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Posted 23 February 2007 - 03:46 PM

Audi created a real stir in the late 1990s in unveiling what was at that time an entirely new range of sports cars. The TT, appearing in 1998 as the Coupé and in 1999 as the Roadster, was visually a sensation. Their common design became established as an icon of automotive design because it pursued the ideal of pure geometry. Its core motifs were the semicircles of the wheel arches and the curves of the roof line and the front and rear end. This timeless architecture lent the Audi TT Coupé and TT Roadster the character of a total driving machine and simultaneously gave the development of the entire brand decisive momentum.



In the case of the new TT Roadster, Audi has respectfully and attentively developed and nurtured this genetic code. Unlike the Coupé, where the geometrical shapes merge dynamically with one another, the design of the open-top sports car comes across as strongly geometrical, as on its predecessor – the tail end and hood are clearly distinct entities.

The panelled body, accounting for two-thirds of the height, looks poised and powerful. The convex and concave curves of its surfaces accentuate the character of an athletic sculpture straining forward.

The wheel arches enclose wheels 16 or 17 inches in diameter, depending on the engine version, complete with striking rim designs. The tyres have grown in size to 225/55 R 16 and 245/45 R 17.

The tornado line beneath the body's shoulder and the strikingly ascending dynamic line above the sills create the impression of a more elongated body. The legendary aluminium tank cap above the rear right wheel now features a cross-bar bearing the TT logo. The two rollover bars are angled slightly forwards, and their elegant aluminium trims have round cross-sections.

The front end of the new TT Roadster has acquired a charismatic expression. Its defining element is the single-frame radiator grille surrounded by a narrow chrome strip, with a high-gloss black instead of titanium grey finish on the V6 models. The slits beneath the grille and the large air inlets, in front of which the standard front fog lights are located, hint at the potential of the engines. Starting at the single-frame grille, two pronounced contours extend across the front lid to the A?posts.

A captivating feature: "winged" headlights

The lights sloping to a point – with chrome-look trims that are standard on the V6 versions as well as in conjunction with xenon lights, and optional on the 2.0 TFSI – underscore the presence of the TT Roadster. Reverse-curve plastic elements below the tubes, known as the "wings", accentuate the spatial effect. Instead of the halogen lights, xenon plus headlights that can be combined with daytime running lights are available as an option (standard on 3.2 quattro). Adaptive headlights with dynamic cornering light are a further option.

At the rear end of the new TT Roadster, the large exhaust tailpipes, diffuser and centred rear fog light serve as reminders of the performance of the Audi brand in motor sport. There are likewise tubular reflectors at the rear, appearing to hover inside their casings by virtue of their visual depth. Rectangular shields on the reflectors mean that other drivers following on behind perceive angular light rings. On the TT Roadster with four-cylinder engine, the light housings are red, and on the V6 quattro they are of a dark colour (optional on 2.0 TFSI).

The spoiler of the new Audi TT Roadster is unobtrusively integrated into the contour of the luggage compartment lid. When the car reaches a speed of 120 km/h, the spoiler is automatically extended out by an electric motor, thereby improving the downforce on the rear axle. It is automatically retracted again when the speed falls below 80 km/h. The driver can also operate it via a switch.

The drag coefficient of the Audi TT Roadster is only 0.32, compared with 0.34 for the final version of the predecessor model. The frontal area has grown in size from 1.99 m2 to 2.09 m2, but the overall drag of the new two-seater nevertheless undercuts the figure for its predecessor. Thanks to engine encapsulation and the body's ASF design, its underbody is smooth throughout almost its entire length. Lift has been reduced by 50 percent at the front axle, and by 40 percent at the rear axle.

The engineers implemented cutting-edge technology in the development work performed in the wind tunnel. The facility is equipped with a belt that runs at the speed of the wind, allowing the wheels to rotate when the measurements are being taken. The balanced aerodynamic properties provide the basis of this open-top sports car's excellent road behaviour and stability right up to top speed.

The dynamic impression that the new two-seater creates also stems from its modified proportions. Compared with the previous model, the two-seater is 137 mm longer and 78 mm wider, but only 8 mm taller. It is now 4,178 mm long, 1,842 mm wide and 1,358 mm high. The new TT Roadster's wheelbase is 2,468 mm (+ 46 mm). This growth has by and large been translated into increased space inside: it has become measurably more spacious and has a more airy feel.

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Posted 23 February 2007 - 03:49 PM

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Posted 23 February 2007 - 03:54 PM

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