What Is It?
The 2016 Audi TT Roadster is the convertible version of Audi's highly stylized sports car. TT Roadsters forgo the coupe's rear seats in lieu of storage for the power-folding soft-top. Base and high-performance versions are available.
What's New About This Model?
Looking to capture some of the wow the first Audi TT had when it hit the market 15 years ago, the 2016 TT Roadster brings a sharp new shape, lower overall weight and, on the TTS, a powerful 310-horspower turbocharged engine driving all four wheels.
When Does It Go on Sale?
The 2016 Audi TT coupe goes on sale in mid-2015 and the roadster is expected to go on sale around the same time.
How Much Does It Cost?
As is expected from a car this far away from production, we don't have exact pricing on the 2016 Audi TT. The 2015 TT Roadster starts at $44,245 and the TTS brings in $52,595. Expect those numbers to climb a bit for 2016.
How Many Body Styles and Trim Levels Are There?
There are two body styles and two trim levels available for the 2016 Audi TT. It is available in both a coupe and convertible and in TT and TTS trims. For your extra money, the TTS not only supplies more horsepower, but is available with adaptive sport suspension and Audi's Quattro all-wheel drive.
What Kind of Engines and Transmissions Does It Have?
The 2016 Audi TT will be available with either a 2.0-liter gasoline engine producing 230 hp or a 2.0-liter diesel good for 184 hp and 280 pound-feet of torque. It will be available with optional all-wheel drive, but front-drive is standard. Transmission options include a six-speed S Tronic Dual Clutch or a traditional six-speed manual. Though the manual may not make it to our shores.
The TTS has the same transmission options, but only has one engine-powertrain combination: a 2.0-liter four-cylinder that makes 310 hp and 280 lb-ft of torque.
What Unique Features Does It Offer?
As is the fashion these days, Audi has ditched the traditional needle-and-dial instrument cluster and the big center screen in favor of a 12.3-inch digital display right in front of the driver. Not only can this screen show the speedo and tach, but also navigation and audio information.
What Models Will It Compete Against?
BMW Z4: With a starting price of $48,950 for the four-cylinder sDrive28i, the Z4 is more expensive than the TT, but comes with rear-wheel drive and a power hardtop — the TT Roadster has a cloth roof. It's a more traditional roadster shape and thanks to its available 335-hp twin-turbo inline six-cylinder, a real performer. Unfortunately, you can't get the six-cylinder paired with a manual transmission; those cars are only available with BMW's seven-speed automated manual.
Porsche Boxster: The Porsche Boxster has become the standard by which all sport-luxury roadsters are measured. Unlike the Z4 or the TT, the Boxster's engine is behind the driver delivering excellent balance and decent storage space in the front of the car. The base Boxster is available with a 2.7-liter flat-6 making 265 hp while the upgraded GTS gets 330 hp. Transmissions include either a six-speed manual or seven-speed PDK. Price? Well if you have to ask?
Should You Wait for It?
The 2016 Audi TT Roadster brings appealing visual and interior upgrades to the TT lineup and the reduced weight and renewed focus on performance should make it a significantly better driving car than the one it replaces. Still, these changes aren't game-changers. If you've got an empty spot in your driveway that's been longing for a TT, now might be a great time to step into a 2014 or 2015 before they're all gone.