While the basic formula of the TT Roadster hasn’t been changed for this third-generation model, like the new TT Coupe there are some important updates. Firstly, the car rides on the Volkswagen Group’s flexible MQB platform and is powered by the latest EA888 turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder. With this engine, the curb weight of the new TT Roadster is just 2,910 pounds, which is quite impressive for a convertible.
Performance is impressive, too. In TT guise, the new convertible is rated at 230 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque. Step up to the TTS and you’re looking at 310 hp and 280 lb-ft. Transmission options include a six-speed manual and six-speed S tronic dual-clutch. The TTS Roadster equipped with the dual-clutch transmission is the quickest combination, offering 0-62 mph acceleration of 4.9 seconds and a governed top speed of 155 mph.
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Another important update for the new TT Roadster is what’s known as the Audi virtual cockpit, where a single 12.3-inch digital display located behind the steering wheel replaces a car’s standard analog instruments as well as its central display. Everything from the vital statistics on speed and revs to navigation and entertainment functions are displayed through this single system.
This has allowed designers to implement a clean and uncluttered look for the dash. A horizontal control panel is still located in the center column. It features 3D-designed toggle switches that activate the hazard warning lights, the Audi drive select performance enhancer and the assistance functions. Information can also be inputted via the MMI controller wheel’s touchpad.
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As for the roof design, it’s a conventional soft-top and is available in black, titanium gray and something called jive. It takes about 10 seconds to go up or down and can be operated at speeds of up to 31 mph. When down, Audi says the roof doesn’t encroach on the car’s 9.9 cubic feet of trunk space.
Pricing details for the 2016 Audi TT Roadster and TTS Roadster will be announced closer to next year’s sales launch. In the meantime, view the rest of our 2014 Paris Auto Show coverage.