Audi TT Roadster Final Edition is a gorgeous green going-away present

Audi | Jeremy Cliff

As the Audi TT‘s joyful 25-year existence reaches the end of the road, the automaker is giving its style icon a handsome send-off. The 2023 Audi TT Roadster Final Edition will don special paint, a handful of color treatments for select styling components, and sporty bodywork—all without the shouty badging that would otherwise accompany it.

2023 Audi TT Roadster Final Edition exterior front three quarter top down
Audi | Jeremy Cliff

Just 50 such cars will be made, all bound for U.S. shores. Lucky us! That gorgeous green (Audi calls it Goodwood Green pearl effect) looks deep enough to swan-dive into. The paint was offered on the first-gen TT Roadster, and now it makes a comeback for the final iteration of the third-gen car. A series of matte gray trim pieces on the bumper and the side trim, cribbed from the S line package which is offered on the TT Roadster here for the first time, help offset the green paint. As a nod to subtlety, the TT Roadster Final Edition doesn’t have those S line badges anywhere on it.

2023 Audi TT Roadster Final Edition exterior front three quarter top up
Audi | Jeremy Cliff

The convertible top, which can raise and lower the roof in just 10 seconds at speeds of up to 31 mph, is also gray. Though it’s not the first time a gray top has been offered—the 2019 TT Roadster 20th Anniversary Edition also offered it—it looks correct here. Though Audi doesn’t explicitly say so, wed bet that the gray top is meant as a nod to the original TT concept, painted silver, which had a very thick B-pillar and slim window. In profile, it’s hard to miss the connection.


Inside, toasty Palomino Brown leather wraps Roadster’s thrones. Audi says the color choice is a tribute to the first-gen TT’s optional baseball-stitch leather seats. We must ask: Would it have killed Audi to just make 100 seats with actual baseball stitching? Tributes are never as good—unless you’re Jack Black and Kyle Gass. Still, a green-over-tan color scheme always plays on a small convertible. The Palomino Brown fest continues thanks to an extended leather package that covers the door armrests and center console in the same material.

2023 Audi TT Roadster Final Edition interior over driver's shoulder
Audi | Jeremy Cliff

Every TT Roadster Final Edition will come wearing 20-inch x 9-inch forged wheels with summer performance rubber on them, a combo borrowed from the sportier Audi TTS. The TTS also donates its magnetic-ride suspension, a system that smooths out road imperfections and also lowers the car by 10 mm.

Power comes from a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder making 228 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque. That engine mates to a seven-speed dual clutch automatic and Audi’s quattro all-wheel-drive system. With that running gear, the TT Roadster can ho 60 mph from a standstill in just 5.5 seconds.

2023 Audi TT Roadster Final Edition exterior rear end detail
Audi | Jeremy Cliff

More than just a design icon, the TT, throughout the years, has served as a technological testbed for Audi. It was the brand’s first car to incorporate an electronically-deployed rear spoiler, the first to offer Audi’s brilliant virtual cockpit instrument cluster, and the first Audi to offer OLED taillights. It feels fitting, then, that a car whose entire existence was on the sharp edge of development get to ride softly into the sunset with a package that looks delightfully retro.

The 2023 Audi TT Roadster Final Edition will run you $68,895, including a $1095 destination charge. It’s available at U.S. dealers now, but if you want to be one of the lucky 50 to take one home, we’d recommend hopping to it.

2023 Audi TT Roadster Final Edition exterior rear end
Audi | Jeremy Cliff




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    I find the opening of this article so comical “ 25 years of joyful existence “. Exasperated might be a better term. Just ask those owners who had to replace their engines due to intermediate bearing failures or the months it spent at the dealer trying to get transmissions and other repairs done. And then there is the costly normal maintenance. How about what they cost new and what they sold for when 3-4 years old. Don’t get me wrong I owned an Audi 100LS back in the early seventies. Roomy, great driving, great gas mileage, pretty quick, but really simple back then. I’ve owned a lot of cars and everything considered I would have to put it at the top for checking off all the boxes overall

    I always thought of the 1st generation as the embodiment of a ’30s, ’40s toon car, only lacking Goofy in the driver’s seat.

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