Audi’s iconic two-door sports car is receiving a final edition to send off the model, but it’s exclusive to the United States.
Created by Audi of America, the TT Roadster Final Edition will be limited to 50 units, and as the name suggests they’re all convertibles.
They receive a familiar colour, as well as various visual tweaks. The overall look, however, is quite different to the European-market TT S Final Edition revealed earlier this year.
Not just a pretty face, the Final Edition receives a few goodies from Audi’s performance parts catalogue.
Most noticeable are the silver 20×9-inch forged wheels inherited from the TT S. The larger wheels are wrapped in 255/30 summer tyres, also inherited from the sportier S model.
Under the skin, the TT Final Edition roadster receives Audi’s magnetic ride suspension system from its sportier cousin, with a drop in ride height of 10mm.
The TT Final Edition produces 170kW of power and 350Nm of torque from its 2.0-litre turbocharged four cylinder petrol engine. This is down 10kW and 20Nm on Australian-spec 45 TFSI models, which could be due to different emissions or fuel standards.
Drive in the TT Roadster is sent to all four wheels via a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. The 0-60mph (0-96km/h) dash is completed in 5.5 seconds.
Audi of America has given the TT Final Edition multiple cosmetic modifications that hark back to TTs of the past.
The TT Final Edition features Audi exclusive Goodwood Green pearl effect paint, a colour available on the first-generation TT.
Also exclusive to the TT Final Edition are Platinum grey matte exterior accents and an S line bodykit, usually reserved for the coupe model.
Topping off the exterior enhancements is a grey folding soft top which has so far only appeared on the 2019 TT Roadster 20th Anniversary edition.
The interior of the TT Final Edition is finished in Palomino Brown which covers more of the interior than before, as the TT Final Edition receives the extended leather package and carbon-fibre inlays as standard.
Just for those chilly days, the TT Final Edition features neck-level heating in its seats, and the seat belts feature built-in microphones to maintain voice quality when on a call with the roof down.
Over the life of the TT, Audi has frequently used the roadster and coupe to debut new technologies for the brand.
The first-generation TT was sold from 1998 to 2006, in which time 178,765 examples of the model were sold.
At launch, the ‘Bauhaus-inspired’ first-generation TT challenged Audi design norms of the time, with its the car being a showcase of ‘what could be’ for the brand.
The first-generation TT was also the first production model to receive Audi’s ‘S-tronic’ dual-clutch automatic transmission.
The second generation remained true to the TT formula, and introduced the hotter RS model, powered by a 250kW turbocharged five-cylinder engine.
Finally, the third generation, launched in 2014, debuted new technologies for the brand such as the now ubiquitous Virtual Cockpit digital instrument cluster, plus an active rear spoiler and OLED tail lights.
Year to date, Audi TT sales are actually up in Australia though it’s still a niche player. Audi has sold 88 to the end of October, up from just 36 over the same period in 2022.
That’s still down considerably on TT sales in the early years of the current generation. In 2015, Audi sold 651 TTs in Australia, and sales declined every year thereafter.