The first batch of 2015 Audi TT Roadsters have left the factory in Gyor, Hungary.
Chairman of the Board of Management of AUDI AG, Rupert Stadler, explained, “The start of production of the new Audi TT Roadster underscores Audi Hungaria's position in our worldwide production network."
Adding, “The Gyor site makes a significant contribution to our growth and strengthens our international competitiveness." Audi began full production at the Gyor plant in June 2013 – since then, more than 100,000 cars have been made.
4,000 out of the 5,000 people recruited since 2010 have been employed at the plant in Central Europe.
Board of Management Member for Production at AUDI AG, Dr. Hubert Waltl, said, “Gyor became the first Audi plant outside Germany 21 years ago; that was a decisive step taken by the company in its development into an international group”. Adding, “The site's success story shows that the decision was right."
Priced from £31,955, the new TT Roadster is available to order now, with first deliveries due next March.
The new TT will come equipped with a 2.0-litre TFSI petrol engine producing 227bhp and manages the standard 0 to 62mph in just 4.9 seconds.
From next year, a TTS model producing 307bhp from a turbocharged 2.0-litre petrol unit will be offered as will a more frugal 2.0-litre TDI Ultra, which will reportedly achieve a frugal 65.7mpg.
A fully automatic soft-top roof will be fitted to every TT Roadster in the range. The fabric roof takes just 10 seconds to open and close, is lighter than ever before - 3kg less than the old model - and can be operated at speeds of up to 31mph.
The new TT Roadster also features additional underbody strengthening which Audi says will ensure that roof chop doesn’t spoil ride quality and handling dynamics. Interior and exterior styling has been lifted from the Coupe, which allows for a sporty profile. A luxurious cabin, which features Audi’s virtual cockpit, is based around a 12.3-inch high resolution LCD display that replaces the traditional analogue dials.
Drivers have the choice between two display modes including the classic view where the speedometer and the rev counter are in the foreground. There’s also an ‘infotainment’ mode where these instruments are made smaller allowing for more space for other functions such as the satellite navigation system.