The new TT Roadster convertible from Audi turns heads in the DMV and beyond.
The Audi Roadster is quick and responsive, yet stable: Unlike some two-seaters you don't feel like you're strapped on top of a rocket.
It’s twilight on an early spring evening on the roads of Montgomery County, and I’m having more fun than the drivers around me. While they go from point A to point B, I’m in paddle-shifting, sport-suspension heaven, bobbing, weaving, and accelerating around them. (Carefully, of course.) My weekend weapon of choice: the Audi TT Roadster Convertible.
They’ve overhauled it for 2016, but nothing radical here. The exterior’s still got the same familiar elliptical shape. It’s quick and responsive, yet stable: Unlike some small two-seaters, you don’t feel like you’re strapped on top of a rocket. But it’s the new interior that really grabs you—quilted leather seats, a modern-minimalist instrument panel (with some unexpectedly sexy red backlighting in spots), and a one gigahertz processor cranking out 3D graphics on the display.
Oh, one more thing: It’s 43 degrees outside, and I’ve put the top down. I couldn’t resist, that is, once I activated the expected heated seats and the unexpected vents in the headrests, which blow warm air right at the nape of your neck. The fact that the radio played Tom Petty’s “American Girl” right when I was mulling over the issue—I’m just going to assume that’s a standard feature. Audi Tysons Corner, 8598 Leesburg Pike, Vienna, 703-564-6200