As with all Audi Cabriolets, the new TT and TTS roadsters are fitted with an electrically operated fabric roof, offered in three colours. Constructed from magnesium, aluminium, steel and plastic, the roof weighs just 39kg and is 3kg lighter than the roof used on the outgoing TT. At the touch of a button, the roof folds into a flat package that is stowed in the aluminium tray where it doesn’t encroach on the 280-litre luggage space. The roof can be opened and closed in 10 seconds at speed up to 50kph.
Inside the cabin, the instrument panel is said to be fully focused on the driver and there are two variants of the new multifunction steering wheel. The redesigned MMI terminal features just six buttons by which to access the car’s functions and options, while the MMI touchpad on top of the rotary push-button is also being used. Information is displayed on a 12.3-inch screen split over two levels.
At its Parisian launch, the TT Roadster will be offered with two turbocharged four-cylinder engines – a TDI and TFSI with outputs ranging from 135kW/380Nm for the entry 2.0-litre diesel to 228kW/380Nm from the 2.0 TFSI powering the TTS. A manual six-speed transmission is standard; the dual-clutch six-speed S-tronic is optional.
Expect other Audi standards such as its drive select system, the S line sports package and magnetic ride to also feature on this TT’s list of options. Further details will be announced at the Paris motor show, starting October 2.