Since its debut the Audi TT has stirred emotions and imitations with its daring looks, just as fresh now as when introduced just over a decade ago. The Roadster is even more image-conscious, and in recognition of that, Audi is reportedly considering a downsize for the drop-top's engine to a 1.8L TFSI unit.

The smaller four-pot generates 160hp (119kW) and still manage to get the little roadster around with pep, though it wouldn't have any pretensions to the true sportiness of its hard-top sister.

Efficiency benefits will outweigh the loss in performance for many buyers, with fuel efficiency topping 34mpg US (6.9L/100km) in the combined cycle, and 0-62mph (100km/h) times still in the 7.4-second range.

The new car will cost £23,910 on the road in the UK, or about $34,550. It's due to hit the streets in Great Britain in April, with likely sale throughout Europe as well. No word yet on whether the car will make it to the U.S., but given the increasing globalization of model lines, it is possible.

On the other hand, America's taste for displacement knows few limits, so it's equally possible we'll only be able to wonder what the little roadster is like from afar.