2015 Audi TTS Roadster

The TTS Roadster builds on Audi's stylish TT drop-top by increasing output to 265 horsepower, incorporating a standard adaptive suspension and adding more aggressive sheetmetal. The changes don't quite transform the Roadster into a sports car, although it should nonetheless prove appealing for those in search of a quick ragtop with a well-appointed cabin and plenty of flair.

Buyers who aren't looking for open-top motoring can opt for the TTS coupe.

Recent Changes
The TTS gains an optional Competition Package for the latest model year.

Some cars are defined by their engines, others by the way they attack curves - in the TTS Roadster's case, styling is its raison d'etre. Using the progressive, modern ethos of Germany's Bauhaus art movement as a starting point, Audi's designers created a convertible that, like the original TT, incorporates arches and flowing elements to create a unique, timeless form.

Instead of the fashionable but heavy retractable hardtop used by some rivals, the TTS Roadster utilizes a folding soft top that saves weight and can power itself down in just 15 seconds.

Life Aboard
Inside, the TTS Roadster upholds Audi's reputation for finely crafted cabins with a simple yet elegant dashboard and high-quality materials throughout. The coupe's vestigal rear-seats were lost in the transition between hardtop and convertible - no big deal there, as few would volunteer to sit in such a cramped space. More importantly, the ragtop eats up a significant amount of cargo space, although a respectable 8.8 cubic feet remain.

Under the Hood
Power comes from a tuned version of VW Group's venerable turbocharged and direct injected 2.0-liter four-cylinder. The motor good for 265 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque - compared with the standard TT, that's 45 additional ponies but the exact same level of torque.

The exclusive dancing partners of the powerplant include Audi's quattro all-wheel drive system and a six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. The setup is capable of completing the benchmark sprint in just 5.1 seconds.

Fuel economy is rated at 22 city and 31 highway miles per gallon.

The high-tech Audi magnetic ride damper system is fitted as standard. In this system, tiny magnetic particles circulate in the oil inside the shock absorbers. When voltage is applied to them, they alter the damping characteristics within milliseconds.

This adaptive system promises enhanced levels of ride comfort and handling, although it doesn't quite turn the TTS Roadster into a genuine performance machine.

Standard and Optional Features
The TTS Roadster comes standard with heated and power-adjustable leather/alcantara sports seats, a 12-speaker, 255-watt AM/FM/CD/Sirius XM Bose sound system with AUX and USB inputs, single-zone automatic climate control, Bluetooth smartphone connectivity, Xenon headlights with LED daytime running lights, a leather-wrapped, flat-bottom multifunction steering wheel with paddle shifters, LED interior lighting and 18-inch alloy wheels.

Options include heated Nappa leather sports seats,, a navigation system with real-time traffic updates, a six-disc CD changer and an ultrasonic rear parking assist system.

The carbon package brings a front splitter and rear diffuser.

The Black Optic package includes stygian exterior trim and 19-inch 15-spoke alloy wheels in Titanium finish.

Finally, the new Competition Package brings black brake calipers, a fixed rear spoiler, model-specific alloy wheels and leather seats with contrast stitching. Cars fitted with the Competition Package can only be ordered in Imola Yellow or Nimbus Gray.

Occupant Safety
Every TTS Roadster model is outfitted with dual front, side and knee airbags along with traction and stability control systems and electronic brake-pressure distribution.

Key Competitors
The Audi TTS Roadster can be cross-shopped against the BMW Z4, the Mercedes-Benz SLK-
Class and the Porsche Boxster.