Audi's third generation TT model was redesigned from the ground up, and debuts as a 2016 model year car in the US available in both coupe and roadster form.

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The Audi TT Roadster combines excellent driving dynamics with innovative cabin electronics.

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The design keeps many of the TT's iconic cues, but adopts more of an angular look, in keeping with Audi's current corporate styling.

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LED headlights come standard.

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The only engine available in the TT is this turbocharged 2-liter, making 220 horsepower. A more powerful TT S model will be available next year.

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At 13.6 feet overall length, the TT Roadster's compact size contributes to quick handling.

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The cloth top powers up and down in under 30 seconds.

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The roadster version of the TT loses the rear seats and some of the cargo capacity of the coupe version.

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These 19-inch wheels come as an optional package.

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Although pricey, the TT Roadster comes with high-tech gear and a finely appointed cabin.

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Quattro all-wheel-drive, capable of pushing 100 percent torque from front to rear axle, helps the TT Roadster tackle the turns.

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One design cue the TT Roadster keeps from its earlier versions is the metal-color gas cap.

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Power-adjustable sport seats add to comfort and help keep you planted in the turns.

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Individual roll bars add some measure of safety.

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Unlike traditional dashboards, the TT Roadster shows neither screen nor radio in the center.

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The console holds the shifter for the six-speed dual clutch transmission and controller for cabin electronics.

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The DriveSelect button changes the car's tuning between sport and comfort modes.

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Rather than clutter the dashboard with climate controls, Audi integrates them into the vents.

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The Virtual Cockpit interface is the real innovation with the TT, giving the easier visual access to cabin electronics control. All onscreen functions, except for alpha-numeric inputs, can be controlled with buttons on the steering wheel.

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The screen shows good angular visibility, so the passenger can actually use the console-mounted controls to program music or destinations.

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The instrument cluster becomes a large, 12.3-inch LCD, showing virtual gauges and all infotainment functions.

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The driver can quickly choose between different driving modes.

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Audi retains its Google Earth imagery for the navigation system.

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Drivers can also opt for a graphical, onboard map, especially useful for areas with no data service.

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For destination entry, the TT Roadster presents a single box, automatically searching for places and street names when the driver enters letters.

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As one of Audi's data services, the TT Roadster includes parking lots with real-time capacity information, when available.

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Drivers can choose HD or satellite radio with the Virtual Cockpit.

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Onboard audio sources include Bluetooth streaming, USB ports for iPhones as well as thumb drives and Wi-Fi connected phones.

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The music library screen shows standard categories, such as album and genre.

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With the current track screen active, drivers can see what's playing at a glance.

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Audi also integrates the back-up camera view with the Virtual Cockpit.

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The Audi TT Roadster is a remarkably satisfying car, although don't expect to carry much in the way of passengers or cargo.

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