Test Audi TTS Roadster, fun and feelings to the open sky

prueba-audi-tts-roadster-2End of July, an unbearable heat and you are eager to ‘cool off’ by going around with a special car for your stretch of mountain favorite. The conditions are ideal for a convertible and it also has to be sporty to increase your enjoyment. Insurance that have gone through your head a handful of models that would fulfil this function. If one of them has been the Audi TTS Roadster, you’re in luck, because we have thoroughly tested and you have their details.

What is certain is that the Audi TT has always occupied a small place in our hearts. This sporting appeared in the year 1998 and it has sold steadily until the present day through three generations. From the beginning it became an icon, combining sportiness and sensations at an affordable price. The model meets the majority of age this year and makes clear one thing: the philosophy has been maintained throughout its history, although it is recognised that now is better than never.

prueba-audi-tts-roadster-1in Addition you will appreciate that the TTS Roadster, is not a TT either. The ‘S’ at the end of its name indicates that it is a sports version. In fact, it occupied the top of the range until the arrival of the radical Audi TT RS. Even so the sportsmanship of our TTS will be patent as we will see in the test. From the very beginning this model has been manufactured in two body types: Coupé and Roadster. Our unit is equipped with the retractable canvas roof that will allow us to roll to the open sky.

Ravin

prueba-audi-tts-roadster-3If there is to define with one word the look of the Audi TTS I would say that is ravishing. just by looking at it does that evoke feelings and most of them very positive. We could say that follows the line of the first generation, although little by little it has gone leaving to one side your curves, and its forms are voluptuous. The current generation is much more sharp and dynamic. Even if you’re standing it conveys a sense of speed that also comes accentuated in this sport version.

On the front dominates the grille Singleframe hexagonal with a horizontal chrome bars, the tuition at the center and the acronym TTS on one side. The headlights also have been redesigned and have an attractive daytime lighting LED. In addition, they will be equipped with the Matrix LED which will improve night vision considerably. The air intakes located at the sides and the bumper lines very well marked and make the sports wastage personality.

prueba-audi-tts-roadster-4In the side view of the TTS Roadster highlighted a huge 20-inch wheels (optional) framed in a few large steps of a wheel. If you look inside you can see a brake calipers in red color with the letters that give the name to the vehicle. The tank cover goes on the right side, and wears a chrome finish and the initials TT. I must say that if you have the hood put the TTS does not look the same. Will have to be descapotarlo to show all of its potential and also to be able to see her arches roll also chrome.

behind it will highlight the spoiler retractable located in the trunk lid. Under him is a close brake light that cleaves both pilots in the rear. These have LED technology and have been redesigned. At the bottom protruding from the rear diffuser specific in silver, which seamlessly integrates the two outputs of dual exhaust. I must say that our unit suited him really well Blue Sepang, a shade exclusive to this version, which is pearl effect and it costs 845 euro.

Interior pioneer

prueba-audi-tts-roadster-2If we go to the cabin of the Audi TTS Roadster, we can say that it was a precursor. This model was the first to receive the Virtual Cockpit that now appears in most models of the brand of the four rings. In this case, the instrumentation has become a large screen of 12.3 inches that will allow us to customize the information that comes to us out of the vehicle. Thanks to the buttons on the steering wheel will be able to move through the screens and managing the majority of functions.

This will be single screen that we find in the interior of the TTS. This demonstrates the commitment of the vehicle with the driver. Although the multimedia system MMI Touch of our unit will also be checked with the wheel located on the center console, behind the selector of the change. In general the dashboard is quite clear and we find an entry below the air vents central. From here we can control the Drive Select, deploy the spoiler, retractable, and remove the Start&Stop or the ESP, among other things.

prueba-audi-tts-roadster-4One of the new features and sign of identity of the passenger compartment is your air conditioning system. It shall consist of five air outlets with a form of turbine, and to control them we will have a psmall screen within each one of them. From the central will control the power, temperature, and area; while the lateral control heated seats and the heating for the neck (both are extra). Our unit had the sound system Bang&Olufsen

as soon as you open the door of the TTS the feeling of quality grips you. Note the character premium cabin and all the materials used are up to the challenge. The steering wheel flattened has a diameter and width are perfect, in addition to a touch of the exquisite. The same thing happens with sports seats in red leather and on the occasion of diamonds in our unit. In short, elegance and simplicity will be two words that will accompany the interior of this vehicle.

two-Seater

prueba-audi-tts-roadster-1there Will be a reason of weight when choosing whether to buy the Audi TTS with the bodywork of the Coupé or the Roadster. The first will keep the configuration 2+2, having space for four passengers, although with limitations in the rear seats. On the contrary, in our Roadster has been chosen by directly remove the second row of seats to make room for the soft top when it is folded. Therefore we will have a two-seater pure and hard.

The dimensions, however, remain practically without changes in the two bodies. Our Audi TTS measured 4,19 meters long, 1,96 meters wide (counting the mirrors) and 1.34 meters high, while wheelbase will be of 2.5 meters. When you have only space for two occupants, the squares front will be very wide and comfortable. The free height to the roof will be more than enough even if it is the hood set and have electrical regulation for both seats.

prueba-audi-tts-roadster-3When we think of a sporty convertible and two-seater, normally we’re not worrying about your trunk. However, in this vehicle it has been thought also in this aspect. Remove the rear seats to accommodate the hood means that this gap remains virtually intact. It has a capacity of 280 liters, somewhat below the coupe, but above the average for the segment. The mouth of load is high and it is something close, but it compensates with a few straight lines and usable.

2.0 TFSI 310 HP S-Tronic

prueba-audi-tts-roadster-2We speak of the heart that gives life to our Audi TTS Roadster. Under the hood lies the well-known petrol engine 2.0 TFSI, a four-cylinder turbo that we have seen in other models such as the Audi S3, Volkswagen Golf R or SEAT Leon Cupra. It is a clear indication of the trend toward downsizing that there is in these days. Despite his two-liters, develops nothing less than 310 HP and 380 Nm of torque between 1 800 and 5,700 rpm. It is clear that it is not mucus from turkey.

in Addition to a mechanically outstanding, our TTS Roadster had the change automatic S-Tronic. Is dual-clutch, six-speed, the maximum torque of the steering wheel and is one of the most attractive options of the car. Will have to take that into account, because thanks to him will be faster and consume less. Our unit is capable of accelerating from 0 to 100 km/h in 4.9 seconds (5,2 seconds with the manual), and its speed is electronically limited to 250 km/h. Benefits to the height, but obviously something under his brother’s coupe.

prueba-audi-tts-roadster-1The Audi TT is a bet on secure, since it uses the popular MQB platform of the Volkswagen Group. The version Roadster is heavier than the Coupe due to structural reinforcements and he throws it on the scale 1.545 kg in vacuum. Another of the advantages of aporta this sport version TTS, is the well-known all-wheel drive Quattro. As we will see below, this element will be one of the keys in the operation of the marina.

Dynamic outstanding

prueba-audi-tts-roadster-2At the controls of the TTS Roadster all are facilities. We’ve noticed that will be a model that may be used in the day-to-day and that is thanks to the Audi Drive Select. With this system we will have until five driving modes that will govern the response of the car. Efficiency to save money, Comfort to comfort, Auto for normal situations, Dynamic to search for his sportsmanship and Individual to customize it to our liking.

, We’ll Dr. Jekyll when rodemos in Efficiency consuming really little, and changing to 2500 rpm. Simply put the Dynamic to get to know Mr Hyde, as throttle, steering and suspension shall take your tare more sporty and the change will pass to mode S. In this way we will be able to get out all their potential and push the changes up to almost 7,000 rpm while the exhaust aullan to our back and give us a sound goog performance as you climb up. The change in Sport mode is crazy and in Normal mode is still fast and accurate. Simply, we use paddles behind the wheel to spend some time being the most fun.

prueba-audi-tts-roadster-1Because the sound the TTS Roadster is a real delight. As we said, in the way Dynamic will be more remarkable and beautiful. At idle it has a tone hoarse that we anticipate what is inside and revving the growl will become drug for your ears. To point out that our unit had the sound system, Bang&Olufsen (optional 1.040 euros) and just we have taken advantage of. We also have the advantage of a motor, very linear delivery power of dose form from below, and in all regimes.

unlimited Fun

prueba-audi-tts-roadster-3And is that when you’re behind the wheel of the Audi TTS Roadster it is difficult to erase the smile of your face. To view the article in its natural state there is to keep pressing the button on the center console and waiting 10 seconds until descapota completely. This maneuver can be done at speeds below 50 km/h. When we shoot under the open sky, the noise will make it difficult to that we are able to maintain a conversation, on everything from the 100 km/h. The air deflector will help a bit, but will not be enough. With the top put the soundproofing is correct, but does not reach the levels of the coupe.

Is a vehicle very well balanced and that it encourages you to find your limits and be each time a little faster. All of this with a noble behavior and without sharp reactions. The cornering will be one of its strong points. I feel very comfortable on twisty roads and will always be on rails, even when you’re trying to draw the tickle’. The system Quattro makes not just loss of traction and he shall divide the torque to the rear axle when the situation calls for it. Influence the tyres 255/30 in the 20-inch wheels.

prueba-audi-tts-roadster-1An element of the TTS Roadster that stands out for its versatility is the suspension Audi Magnetic Ride hardness variable. It coordinates perfectly with the Drive Select and you get adapt successfully to any situation. In this way we can have a comfortable suspension for everyday use that can also take greater hardness to a more intensive use. The address conveys a lot and it helps that it is a vehicle very easy to drive. And what has more merit, with the TTS it will be easy to go fast and never subside the feeling of security. The braking has seemed exceptional and easy dispensing.

All that access to this type of vehicle, are rarely going to worry about their consumption. The Audi TTS Roadster with the change S-Tronic approvals a non-negligible at 6.9 l/100km with CO2 emissions of 159 g/km, The reality is different and it will cost us quite lower than the 8 litres making a quiet driving. In fact our average at the end of the proof is located in to 11.6 l/100km. Understandable, taking into account that in some places with mountain passes we were above 16 litres. To us it matters little, since every drop of gasoline burned was worth.

In short

prueba-audi-tts-roadster-3The Audi TTS Roadster is a model very attractive for those looking for a sporty convertible that provides sensations without getting to be a supercar. The third generation is accompanied by a dynamic design that does that is turn the heads of our step. In addition, it combines with the technology and quality usually the brand of the four rings for its interiors. Yes, forget about traveling with the kiddies, because the Roadster is only a two-seater.

The combination of the engine 2.0 TFSI, 310 HP with the automatic S-Tronic and all-wheel drive Quattro is simply sensational. We will find a vehicle very easy to drive, with a few reactions to noble and also very effective in any situation. The only downside that you may have is the price, as the convertible part of the 63.190 euros. Although if you want to opt for a unit such as the one we tested, up to the top of extras you’ll have to scratch the pocket to almost 75,000 euros… In the end, the Audi TTS Roadster is not a model that you will buy with the head, but with the heart.

Equipment Audi TTS Roadster

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  • alloy Wheels of 18 inches
  • Xenon Headlamps
  • Optical rear LEDS
  • Mirrors in Aluminum color
  • Network deflactora to the wind retractable electrically
  • sports Seats S with electrical regulation
  • Upholstery S line Alcantara/leather
  • Inserts decorative aluminum
  • multifunction sports steering Wheel three-spoke flattened
  • LED interior Lighting
  • automatic Climate control
  • MMI Radio
  • Audi Virtual Cockpit
  • Audi Drive Select
  • Audi Magnetic Ride
  • Start&Stop
  • Quattro

Price of Audi TTS Roadster in Spain

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Engine Change Traction Price Coupe Price Roadster
2.0 TFSI 310 HP Manual 6v Quattro 60.180 € 63.190 €
2.0 TFSI 310 HP S-Tronic 6v Quattro 60.520 € 63.420 €

the Opinion of the editor

Pros

  • aesthetically pleasing
  • Mechanics powerful and profitable
  • Behavior outstanding

Cons

  • Roadster with only two seats
  • Noise without canopy at high speeds
  • very high Price

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