What is it?
The new TT Roadster, the drop-top version of Audi's iconic sportster. This is the 3.2-litre V6 version, which comes with standard Quattro four-wheel drive.
What's it like?
Even in pouring rain that prevents us from driving with the hood down, the new Roadster looks expensive. It might have lost the purity of the old car's design, but it now seems more sophisticated.
It is: the spaceframe body is a clever weight-saving blend of 58 per cent aluminium and 42 per cent steel. Model for model, it weighs 75kg less than the old car.
Inside, it feels less like a concept car made real, but a bit more comfortable. The cabin is easily the best in the class. But then the TT always felt special, until you drove it. Not any more. The steering is linear and accurate, if still not especially communicative, and the chassis is a whole heap better. There's tons of grip, too.
We tried both a dual-clutch S-Tronic version without Magnetic Ride (a £1150 option), and a manual car with the trick dampers. Magnetic Ride works well – leave it off and you have surprisingly comfortable cushioning on motorways and B-roads; switch it on and you get a much tauter set-up.