Okay, so these two cars aren’t exactly a match for one another. From Audi, the TT RS packs 400 hp from its 2.5 liter turbocharged I5 engine, a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox and Quattro all-wheel drive. The Porsche 718 Boxster S only has 345 hp, a six-speed manual (dual-clutch is optional) and is rear-wheel drive. So the Boxster S is a bit outmatched, in terms of power and performance and offers a bit of a different experience than the TT RS. But these are the brand’s two most fun small convertibles, so Auto Express decided to see how they got on.
It’s pretty obvious that the TT RS is going to be faster. For the Audi TT RS, 0-60 mph comes in just 3.6 seconds, which is crazy fast. The Porsche 718 Boxster? 4.8 seconds. That’s still quick, but nowhere near the TT RS’s time. The Audi TT RS will also be faster around a track, because its capable Quattro all-wheel drive will give it far more grip and all of its torque will allow it to be faster on corner exit. But performance numbers aren’t exactly what these two cars are about.
These two cars are about fun and how they drive. In that regard, the Porsche 718 Boxster starts to pull away from the Audi TT RS Roadster. While the Audi is fast and incredibly capable, it can be a bit clinical. Its grip is tenacious but it doesn’t let you have any fun. Whereas the Porsche will hang its tail out all day if you just ask it to. The Porsche is also available with a manual gearbox, something the Audi is not, which further increases driving pleasure.
Plus, the Boxster just has a better chassis than the TT RS. While the MQB platform upon which the TT RS is built is very good for small sports cars, it just doesn’t have the sophistication or dynamics of the Porsche Boxster. The latter car is mid-engine and rear-wheel drive while the TT RS is front-engine and, despite its Quattro all-wheel drive, is front-wheel drive-based. So it will never be as much fun as the Boxster.
And that really makes the difference in these two cars. The Audi TT RS provides supercar levels of speed at a third of the price and looks great doing it, but the Porsche 718 Boxster just has the right moves to make its driver smile. And at the end of the day, that’s what matter most.