This generation of Audi TTS Roadster has been the best generation yet, as the TTS has finally become a proper sports car, as opposed to just being a fashion statement. We’ve been relieved that the current Audi TTS is as good as it is, because it’s finally realizing its true potential. But just how good of a sports car is it? Can it compare to the perennial best roadster in the class, the Porsche Boxster?
Auto Express finds out.
For this new generation of Porsche 718 Boxster, the Stuttgart-based brand has given it a new name and a new engine. The former being the 718 moniker, which harkens back to Porsche’s race car of rat elate 1950’s, and the latter being an all-new 2.0 liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that makes 300 hp. This compares to the Audi TTS Roadster’s 2.0 liter turbocharged TFSI engine that makes 292 hp.
Both cars send their power through six-speed manuals in this test (though the six-speed manual is not available for the TT/TTS in the US market), but the Porsche sends its power to just its rear wheels while the Audi sends it to all four, via Quattro.
In terms of performance, the Porsche 718 Boxster is quite a bit faster than the Audi TTS Roadster, as the Boxster can get from 0-60 mph in just 5.2 seconds, while it takes the TTS 6.2 seconds to do the same sprint. The reason for the huge performance disparity, despite the close power ratings, is likely the weight difference between both cars. While it’s only about 100 lbs, that’s enough for the Porsche to gain a substantial performance edge.
However, despite the performance disadvantage, the TTS Roadster still puts up a very serious fight to the mighty Boxster. The TTS Roadster has superb grip and its Quattro all-wheel drive system will provide higher cornering speeds than in the 718 Boxster. It’s also very fun to toss around and has excellent performance. But even though the TTS Roadster puts up a valiant fight, it can’t fend off the sublime handling Boxster.
Porsche has been doing this sort of thing longer than anyone, so it’s no surprise that its latest iteration of the Boxster is better than ever. Its steering is said to be perfect and its chassis dynamics are transcendent. So it does edge out the Audi TTS Roadster. However, Audi’s newest drop-top sports car is better than ever and as close as it’s ever been to taking on Porsche’s famous Boxster.