2007 Audi TT Roadster: First Look
Motoring Channel Staff - 19/Oct/2006
2007 Audi TT Roadster
The second generation of the iconic Audi TT
has now flipped it's lid, and it look fantastic
Two engines are offered, 4- and 6-cylinder mills, which
combine with front-wheel drive and quattro respectively
Sophisticated & Naked: TT Roadster
Inheriting all the smooth curves from the tin-topped TT model, the new Roadster is
very pleasing to the eye, particularly it's curvaceous front and rear
ends, which are equal parts simplicity and elegance. And though still instantly recognisable as Audi's iconic retro
pocket racer, the new model injects just the right amount of
Teutonic style to communicate a new look and feel.
new 2007 model TT Roadster will also represent the first time a
6-cylinder TT drop-top will be sold in Australia, providing sub 6.0
second 0-100km/h performance. The German marque will also offer its
magnetic ride adaptive damping system to provide varying degrees of
ride and handling. Similar systems have been in use by other
seriously quick cars, including the Chevy Corvette and Australia's own HSV GTS.
- Feann Torr, Editor
The interior is typical Audi - everything has a
place - but adds a modicum of sophistication with
the deep bucket seats trimmed in fine beige leather
Ingolstadt, Germany —
Audi has taken the wraps off its new second generation Audi TT
Roadster, which is larger and more powerful than the model it replaces.
The new car will be on sale by early 2007 in Europe (northern Spring)
and closer to home Audi Australia has stated the sophisticated
convertible will come Down Under mid-way through 2007.
Taking all the best design cues from the recently launched second generation Audi TT coupe,
the new TT Roadster chops the top for what will be one of the ultimate
European boulevard cruisers. As Audi correctly observes, the
open-top sports car retains the distinctive lines of its tremendously
successful predecessor, but instils them with even greater emotion.
German automaker Audi will offer a
choice of two engines for its new TT Roadster. The most expensive
version will be the 3.2-litre V6 powered car, which generates
184kW (250bhp) - more power than Holden's V6 Commodore - and is coupled
to the quattro drive system as standard for improved grip and
roadholding. The second engine is the 2.0-litre TFSI engine, which
blends turbocharging with petrol direct injection technology,
delivering 147kW (200 bhp) to the front wheels.
variants can be ordered with the innovative S tronic dual-clutch
gearbox (formerly DSG) as an alternative to the standard 6-speed manual
The chassis of the new Roadster is also built for
impressive sporty performance claims Audi, saying its highlight is the
new magnetic ride system. This system (which is optional) involves
suspension damping technology that allows drivers to choose between an
uncompromisingly dynamic ride or more comfort-orientated
characteristics. So at the touch of a button, the suspension system can
go from soft and cruisy to hard and fast, perfect for sporty driving
and tight corners.
To mirror the puristic character of open-top
motoring, the boldly styled body is crowned by a lightweight cloth
roof. The TT Roadster 3.2 quattro comes as standard with a
quick-action, fully automatic soft top which is available as an option
for the 2.0 TFSI, which is normally equipped with a Mazda MX-5 inspired manually operated roof. As always, you get what you pay for.
mentioned, both V6 and turbo 4-cylinder versions the new Audi TT
Roadster will arrive in Australia about half way through 2007, but
Audi Australia has not yet finalised local pricing and specification.
However, the previous models' cost between $80,000 and $90,000, and no
V6 model was offered, so the V6 TT Roadster may reach a six figure
price tag, while the 4-cylinder models will fetch around $80k.
Audi observes that curvaceous and
almost retro design of the first TT Roadster elevated it to the status
of a cult classic, and it's quite clear the German automaker
has preserved this charismatic style, giving a few changes here
and there to keep it contemporary.
At the front of the
stylish car, wing-shaped plastic elements are embedded into the
tapered headlights to emphasise the three-dimensional depth of the lamp
units, while at the rear of the car, it is the large tailpipes and the
diffuser which stand out the most. The tube-shaped reflectors seem to
inside the tail light units and as is the case with the hard top TT
Coupé, an electrically powered
spoiler rises up out of the boot lid when the speed reaches 120km/h.
Theoretically, this will never happen on Australian roads as the speed
limit is 110km/h [except in the Northern Territory, where there is no speed limit on rural roadways - Ed].
the tail end and the roof section seem to flow into one another at the
rear of the TT Coupé, the soft top of the TT Roadster forms a
clear contrast that gives the overall design a more geometric look
according to Audi. The TT Roadster's body lines brim with power and
this impression is underscored by the athletic curves of the vehicle's
flanks just as much as by the rising dynamic line above the sill area
and the taut, muscular shoulder line. Another eye-catching feature
is the fuel filler cap positioned above the rear right wheel, in a
classic aluminium design.
Compared to the model it replaces the
new TT Roadster has undergone a growth spurt says Audi, with the new
proportions accentuating its sporty nature. Length is now 4,178
millimetres (+137mm), width 1,842mm (+78mm) and height 1,358mm (+8mm),
while the wheelbase has been extended by 46 to 2468mm, which should
improve ride comfort. Despite the extra size however, the drag
coefficient of the 2.0 TFSI is just 0.32 with the soft top up, which
isn't bad for a drop top.
Roof Mechanism -
a conscious decision to keep the cloth hood for the new TT Roadster,
resisting the urge to implement a metal folding roof system. Though
cloth roofs are less secure, and often command a higher insurance
premium, they also cost less to manufacture, making the end product
cheaper for the consumer.
Audi believes that the cloth roof offers a number of benefits over a folding steel hard top:
cloth hood, incorporating reinforcements made from steel and aluminium
as well as a large glass rear window, has a very lightweight
construction – not only does this reduce the overall weight of
the TT Roadster, it lowers its centre of gravity too.
sleekly blends in with the car's lines and takes up only a small amount
of space when folded down. Thanks to the new Z-fold, the front section
of the roof lies on top of the cloth like a cover. It locks into place
to lie flush with the body, dispensing with the need for a tonneau
cover. The soft top is available in the colours black and dark grey.
new 2007 TT Roadster 3.2 quattro comes as standard with an
electro hydraulically powered soft top - you just hit a button and hello
sunshine - which is available for the 2.0 TFSI as a cost option.
This version of the soft top opens in just 12 seconds at the push of a
button, and can even be operated on the move at speeds of up to 50km/h.
The fully automatic hood is a bit heavier and incorporates an
additional layer of soundproofing beneath the black headliner for even
better acoustic and thermal insulation.
operated roof, meanwhile, is operated by means of a central catch. A
mesh wind deflector that extends and retracts electrically can be
ordered as an option to smooth the air stream in the interior, something
that none of the competitor models are able to offer,points out Audi.
The 4-cylinder turbocharged engine directs its power to the
front wheels, while the V6 powers all four wheels based on the quattro
principle offering dynamism and sure roadholding in equal measure.
Apart from a sporty 6-speed manual shift, both engines are also
available in conjunction with the innovative S tronic dual-clutch
gearbox for lightning-fast gear changes without any interruption in the
2.0-litre TFSI 4-cylinder: This 4-cylinder unit bearing the initials TFSI
(Turbocharged Fuel Stratified Injection) musters up 147kW (200bhp) and a constant 280Nm of torque between
1800 and 5000rpm from its capacity of 1,984cc. The TFSI
technology combines a turbocharger to optimum effect with Audi's own
petrol direct injection, which produces a distinct improvement in
combustion efficiency. In both 2005 and 2006, the responsive and
extremely refined 2.0-litre turbocharged FSI unit was voted "Engine of
the Year" by an international jury of experts.
When fitted with
the S tronic shift, the Audi TT Roadster 2.0 TFSI accelerates from
standstill to 100km/h in just 6.5 seconds and reaches a top speed of
237km/h. It burns an average of just 7.8 litres of fuel for every 100
The V6 unit with its capacity of 3,189cc delivers a bigger bang than the 4-cylinder turbo and is quicker too. The
TT Roadster 3.2 quattro is more than half a second quicker to 100km/h
than its smaller sibling, sprinting
from 0-100km/h in 5.9 seconds with the S tronic gearbox and can go on
to reach a governed top speed of 250km/h. It's thirstier than the 2.0
TFSI though, and returns
average fuel consumption figures of 9.5L/100km.
Vital statistics are as follows: 184kW (250bhp) of power and a peak torque of 320Nm, which is on tap between 2500 and
Audi explains the
sporty chassis has undergone complete redevelopment for the new TT
Roadster compared to its precursor. Its chief features are the complex four-link rear suspension,
wide track widths, elastokinematics that have been heavily reworked,
plus larger wheels. The 2.0 TFSI rides on 16-inch and the 3.2 quattro on
17-inch alloy wheels and the wheels may be specified with run-flat
capabilities as an option.
The front wheel suspension, which is
linked to a separate subframe, has a McPherson construction that has
been refined by the use of lightweight aluminium components says Audi, and now the
electromechanical power-assisted steering combines a direct ratio with
sensitive precision for better control.
The construction of the four-link rear
suspension, which also operates using a subframe, separates the coil
springs and the shock absorbers from one another. The longitudinal
links – which have a relatively soft set-up for enhanced ride comfort –
absorb the propulsive and braking forces, while the rigid connection of
the three transverse links for each wheel allows them to direct the
lateral forces into the bodyshell with great precision. The
redeveloped electronic stabilisation program (ESP) has been optimised
for a sporty driving style and to help produce the steering balance of
the TT Roadster, which varies between neutral and slight understeer, explains Audi.
optional Audi magnetic ride adaptive damping system is a high-tech
feature that is unique in the roadster segment claims Audi. At the push of a
button, drivers can choose between either an extra-comfortable or a
decidedly dynamic suspension set-up. Circulating
shock absorber struts is a special fluid containing minute magnetic
particles, and by applying a voltage to the shock absorber fluid,
it alters its viscosity and the oil can be made thicker or
runnier, changing the damping characteristics within
body of the new 2007 TT Roadster is made from 58 percent aluminium and
42 percent steel and builds on the principles of Audi Space Frame (ASF)
technology, which features a pioneering hybrid construction that
showcases the brand's tremendous expertise in lightweight and strong
design. This material mix makes the Roadster extremely light, with
the 2.0 TFSI model weighing just 1,295 kilograms when unladen.
ensure that the load is distributed evenly between the axles, the steel
components are located principally at the rear of the body – the
bulkhead behind the passenger compartment, for example, is made from
steel. This particular component, which anchors the high-strength
roll-over bars with their elegant plastic covering, has a fundamental
role to play in the body's overall rigidity.
Audi has promised a
full ensemble of restraint systems to ensure open top driving is not
putting drivers at a greater risk. In the event of an impact from the
beams and padding in the doors are called into action along with the
head and thorax side airbags. Two-stage full-size airbags and the Audi
backguard system are on hand to limit the consequences of a collision
from the front and rear respectively. Extruded aluminium in the floor
of the vehicle also increases the cars rigidity, because with a roof
the car must be reinforced to avoid it flexing.
says the interior of the TT Roadster is noticeably larger than the
first generation model, offering extra headroom and elbow room. The
width at shoulder height is now 1362mm, an increase of 29 mm. Deep-set
sports seats provide firm lateral support for both the driver and
passenger and the standard-specification leather sports steering wheel
features a flat-bottomed rim for easier entry and exit to and from the
vehicle. The three circular air outlets and the dome shrouding the
instrument cluster dials inject the cockpit with characteristic TT
flair and as is to be expected of an Audi, the ergonomic concept is
near perfection and the workmanship of a high standard. Also, the
increase in the body's dimensions has also benefited luggage space,
which has expanded from 210 to 250 litres in both the front-wheel-drive
and the quattro variant.
that all variants of the new Audi TT Roadster come generously equipped
as standard, with the specification including the new "chorus" audio
system and a driver information system, and in the 3.2 quattro,
automatic air conditioning is standard - just hit the 'auto' button and
the car decides whether to cool or heat the cabin based on external
There is also a choice of two optional
navigation systems says Audi, both DVD-based and featuring the
exemplary MMI operating logic. Universal mobile phone preparation and
the resonant Bose surround-sound system are also available as cost
Customers who lead a healthy, active lifestyle are
also able to opt for a load-through facility in the rear panel, which
includes a ski bag which is large enough to accommodate two pairs of
skis up to 1.90 m in length – something which no other model in
the roadster segment is able to offer says Audi. Xenon plus headlights
with the adaptive light cornering function can also be found on the
extensive list of equipment options, which are fitted in
conjunction with a headlight styling package that Audi includes as
standard on the 3.2 quattro.
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