2018 Audi TT Roadster

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2018 Audi TT Roadster Overview

The standard features of the Audi TT 2.0T include 2.0L I-4 220hp intercooled turbo engine, 6-speed auto-shift manual transmission with overdrive, 4-wheel anti-lock brakes (ABS), side seat mounted airbags, driver and passenger side airbag head extension, driver and passenger knee airbag, airbag occupancy sensor, automatic air conditioning, 18" aluminum wheels, cruise control, ABS and driveline traction control, quattro all-wheel drive.

2018 Audi
TT Roadster

Starting at: $47,450

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  • Air conditioning
  • Automatic temperature control
  • Speed control
  • Power windows
  • 1-touch down
  • 1-touch up
  • Remote keyless entry
  • Illuminated entry
  • Tilt steering wheel
  • Telescoping steering wheel
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror
  • Driver vanity mirror
  • Passenger vanity mirror
  • Garage door transmitter - HomeLink
  • Front beverage holders
  • Driver door bin
  • Passenger door bin
  • AM/FM radio
  • Remote CD player
  • CD-MP3 decoder
  • Radio data system
  • Steering wheel mounted audio controls
  • Speakers - 9
  • Wireless phone connectivity - Bluetooth
  • 1st row LCD monitors - 1
  • Primary LCD size - 12.3"
  • Basic warranty - 48 months/50,000miles
  • Powertrain warranty - 48 months/50,000miles
  • Corrosion perforation warranty - 144 months/ unlimited distance
  • Roadside assistance coverage - 48 months/ unlimited distance
  • Maintenance warranty - 12 months/10,000miles
  • Max seating capacity - 2
  • Front seats - bucket
  • Power driver seat
  • Power 4-way driver lumbar support
  • Power passenger seat
  • Front center armrest
  • Power 4-way passenger lumbar support
  • Heated front seats
  • Leather upholstery
  • Leather shift knob
  • Sport steering wheel
  • Engine displacement - 2.0 L
  • Engine horsepower - 220hp @ 4,500RPM
  • Engine torque - 258 lb.-ft. @ 1,600RPM
  • Engine bore x stroke - 82.6mm x 92.8mm (3.25" x 3.65")
  • Compression ratio - 9.60 to 1
  • Payload - 285kg (628lbs)
  • GVWR - 1,815kg (4,001lbs)
  • Exterior length - 4,183mm (164.7")
  • Exterior body width - 1,831mm (72.1")
  • Exterior height - 1,351mm (53.2")
  • Wheelbase - 2,504mm (98.6")
  • Turning radius - 5.3m (17.4')
  • Front legroom - 1,044mm (41.1")
  • Front headroom - 930mm (36.6")
  • Front shoulder room - 1,361mm (53.6")
  • Interior cargo volume - 212 L (8 cu.ft.)
  • Interior maximum cargo volume - 212 L (8 cu.ft.)
  • Rear cargo - trunk
  • Power door mirrors
  • Heated door mirrors
  • Auto-dimming door mirrors
  • Turn signal indicator mirrors
  • Power convertible roof
  • Glass rear window
  • Convertible roof lining
  • Convertible roof wind blocker
  • Spoiler
  • Tailpipe finisher - chrome
  • Door mirrors - body-color
  • Bumpers - body-color
  • Engine liters - 2.0
  • Compressor - intercooled turbo
  • Cylinder configuration - I-4
  • Horsepower - 220hp @ 4,500RPM
  • Torque - 258 lb.-ft. @ 1,600RPM
  • Number of valves - 16
  • Variable valve control
  • Engine location - front
  • Recommended fuel - Premium Unleaded
  • Transmission - 6 speed automatic with auto-shift
  • Mode select transmission
  • Manual-shift auto
  • Drive type - quattro all-wheel drive
  • Fuel economy combined - 26mpg
  • Fuel tank capacity - 14.5gal.
  • Fuel economy city - 23mpg
  • Fuel economy highway - 30mpg
  • 4 wheel disc brakes
  • ABS brakes
  • Brake assist
  • Dual front impact airbags
  • Dual front side impact airbags
  • Knee airbag
  • Occupant sensing airbag
  • Panic alarm
  • Perimeter/approach lights
  • Ignition disable
  • Security system
  • Integrated roll-over protection
  • Electronic stability
  • Traction control
  • Four wheel independent suspension
  • Front anti-roll bar
  • Rear anti-roll bar
  • Power steering
  • Speed-sensing steering
  • Alloy wheels
  • Front tires - 245/40YR18.0
  • Rear tires - 245/40YR18.0
  • Wheel size - 18"
  • Tires - performance
  • Fully automatic headlights
  • Delay-off headlights
  • Front fog lights
  • Rear fog lights
  • Variably intermittent wipers
  • Rain sensing wipers
  • Speed sensitive wipers
  • Rear window defroster
  • Front reading lights
  • Display - digital/analog
  • Configurable
  • Tachometer
  • Compass
  • Outside temperature display
  • Low tire pressure warning
  • Trip computer
  • Parking sensors - front and rear
  • Exterior parking camera rear


  MSRP Engine Transmission City/Hwy mpg
2.0T 2018 Audi TT Roadster 2.0T Search New $47,450   220-hp 2.0L 4-cyl  6-spd auto with auto-shift  23 / 30  


Driving Impression

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The chassis is aluminum and steel, a design in pursuit of good handling, and the TT comes out fairly nimble and balanced. The progressive steering with variable ratio and variable electric assist allows quick flicks in switchbacks and mountain hairpins, while contributing to stability on the freeway. However road feel is a bit lacking.

The handling is fairly balanced despite an a less-than-ideal design, with the engine extending forward of the front axle, making weight distribution 60/40 front/rear–nose heavy. With that limitation, it’s inevitable that the TT will understeer, when it’s being pushed in corners.

The faster TTS uses a magnetic suspension that’s firmer than the TT’s while delivering a better ride on rough pavement. But still we want more road feel.

At 75 miles per hour a rear spoiler rises from the deck. Audi says it generates 110 pounds of downforce at 155 mph, which means you’ll never feel it. But it looks cool.

The TT RS is ready for the track. Its turbocharged 5-cylinder engine (Audi has a long history with winning five-cylinder racecars) makes a whumping 400 horsepower and 354 pound-feet torque, to get to 60 mph in 3.7 seconds using launch control to keep the tires from spinning. The larger engine actually puts more weight up front, but its power can be used to compensate for understeer. Quattro allows it.

The available Dynamic Plus package for the RS includes carbon ceramic front brakes, and fixed dampers instead of the magnetic dampers. The fixed dampers are firmer and lower the stance. The package also includes a carbon fiber engine cover, and an electronic release in top speed to 174 mph from a mere 155. Track only please.

Walk Around

New Car Test Drive

The Audi TT has been around more than 20 years, and in that time has evolved from round and funky to round, sleek, and powerful. From cute to awesome. Others have evolved toward roundness, because it is aerodynamic. So the first funky TT was a pioneering leader. Maybe not iconic like the upside-down-bathtub Porsche, but still distinctive.

The TT has tucked-in overhangs and softly chiseled edges. It looks like a smaller version of the sensational R8 supercar. Its shoulders and creases, but especially its face, the wide-mouthed black grille, LED matrix headlamps.

Interior Overview

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The cabin feels radical, with a swoopy padded dash that envelopes the driver and hangs over the passenger’s legs like an aircraft wing. The whole cabin feels aerospacey. You can find jet engines in the round vents on the black dash panel, for example. If you’re looking for them. At the center of the vents are climate control buttons that press and twist.

The piped-in sound track from the engine reminds you it’s not a jet. The cabin materials bring you up to first class, they are high quality, goes without saying with Audi.

The interior is purposeful, functional, and roomy (for a sports car) in front, with decent legroom and good adjustability in the driver’s seat. The front seats have good lateral support for the thighs and good bolstering for the back. In the coupe, the rear passengers’ legs will be buckled and heads might hit the hatchback glass.

The interface is Audi Virtual Cockpit, using a 12.3-inch high-contrast screen displaying three different gauge layouts, including a performance version. The driver chooses his gauge display with a “view” button on the steering wheel.

Most of Virtual Cockpit is controlled or not by voice command, steering-wheel switchgear, and a touch pad on the center console for MMI. A Navigation Plus package adds Audi Connect, with an embedded LTE data connection and Google Earth map displays, as well as Facebook- and Twitter-integrated interfaces. It also offers a search function that lets you input free text, scanning everything from navigation destinations to phone contacts to songs to podcasts.

Virtual cockpit offers passengers no physical control over audio or other functions. But there’s always voice command. Good luck with that.

The cabin materials and trim are bold, for example the flamboyant Express Red or Palomino Brown leather to choose over plain black or gray. There’s also Alcantara faux suede. The available S line package has diamond patterning on Nappa leather, and a lighting package enhances the interior’s ambience with accent lighting.

The trunk in the roadster is quite small at 7.5 cubic feet, but the coupe has a decent 12.0 cubic feet.


New Car Test Drive

The Audi TT looks great, handles well, and has a superb powertrain, with its 2.0 turbo available with 220 or 292 hp, take your pick. Or pick the new RS for another 20 grand, with an inline five-cylinder engine making 400 horsepower. We like them all, but especially the RS because it makes supercar power and speed out of a smaller engine and less weight.

Sam Moses contributed to this review, with staff reports.

Model Lineup

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The Audi TT comes as a coupe or roadster. Audi TT Coupe ($43,950) and Audi TT Roadster ($47,450) come standard with automatic climate control; tilt/telescoping steering column; power features; ambient interior lighting; leather; 12-way power front seats with heating, Audi’s MMI infotainment system; Audi’s virtual cockpit programmable instrument cluster; a nine-speaker audio system; HD and satellite radio; Bluetooth; keyless entry; a rearview camera; front and rear parking sensors (new for 2018); a drive mode selector; automatic LED headlights; LED taillights; an adaptive rear spoiler; and 18-inch alloy wheels.

Audi TTS ($52,950) and TT RS ($64,900) only come as coupes. Audi TTS Coupe ($52,950) adds leather and Alcantara seats, magnetic ride suspension, larger brakes, and 19-inch wheels. (Prices are MSRP and do not include destination charge.)

A Technology package for the TT and TTS features a Bang & Olufsen surround-sound audio system with 12 speakers and 680 watts of power, navigation, blind-spot monitors, a smartphone interface, and Audi Connect wife hotspot capability with access to apps, social media, and weather, fuel prices, and other information.

New for 2018 is the S line Competition package with high gloss exterior accents, brushed aluminum door sills and inlays, red brake calipers, S line sport suspension, leather and Alcantara sport seats with S line embossing, and a flat-bottom S line steering wheel.

Also new for 2018 is the TTS model’s Exclusive Interior package that includes Nappa leather, S embossed front seats with diamond stitching and extended leather trim and controls.

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