8S Audi TT Roadster unveiled: 228kW TTS due early 2015

Audi has unveiled the third generation TT Roadster ahead of its public debut at the 2014 Paris Motor Show.


Like previous generations of the TT Roadster, the new 8S features an electronically operated folding soft-top. The new roof is 3kg lighter than before and tips the scales at just 39kg. It stores itself away in a special aluminium tray, so as not to reduce the 280L worth of boot space any further.

Audi claims that the soft top can open and close in 10 seconds, and works at speeds up to 50km/h. The acoustic top and its thick layer of fleece in the headlining is said to make the car 6dB quieter than before.

Tech available on the new TT and TTS Roadster includes matrix LED headlights, which can block out specific clusters to shield oncoming traffic from headlight glare.

TT Roadster buyers have the choice between a 2-litre turbo-diesel and a 2-litre turbo petrol, while the TTS comes fitted with a more powerful 228kW version of the latter engine and all-wheel drive as standard. The TT rides on 17-inch alloys, while 18-inch wheels are standard on the TTS.

The TT Roadster goes on sale in October in Germany, with prices starting at €37,900. The TTS will enter showrooms from early 2015.

Dimensions

Length: 4,177mm (-21mm compared to the 8J TT Roadster)
Width: 1,832mm (+10mm)
Height: 1,355mm (-3mm)
Wheelbase: 2,505mm (+21mm)
Boot space: 280L

Power, performance, fuel economy

TT – 2.0 TDI Ultra
Engine: 2-litre turbo-diesel
Power: 135kW (184hp)
Torque: 380Nm (280 lb-ft)
Fuel economy: 4.3L/100km
CO2 emissions: 114g/km

TT – 2.0 TFSI
Engine: 2-litre turbocharged petrol
Transmissions: 6-speed manual, 6-speed dual-clutch
Power: 169kW (230hp)
Torque: 370Nm (273 lb-ft)
Fuel economy: 6.0L/100km (manual), 6.7L/100km (DSG)
CO2 emissions: 140g/km (manual), 154g/km (DSG)
Weight: 1,320kg (manual)

TTS – 2.0 TFSI
Engine: 2-litre turbocharged petrol
Drive: all-wheel drive (Quattro)
Power: 228kW (310hp)
Torque: 380Nm (280 lb-ft)
0-100km/h: 4.9 seconds
Top speed: 250km/h (electronically limited)
Fuel economy: 6.9L/100km
CO2 emissions: 267g/km


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