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Mike Stevens | Sep, 24 2014 | 0 Comments

The convertible version of Audi’s new TT range, revealed first as the TT Coupe in March, is now on the scene.

Unveiled today ahead of its Paris Motor Show debut, the TT Roadster will again be offered in ‘regular’ TT and performance-focused TTS forms.

As with its predecessor, the new TT Roadster is largely identical to its Coupe sibling, with the absence of a fixed hardtop roof the standout difference.

Entry powertrain options in the regular Roadster range will include 135kW/228Nm 2.0 petrol and 135kW/380Nm 2.0 diesel engines.

The more sporting 2.0 TFSI model will get a 169kW/370Nm 2.0 turbo four.

Topping the range, for now, is the TTS model, powered by a 228kW and 380Nm version of the 2.0 TFSI engine.

For that hero model, Audi promises a 0-100km/h time of 4.9 seconds - around 0.3 seconds shy of the more rigid TTS Coupe’s time, but still rather sharp.

Six-speed manual and six-speed S-tronic dual-clutch auto transmissions are on offer, along with front- and all-wheel-drive configurations.

Audi says the TT Roadster weighs in at 1320kg in TT Roadster 2.0 TFSI form, putting it within the same realm as its predecessor.

As with the Coupe, the new TT Roadster is built on the Volkswagen Group’s MQB platform.

There’s a 39mm increase in the new model’s wheelbase, now measuring 2505mm, but the overall length drops 21mm.

Likewise, the new TT Roadster is 10mm narrower at 1832mm, and height has been cut 3mm to 1355mm.

The TT Roadster is packaged with a powered folding fabric roof, weighing around 39kg - around 3kg less than in the previous model.

Audi says the roof can open and close in just 10 seconds, at speeds up to 50km/h.

With the roof up, boot capacity is listed at 280 litres, bettering the previous model by 30 litres - but still 55 litres short of the recently revealed BMW 2 Series Convertible.

Watch for the new TT to debut in Paris next month, with an Australian debut likely to occur around the middle of next year.

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