HoTTer “Hairdryer”

Audi’s new topless TT is proof that sheer style and shiok driving pleasure need not be mutually exclusive.

Chopping off a car’s roof, if you didn’t already know by now, does bad things to a car. A wobbly chassis (also known as scuttle shake), poor sound insulation and limited boot space are just some of the negative traits that plague a typical convertible.

What you get in return, though, is a flair factor turned up to 11 and greatly increased look-at-me cachet. Well, most of the time anyway – remember the hideous Chrysler PT Cruiser Convertible?

At the other end of the “unsightly” scale is Audi’s new-generation TT Roadster. When I drove the coupe version in Spain last year, I loved it. With its sharper looks, improved dynamics and, thanks to Audi’s state-of-the-art Virtual Cockpit, the best dashboard/infotainment system this side of the Starship Enterprise, the TT has a whiff of “driver’s car” about it. Will going alfresco dilute the coupe’s rewarding driving experience?

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