As the 2023 model year ushers in, the Audi TT prepares to take its final bow. In homage to its storied legacy, Audi has unveiled the TT Roadster Final Edition this week, signaling the culmination of its epoch.
A mere 50 units are slated for production, exclusively destined for the U.S. market, with pricing set to commence at $68,895, which encompasses a $1,095 destination fee.
Retrospective: Audi TT
The impending cessation of the TT was made public in 2019. While Audi has indicated there will be a successor, it will make the transition to electric propulsion, potentially altering its market segment positioning. It may even relinquish the iconic “TT” moniker, a namesake derived from the Isle of Man TT, a race where the NSU and DKW brands, later integrated into Audi, achieved renown with their motorcycles. Notably, NSU had also previously adorned a sporty iteration of its Prinz coupe with the TT designation.
The TT Roadster Final Edition holds a unique place in automotive history, signifying the conclusion of a lineage that commenced with the original TT in 1998. This model introduced the minimalist, Bauhaus-inspired styling that would become synonymous with Audi for the ensuing two decades—and beyond, tracing back to the NSU. The TT has historically been a pioneer in integrating key technologies for Audi, including an automatic rear spoiler, a digital instrument panel, and Organic Light Emitting Diode (OLED) rear lights.
A Homage to Heritage: 2023 Audi TT Roadster Final Edition
The TT Roadster Final Edition harks back to the inaugural model through its Goodwood Green exterior—a tribute to the original palette. It pairs this with a Palomino Brown leather interior that reinterprets the classic baseball stitching from the initial model. Additional features include a gray soft top, 20-inch wheels, an S Line sport package for the exterior, and carbon fiber cabin details.
Under the hood lies the established 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine, delivering 228 horsepower. This engine is coupled with a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission and an all-wheel-drive system, a setup that propels the vehicle from a standstill to 60 mph in a swift 5.5 seconds, as per Audi’s specifications.
Further enhancing its performance, the TT Roadster Final Edition borrows elements from the TTS coupe, including sport seats, a suspension lowered by 10 millimeters equipped with magnetic ride control, and 255/30 R20 summer performance tires.
For those still keen to acquire a piece of this legacy, the TT and TTS models remain on sale for the 2023 model year, although the more potent TT RS concluded its production with the 2022 TT RS Heritage Edition last year.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Audi TT Roadster Final Edition
What is the Audi TT Roadster Final Edition?
The Audi TT Roadster Final Edition is a commemorative vehicle marking the end of the Audi TT series. Set for release in the 2023 model year, this special edition is limited to just 50 units, all designated for the U.S. market. It is priced starting at $68,895, which includes the destination charge.
How does the Final Edition differ from the standard Audi TT?
The Final Edition features unique aesthetic touches including Goodwood Green paint, a Palomino Brown leather interior with a baseball stitch pattern reminiscent of the original model, a gray soft top, 20-inch wheels, S Line sport package, and carbon fiber interior accents. Performance enhancements borrowed from the TTS coupe include sports seats, a lowered suspension with magnetic ride dampers, and specialized summer tires.
Will there be a replacement for the Audi TT?
Yes, Audi has plans for a successor to the TT, which will be an electric vehicle. However, this new model might not belong to the same market segment as the TT and could potentially not carry the TT name.
What was the inspiration behind the name “TT” for the Audi TT series?
The name “TT” comes from the Isle of Man TT (Tourist Trophy) race, where the NSU and DKW motorcycle brands, which later merged into Audi, had historical successes. NSU also used the TT name for a sporty version of its Prinz coupe.
When was the original Audi TT launched and what design ethos did it introduce?
The original Audi TT was launched in 1998, introducing a minimalist, Bauhaus-inspired design aesthetic that influenced Audi’s design language for the following two decades. This design approach also drew inspiration from the heritage of the NSU brand’s models.
What technological firsts did the Audi TT bring to the Audi brand?
The Audi TT was pioneering in introducing several key technologies for Audi, such as the electronically deployable rear spoiler, a fully digital gauge cluster, and the integration of OLED technology in the taillights.
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