After last week’s official unveiling, the 2015 Audi TTS Roadster finally dropped its top in the French capital with the occasion of the 2014 Paris Motor Show. The new vehicle arrives with a 2.0-liter TFSI petrol engine that generates 310 hp (228 kW) and 380 Nm (280 lb-ft) of torque. As a result, it accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 4.9 seconds, while top speed is 250 km/h or 155 mph.
The engine is offered as standard with a manual six-speed transmission, but as an option Audi offers the six-speed S tronic dual-clutch automatic transmission. Power is delivered to the road via the 18-inch wheels wrapped in 245/40 tyres and the Quattro permanent all-wheel drive.
Just like its predecessor, the TTS Roadster arrives with a fabric top that features parts made out of magnesium, aluminum, steel as well as plastic and has a total weight of 39 kg (86 lb). The design is not so new as we already seen the TTS Coupe earlier this year.
Inside, the vehicle arrives with the next-generation digital instrument cluster that consists of a 12.3-inch display that offers a very interesting infotainment mode that focuses on theme such as the navigation map.
There are no details regarding the price yet, but we do know that the 2015 Audi TT Roadster starts at 37,900 in Germany, which means that the new TTS Roadster will be a little bit more expensive.
The success story of the Audi TT commenced two decades when the premium carmaker started developing the first model. While the original TT was a coupe, the initial design was a roadster. Back then, the main motif was the circle, with the arcs around the front and rear wheel arches having contrast horizontal lines. This styling allowed the TT and TT Roadster to earn a reputation as a design icon, serving a dynamic force driver for the brand’s further development.
Now, the third generation of the Audi TT Roadster offers a compact yet dynamic stance. It is slightly larger than the original TT, with a length of 4,177 mm (13.7 ft.), a width 1,832 mm (6.0 ft.) and a height of 1,355 mm (4.4 ft.).
Featuring short front and rear overhangs, the new TT Roadster has a wheelbase of 2,505 mm (8.2 ft). Compared to its predecessor, the new TT Roadster is more compact – minus 21 mm (0.8 in) in length and minus 10 mm (0.4 in) in width. However, its wheelbase is longer by 37 mm (1.5 in). Meanwhile, the TTS Roadster is slightly longer and a bit lower than the TT Roadster.
Audi is confident that customers and experts alike will warmly welcome the new Audi TT Roadster, as shown by the two awards received by the TT Coupe just after its debut. These awards were both sponsored by German Design Council – the "Innovation of the Year" in the "Automotive Brand Contest" as well as the "German Design Award" in the category "Transportation and Public Design" category.
The new Audi TT Roadster was influenced by some design cues from the original TT Roadsters. These cues include muscularly arched shoulders, seemingly superimposed wheel arches, and the light-refracting edge on the side sills. The front wheel arch meets with the edge of the bonnet, and then runs over the door as a shoulder line. On the rear end, the new TT Roadster features integrated tail lights as well as side-by-side tailpipes of the exhaust system.