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Driven: Audi TT Roadster 2.0 TFSI Review

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Driven: Audi TT Roadster 2.0 TFSI Review

Here is the first drive review of the Audi TT Roadster 2.0 TFSI after Motor Verso were given the opportunity to test out the car on a range of test roads at Millbrook Proving Ground.

What is the Audi TT all about?

The latest generation of the Audi TT is a brilliant redesign. Audi have brought the car right up to the minute with all the updates on the car. I like the use of the strong and angular lines which have been brought in with the latest updates, they help shape the headlights, and humongous grille.

Audi TT 4

The Audi TT Roadster 2.0 TFSI is powered by a 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine that creates 226bhp and 370Nm of torque, this power goes through a 6-speed manual gearbox. The TT can get from 0-60mph in 6.2 seconds and will do an electrically limited top speed of 155mph.

Audi TT 5

How does it drive?

Driving the Audi TT Roadster 2.0 TFSI on a sunny day on this perfect test track was a great way to get to know the sporty roadster. Knowing that Audi do make a more powerful TT in the TTS, I originally set off in the TT thinking it was not going to be very thrilling. To my surprise I was very wrong.

Audi TT 7

The first bit of open road I saw I floored the throttle and the TT was off, I didn’t think 226bhp was going to be enough poke to make the TT come alive, but it is. To improve on that some more, the exhaust note from this 2.0-litre engine was also a very nice surprise. The car has a very encouraging note, and not too loud either.

Audi TT 2

The chassis on the Audi TT Roadster feels very solid and gives the roadster a very planted feel. Testing out all the different cambers on the Alpine track showed off how well setup the suspension of the car is. I really enjoyed throwing the TT around the corners, and even at low speed the car seems to feel rewarding and provide the driver with some real, simple pleasures.

What is it like inside?

Inside the Audi TT the setup is completely focused on the driver. The controls in the central dashboard are very minimal with only 3 large central fans that house the heating controls, and then underneath those are a few essential buttons. Its a very plain and effective design.

 Audi TT 10

The dashboard instruments have been completely digitised allowing Audi to place the information that is normally displayed centrally, on the dashboard. This display looks good and works well.

Audi TT 9

The Experience

Audi have really nailed the driving experience of the Audi TT Roadster; the car gives the full open to the elements experience, it has plenty of poke with a good balance of economy and performance, not to mention the nice exhaust note that puts the icing on the cake.

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Verdict

The updated design of the Audi TT give a completely fresh look to an already solid car. The Audi TT Roadster 2.0 TFSI has never been so thrilling, appealing or capable.

Audi TT 1

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Specification

Audi TT Roadster 2.0 TFSI

  • Price: £32,045
  • Engine: 2.0-litre Turbocharged
  • Power: 226bhp
  • Torque: 370Nm
  • Transmission: 6 Speed Manual
  • 0-62mph: 6.2 Seconds
  • Top speed: 155mph
  • Weight: 1,395kg
  • Economy: 45mpg
  • CO2: 140g/km

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Author: Paul Hadley

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