[cars name="Audi"] is showing a new topless TT here at L.A., and the roadster’s numbers look to be little different from the coupe’s; U.S.-market powertrains have yet to be determined, but Audi’s 3.2-liter, 250-hp V-6 will likely make an appearance, along with a 2.0-liter direct-injection turbo four-cylinder. Like the coupe, the roadster is both longer (by 5.4 inches), wider (by 3.1 inches), and taller (by 0.3 inches) than its predecessor. Wheelbase increases as well, by 1.8 inches. Reinforced side sills and A-pillars are unique to the droptop.
Like the coupe, the four-cylinder roadster is likely to be front-wheel drive only, while the V-6 should come exclusively with all-wheel drive. An electric wind deflector will be available; Europeans will see both a power and a manual convertible top, but our guess is that we’ll only get the powered version.
By all accounts, the new is everything the last one wasn’t: a soulful, chunky little squirt of a car with the personality to match its carved-from-a-block-of-Bau’s-Haus looks. We can but hope that the roadster version won’t be any different.