In the realm of automobiles, some models achieve legendary status, becoming synonymous with striking design and exhilarating performance. Audi’s TT is unquestionably one of these iconic models, and in 2023, it prepares to take its final bow with a befitting tribute – the Audi TT Roadster Final Edition. This limited-production masterpiece not only celebrates three generations of iconic design but also showcases Audi’s unwavering commitment to pushing the boundaries of automotive excellence.
A Nostalgic Nod to Timeless Design
The TT Roadster Final Edition is more than just a car; it’s a living testament to Audi’s dedication to exceptional design. Painted in the exclusive “Goodwood Green Pearl Effect” – a nod to the very first TT Roadster’s color palette – this unique shade of green exudes a sense of nostalgia and reverence. It’s paired with Platinum Gray matte exterior bumper trim and side trim elements, seamlessly integrated with the S line exterior, an option that is being introduced for the first time on the third-generation TT Roadster. Notably, this edition boasts the S line exterior without the customary badging, enhancing its exclusivity.
The addition of a gray convertible top not only enhances the aesthetic appeal but also adds practicality. This convertible top, equipped with an electrohydraulic drive system, can be raised or lowered in just 10 seconds, and it can do so while the vehicle is in motion, traveling at speeds of up to 31 mph.
Inside the TT Roadster Final Edition, the design exudes elegance. The Palomino Brown leather interior pays homage to the iconic baseball-stitch leather found in the first-generation TT. An extended leather package extends this sense of luxury to the door armrests and center console, creating a seamless and opulent interior. Audi’s exclusive Palomino Brown stitching is a thoughtful touch, adorning the steering wheel and gear selector boot. Even the floor mats are meticulously trimmed with Palomino Brown leather piping and stitching, resulting in an interior that’s nothing short of spectacular.
To underline the sporty character of this final edition, Carbon fiber inlays are tastefully incorporated into the interior surfaces. The TT Roadster’s S sport seats are equipped with neck-level heating, ensuring comfort even with the top down. Moreover, these seats come with built-in seatbelt microphones, enhancing Bluetooth and voice recognition functionality.
Performance and Innovation Combined
The TT Roadster Final Edition doesn’t just captivate with its looks; it’s a genuine performance car. Under its hood, you’ll find a 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbocharged engine delivering a robust 228 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque. The power is adeptly managed by a 7-speed S tronic dual-clutch transmission, and it’s efficiently distributed to all four wheels via quattro all-wheel drive. This configuration results in a thrilling driving experience, propelling the TT Roadster from 0 to 60 mph in just 5.5 seconds.
The performance is further elevated with the inclusion of 20×9-inch 10-Y-spoke design forged wheels, paired with 255/30 R20 summer tires borrowed from the sportier TTS model. The Audi magnetic ride suspension system dynamically adapts damping forces to suit the driving situation, ensuring both superior driving dynamics and a lower center of gravity, thanks to its 10mm reduction in ride height compared to the standard suspension.
A Name Steeped in Heritage
The “TT” in the Audi TT name carries a rich history. It pays homage to the Tourist Trophy held on the Isle of Man, one of the world’s oldest motorsport events. Auto Union brands celebrated numerous victories with their motorcycles on this historic track. Audi embraced this nomenclature to emphasize the novelty of the TT Coupe when it was first unveiled in 1998, followed by the introduction of the Roadster model in 1999.
A Bittersweet Farewell to an Icon
The Audi TT has been a pioneer, introducing numerous iconic design and technology innovations over the years. These include the electronically deployable rear spoiler, Audi virtual cockpit, and the first Audi model with available OLED taillights. With the 2023 model, the Audi TT officially concludes its production, marking the end of a legendary era characterized by groundbreaking design and innovation.
Available for Collectors and Enthusiasts
For automotive aficionados and collectors, the Audi TT Roadster Final Edition is now available for purchase in the U.S. market. Priced at an MSRP of $67,800 plus a $1,095 destination charge, this limited-production vehicle offers a chance to own a piece of Audi’s storied history. With only 50 units available, this exclusive model promises a unique driving experience that blends timeless design with modern technology and exhilarating performance. The Audi TT Roadster Final Edition is more than a car; it’s a tribute to an icon, a celebration of timeless design, and a collector’s dream come true.