Usually, roadsters imply compromise, but the 2008 Audi TT 3.2 Quattro skimps on neither performance nor cabin gadgets. The convertible version of Audi’s unique little coupe gets a remake for 2008, with some minor exterior updates and a full range of interior tech. But along with this incredible performance comes a high price, suggesting the TT is a rich person’s toy.
The new TT roadster deemphasizes the curviness of its predecessor’s body and breaks up the smooth sides with a more distinct beltline. It looks like a slab on wheels, but Audi proves that a slab can be sculpted. The headlights and grille give the front end a distinct face, while the curved trunk lip has a retractable spoiler. The convertible top works effortlessly, lowering and raising at the push of a button, and latching itself down without driver intervention.
Because of the minimal available space in roadsters, we’re not surprised when they don’t offer options such as navigation. However, Audi aims at a luxury buyer, so the options for the TT include a full navigation unit, a premium stereo, and Bluetooth cell phone preparation. Our test car didn’t have navigation, but the stereo’s red LED was larger than any standard radio display we’ve seen.