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Grown-up drop-tops: 2016 Audi TT Roadster and TT S Roadster set for Paris debut

Just ahead of the 2014 Paris Motor Show, Audi is dropping the tops on the redesigned TT Roadster and TT S Roadster convertibles.

Sharing styling and tech with the 2015 TT coupe unveiled at Geneva back in March, the new TT Roadster will have substance as well as style.

The chiseled exterior is more aggressive and, dare we say it, macho, than the first two generations of TT, even with the top down.

That soft top takes just 10 seconds to fold, at speeds up to 31 mph. It also folds in a “Z” pattern that allows it to take up less space when folded.

With the top down, pedestrians will get a good look at the stylish interior. It features the same “virtual cockpit” layout as the TT coupe, with one 12.3-inch LCD display replacing both analog gauges and the traditional center-stack infotainment screen.

Since it doesn’t have to house a bulky screen, the dashboard is very thin. It’s actually supposed to look like an airplane wing, and is topped by vents that feature their own miniature digital readouts.

Related: 2016 Audi TT first drive

U.S. powertrain offerings will likely mirror those of the TT coupe, meaning consumers on this side of the Atlantic will get to choose between a pair of 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engines.

The base TT Roadster will get 230 horsepower 272 pound-feet of torque and will likely be offered with either a six-speed manual transmission and front-wheel drive, or a six-speed S tronic dual-clutch unit and Audi’s quattro all-wheel drive.

Stepping up to the TT S Roadster nets 310 hp and 280 lb-ft of torque. Audi says it will do 0 to 62 mph in 4.9 seconds, just 0.2 second off the pace of the TT S coupe. Expect both manual and automatic transmission options, with quattro standard.

The Audi TT Roadster will make its formal debut at the 2014 Paris Motor Show next week, with U.S. sales likely to start next year. Be sure to check back for all of the latest updates from France.

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