When Audi pulled the covers off its new TT at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show a few weeks ago, we were all instantly in love with its newly shaped body, combination of angles and curves, and its impressive array of powertrain options. It was a relief after waiting on it for what seemed like years., but now we’ve got one more TT to be anxious for: the TT Roadster.
Our rendering artist sent us this masterful sketch of what the new drop-top TT might look like, though it doesn’t take much to imagine what Audi is likely to design. The TT has traditionally used a fabric soft top and we don’t imagine that will change. The two hoops behind the seats will likely return as well. The flat rear deck and strong belt line are two classic TT traits likely to return as well.
The TT Roadster’s powertrain won’t differ from the TT Coupe that debuted at Geneva. The TT currently has three engines in its lineup: a 2.0-liter TDI diesel making 184 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque; a 2.0-liter TFSI gasoline turbo making 230 horsepower and 272 pound-feet of torque; and a more powerful 2.0-liter TFSI gasoline turbo kicking out 310 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque.
It’s unlikely the U.S. will see the diesel engine, but the other two will make their way over. We do expect a more powerful TT RS to make its debut sometime soon as well.
Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Audi TT Roadster.
September 2, 2014 - First testing session
The 2014 BMW Z4 is also refreshed, and like the TT, it sticks to what it’s done in the past. Though both cars have undergone handsome updates, the two are instantly recognizable. The Z4 gets its power from three separate engines: Inside the sDrive28i lies the 2.0-liter I-4 making 240 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque, the familiar twin-turbo 3.0-liter I-6 making an even 300 horsepower and torque inside the sDrive35i, and a more powerful version of the engine offers 35 more horsepower and 32 more pound-feet of torque within the sDrive35is.
Prices start at $48,950 for the sDrive28i and rise to over $65,000 for the sDrive35is.
Gallery BMW Z4
The 370Z has been a thorn in the German’s sides for a while now, with it’s powerful engine, stunning good looks, and bargain pricing. Power comes from a stout 3.7-liter V-6 making 322 horsepower and 270 pound-feet of torque and is backed by either an automatic or manual transmission. Unlike the Audi and BMW , the 370Z Roadster only comes with one engine option, through a more powerful version is offered in its coupe form. Pricing starts at $41,470 for the base roadster and rises to $47,000 for 370Z Touring with the Sport Package.