What is it?
The hottest version of Audi’s fabric-roofed TT. Like its coupe sister, the roadster S gets a highly tuned version of the familiar Volkswagen group 2.0-litre TFSI petrol engine, with drive supplied to all four wheels via a Haldex clutch on the back axle. Suspension has also been uprated and the Roadster S gets a unique bodykit.
The headline figures are 269bhp and 5.6-second 0-62mph time. That’s better than the standard, 2.7-litre version of the Porsche Boxster – but the Audi is also more expensive than its ultra-desirable rival. That’s a brave – or possibly foolish - decision on Audi’s part.
What’s it like?
A curious combination of the brilliant and underwhelming. The engine is the highlight of the experience – torquey, happy to rev and almost completely free of the sort of lag you might expect to afflict a turbocharged engine with this sort of per-litre output.
The optional quick-shift gearbox of our test car was a pleasure to use too, swapping ratios with a precision and speed to make the extra investment required for the full-spec twin-clutch DSG look like relatively poor value.