This summer a new version of the acclaimed Audi TT Roadster will make it a little easier for sun worshippers to weather the economic storm as they work on the all-important tan. Priced at £23,910 OTR, and due with its first UK customers in April 2009, the new Audi TT slots into the range just below the existing 2.0 TFSI model costing £27,355 OTR, and runs its more familiar relative impressively close both on the equipment checklist and on the move thanks to its all-new 1.8-litre TFSI petrol engine.
Critically acclaimed for its robust performance and level-headed economy in the equally sought-after Audi A3 Cabriolet, the state-of-the-art turbo charged and directly injected 1.8-litre TFSI unit is linked to a six-speed manual transmission without exception, and delivers 160PS and a healthy peak torque output of 250Nm from 1,500rpm right through to 4,500rpm. Liberated as fully as possible by the lightweight hybrid Audi TT body shell, which in the case of the Roadster incorporates 58 per cent aluminium content strategically positioned for optimum weight distribution, the high-tech engine powers the Audi TT Roadster 1.8 TFSI to 62mph in 7.4 seconds. A top speed of 139mph is possible where conditions allow, as is an impressive combined fuel consumption figure of 40.9mpg, equating to CO2 output of 159g/km.
Underpinning the latest Audi TT Roadster is the same advanced suspension configuration that has consistently earned plaudits in the Audi TT for its balance and agility, and in common with other Audi TT models this can be further enhanced at extra cost by the Audi magnetic ride adaptive damping system. 17-inch Y-design alloy wheels connect the high-tech chassis to the road in the new 1.8 TFSI model.
From the comfort of Tetrus cloth-upholstered sports seats, Audi TT Roadster 1.8 TFSI drivers can operate the standard electric windows, powered soft top and powered wind deflector. Incorporating a heated glass rear window, the soft top opens or closes in just 12 seconds, and can be operated at speeds of up to 19mph. Electronic climate control, a Chorus CD audio system and a Driver's Information System (DIS) are also factory fitted.
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