New TT roadster is pretty, cheap
18 October 2006

After a new drop-top TT? You’re in for a pleasant surprise. Audi's new roadster will be cheaper than expected when it goes on sale in March.

The new TT roadster starts at £26,875 for the 2.0-litre TFSI and rises to £31,535 for the 3.2-litre quattro. A diesel version is also a possibility for 2008, most likely using a 168bhp 2.0-litre unit.

These official pictures have been released ahead of the car’s unveiling at the Los Angeles motor show at the end of November.

In its styling, the roadster remains faithful to the Bauhaus-inspired look of the coupé. You'll also now look as cool as the car when you lower the roof, which is fully automatic. Although the original TT roadster also had an electrically assisted hood, it required some manual effort – you had to unlatch the roof, then get out of the car to fiddle with the tonneau cover.

The cabin remains almost unchanged from the coupé’s, save for optional tan-coloured baseball-glove stitching on the seats – as on the original drop-top.

As well as improving the roof, Audi claims to have improved the roadster's rigidity to eradicate scuttle shake and improve refinement and agility. That means it promises to be as good to drive as the coupe.

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