Audi offer double helping of Roadster

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The eye-catching Audi TT Roadster and TTS Roadster will be unveiled at the Paris Motor Show, but it won’t be until early 2015 that they will hit these shores.

The eye-catching Audi TT Roadster and TTS Roadster will be unveiled at the Paris Motor Show, but it won’t be until early 2015 that they will hit these shores.

The Irish equipment and pricing will be announced shortly, however.

The compact two-seater sets new standards in a number of areas. A particular highlight in the third TT generation is the Audi virtual cockpit.

Won awards

For the first time, the digital instrument cluster provides all information within the driver’s field of vision.

This has already led to the TT’s new display and control system receiving the Car Connectivity Award and the honour of Interior Innovation of the Year at the Automotive Interiors Expo Awards.

The TT Roadster combines the dynamic ride of a sports car with the driving experience of an open top two‑seater. The basis for this consists of struts in the underbody and body that considerably improve the torsional rigidity and the ride comfort.

The car is sporty, compact and low-slung. The front conveys power and energy. Similar to the Audi R8, the Singleframe grille is wide and flat – the four rings are positioned on the hood in the style of a high-performance sports car.

As with all Audi cabriolet models, the new TT Roadster and the TTS Roadster also feature an electrically actuated fabric top, which is available as standard in black, titanium gray and jive.

Lighter

With parts made from magnesium, aluminum, steel and plastic, the soft top weighs just 39 kilograms. It is three kilograms lighter than its predecessor, which has a positive impact on the gross weight and the centre of gravity of the vehicle.

The electric drive with the two electric motors performs opening and closing in 10 seconds at speeds of up to around 50 km/h.

The body of the TT Roadster and the TTS Roadster represents a new evolution of the Audi Space Frame (ASF) based on the modular transverse matrix (MQB). Ultra-high-strength components made from hot-shaped steel reinforce the front section and the passenger compartment floor. The passenger compartment and all outer skin and attachment parts are made of the classic semi-finished aluminium products cast node, extruded profile and sheet metal.

The engines

The TT Roadster will be launched with two turbocharged four-cylinder engines, a TDI and a TFSI. A powerful TFSI ensures efficient drive in the TTS Roadster.

With power outputs between 184hp and 310hp, they clearly surpass the respective predecessor engines in terms of power, while significantly undercutting them with regard to consumption.

The quattro permanent all-wheel drive has been fully redeveloped. It is optionally available in combination with the 2.0 TFSI engine in the TT Roadster and is fitted as standard on the TTS Roadster.

Sales

Audi in Ireland sold more than 4,000 vehicles for the year-to-date. This is the first time Audi achieved this milestone since 2008. It took a 33.5% share of the premium car market year-to-date.