Audi TT Roadster

The Audi TT comes in two body styles, coupe and convertible. The standard TT can be had in either form, while the high-performance TTS and TTRS are available only as a coupe. All trims other than the TTRS come standard with a 2.0L 4-cylinder turbocharged engine and a 6-speed dual clutch gearbox, sending power to all four wheels. In the standard TT and TT convertible, this engine makes 220 horsepower, along with 258 pound-feet of torque. In the TTS, the engine has been retuned for performance, with a higher compression ratio and modified internals to be good for 292 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque. The TTRS is powered by a turbocharged 5-cylinder engine making 400 horsepower. Both convertible and coupe versions of the TT are capable of hitting 60 mph in less than six seconds, while the TTS will make the same sprint to 60 mph in under five and the TTRS can do it in under four seconds.

Despite impressive performance numbers, the TT is far from a bare bones performance car. Open the doors and drivers will find a stylish cabin covered in leather and Alcantara and complete with the latest technology. Audi has always prided itself on the interior of the TT, and this latest generation proves that the commitment continues into the car's third generation.

The Audi TT offers extraordinary levels of standard equipment. Standard features include a rearview camera, auto-dimming, heated, power-folding side mirrors, automatic climate control, an auto-dimming rear mirror, automatic windshield wipers, 12-way power-adjustable heated front seats, ambient LED interior lighting, a 9-speaker sound system with Bluetooth integration and two USB input slots, a 12.3-inch screen that houses the speedometer and tachometer, automatic LED headlights, LED taillights and turn signals, rear parking sensors, dual exhaust pipes and 18-inch wheels.

Of course, there are plenty of options available on the TT as well. An audiophile Bang & Olufsen stereo features 12 speakers and a 680-watt amplifier. A Technology Package adds power heated and folding side mirrors, a navigation system, and Audi connect. Nicer seats featuring Napa leather are also available at an added cost. A Black optic package is available on both the TT and TTS. It adds Audi's signature Singleframe grille surround in black, with black exterior mirror housings and unique wheels with Titanium finish in 19 and 20 inches, respectively.

Editors' Review

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Life hasn't been easy for the Audi TT. The original car was a stop-the-presses moment in automotive history -- a car so jaw-droppingly stunning that I firmly believe it will remain an icon for decades to come. Because of that, the first-gen TT proved to be an incredibly tough act to follow. Even as subsequent successors improved dynamically, that initial, instant-hit design was always the catalyst that drove the TT's momentum.

Twenty years later, Audi hasn't officially put the final nail in the TT's coffin, but the writing is clearly on the wall. The 20th Anniversary Edition model you see here might be the car's final act, and it's a bittersweet way to say goodbye.

The 20th Anniversary Edition brings a host of throwback design cues to the 2019 TT, inspired by the original 1995 TTS Roadster concept. Aviator Gray or Nimbus Gray are the only exterior colors offered -- the latter a US exclusive -- with matte silver Audi logos on the rear side sills. Available as either a coupe or roadster, the 20th Anniversary model gets the trick OLED taillights currently found on the TT RS, as well as stainless steel exhaust tips and 19-inch, five-spoke wheels. The overall look is pretty fetching, even if the current TT isn't half the fashionista its progenitor was.

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The Good The 2019 Audi TT's turbocharged engine provides adequate punch, and a nicely tuned chassis makes the roadster enjoyable to drive on winding roads. Audi's Virtual Cockpit technology is still some of the best.

The Bad The TT isn't the style icon it once was, and even this most modern version lacks driver-assistance features.

The Bottom Line Audi's little TT is still a joy to drive, but without great styling to set it apart from the competitors, it's no longer a standout among convertible sports cars.

Editors' Rating
  • Performance 7.5
  • Features 8
  • Design 7
  • Media 8.5

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