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Audi raises the roof.

AUDI has lifted the lid on a stunning new rag top version of its TT Coupe, which is due to arrive here next spring.

Expected to cost pounds 26,915 for the 200bhp 2.0-litre turbo-charged model with front wheel drive and pounds 31,535 for the 4WD 250bhp 3.2-litre V6 the newcomer has shunned the current coupe cabriolet craze.

Instead there are two very distinct cars - a fixed head coupe and a canvas top roadster with a fully automatic hood.

Unlike the current car there is no need for the driver to attach the leading edge of the roof frame to the inside of the windscreen or to undo it again for opening.

The new arrangement operates entirely at the touch of a button and takes just 12 seconds to open and close, which is almost half the time of a coupe cabriolet's steel roof.

The hood can be operated at speeds of up to 35mph so there is no need to pull over when the weather changes unexpectedly.

The only downside is that the hood mechanism takes up the room behind the front seats so that the roadster is strictly a two-seater. However, it comes with an automatic wind deflector that rises automatically behind the heads of the two occupants and lowers when the roof is raised.

The roof is more sophisticated too, with higher levels of thermal insulation and noise suppression.

One feature that remains unchanged is the pair of roll-over hoops that give the car a distinctive appearance, unlike some of its rivals whose head protection devices are hidden until fired upwards by pyrotechnics in the event of a roll-over.

Other features include a new flip-up boot spoiler, a steering wheel with a flat underside, climate control and a new sound system.

Both engines come with a six-speed manual transmission with S tronic semi-automatic as an option.

There are two very distinct cars - a fixed head coupe and a canvas top roadster

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Publication:Birmingham Mail (England)
Date:Oct 27, 2006
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