At a glance, the TT Roadster looks exactly the same as the coupe. But there are a few subtle differences. Two prototypes are actually featured in our photo gallery, the first being a new type of base model without LED headlights. This is the first time we've seen a next-gen TT with xenons and it doesn't look half bad.
We believe that under its bonnet, less impressive engines will also be fitted. The current base engine for the Mk3 TT is a 2-liter TDI
Also consciously missing from under the TT's bonnet is Audi's bread and butter engine, the 1.8-liter turbo, which makes 180 hp in a number of compact cars from the VW family. The 1.8 TFSI was one of Audi's biggest tasks when the MQB platform was being developed and is used by SEAT's Leon as well.
None of these engines seem particularly impressive, but in a car that's around 50 kg (110 lbs) lighter than its predecessor, they will make for a fast and efficient summertime cruiser. A 310 hp TTS Roadster will also be launched, capable of 0 to 100 km/h in just 5 seconds and a limited top speed of 155 mph (250 km/h).
Given these prototypes both look like they could roll off the production line tomorrow, we expect a full reveal early next year at the Detroit Auto Show in January, followed by a market launch later that year.