Through three generations of the Audi TT, it’s never been the sharpest tool in the segment. While always fun to drive, it’s never been the scalpel that many of its competitors have always been. However, this third-gen model is the best of them and the new facelift Audi’s given it has made it the best it’s ever been. Is that enough to allow it to compete with the best driver’s cars in the segment? Auto Express finds out.
In this test, the Audi TTS takes on the standard Porsche 718 Cayman and the new Alpine A110. All three cars are pretty evenly matched. The Audi uses its 2.0 liter turbocharged four-cylinder to make 302 hp, while the Alpine makes 248 hp from its 2.0 liter turbo-four and the Porsche makes 296 hp from its 2.0 liter turbocharged four-pot. While the Alpine has quite a bit less power, it’s also the lightest of the bunch by far and the Audi is the heaviest.
The Audi TTS is also a bit of an outlier in this test, being front engine and all-wheel drive. The other two are mid-engine and rear-wheel drive. Though, they all have dual-clutch gearboxes.
So how do the three cars stack up? Well, you should go and read Auto Express’ test to find out in detail. However, we can tell you that the Audi TTS did not win. Honestly, we’re not sure any car in this segment can beat the Alpine A110. It’s such a unique car in today’s automotive world, as it’s ultra lightweight, simple and focused on fun over everything else. The TTS has its own charms, though. While it isn’t the razor-blade that the Alpine is, it’s more capable in bad weather, has much better technology and is more comfortable. Still, if you’re buying a sports car and have to choose between these three, it’s hard to go against the French one.