2016 Audi TT RS Roadster review
TT RS Roadster adds roof-down sensory delight to the brutish package of the coupé but still plays second fiddle to Porsche
The Audi TT RS Roadster takes the hard-top TT RS’s formula of brutal, R8-chasing quattro-equipped pace and lops the roof off to open you up to the elements.Of course, as well as adding a closeness to Mother Nature, removing the roof impacts the car in other ways. Chiefly, it brings a weight penalty for the necessary structural reinforcement, in this instance making the Roadster 90kg heavier than the coupé. The knock-on effect of which is a 0-62mph time of 3.9sec (0.2sec slower than the coupé) and marginally worse fuel economy, as well as a price increase of £1750.The good bit? Well, for starters, you get an aural sensation that’s rare among soft-tops in this price bracket. Everything else remains the same as the coupé, which means Audi’s Virtual Cockpit, fancy OLED tail-lights and, of course, the 394bhp 2.5-litre five-cylinder engine are all present and correct.We’ve already driven the coupé abroad, but we found that, for all its brashness and jaw-dropping figures, it didn’t quite translate into the supremely competent sports car package this price demands. Does the Roadster improve things?