The sun trap of choice for British motorists this summer could well be a highly cost-effective new version of the Audi TT Roadster, combining the timeless design of the two existing Roadster models with a generous helping of their equipment and performance for an exceptional OTR price of £21,450.
Commenting on the new addition to the range, Director of Audi UK Kevin Rose said: "We wanted to make it even easier for sports car enthusiasts to access the Audi brand, while retaining the core qualities which have made the TT such a runaway success in Britain. We know that this new version of the TT Roadster will achieve that aim, and in the process will reinforce the already world leading demand for TT in the UK."
The latest TT Roadster is powered by a 150PS version of the same 1.8-litre turbo charged four-cylinder engine used by the existing models, enabling it to accelerate to 62mph from rest in 8.9 seconds and reach a 133mph maximum speed. Power is transmitted via a five-speed manual gearbox, and channelled through the front wheels, which are kept in check by Electronic Differential Lock (EDL) traction control and the Electronic Stability Programme (ESP).
The TT Roadster range in the UK continues to include 180PS quattro and 225PS quattro models costing £26,350 and £29,050 respectively. In the autumn of 2003 the line-up will expand again to include a new 3.2 quattro version powered by a sophisticated V6 petrol engine with 250PS, and available with Audi’s acclaimed new Direct Shift Gearbox (DSG).
Inspired by motor racing technology, this remarkable new transmission system offers all the advantages of a sporting close ratio manual gearbox and a slick shifting automatic, with none of the pitfalls of either. Featuring twin automated clutches, it permits exceptionally rapid, 0.02 second manual gear changes via the gear lever or steering wheel paddles, with no interruption to the flow of engine power, yet it can also behave like a more traditional automatic shift for more relaxed urban driving. Equipped with this transmission system, the TT Roadster 3.2 quattro will be capable of accelerating to 62mph in around 6.5 seconds, and where permissible will be able to reach a maximum speed in excess of 150mph.
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