The sporty roadster was long thought to be a dying breed. With crossovers and EVs becoming increasingly popular and customers prioritizing connectivity and practicality over performance and emotion, it didn’t seem as if roadsters still had a place in the market. Despite that, we have some excellent sporty roadsters on sale at the moment and Joe Achilles just put two of the best up against each other — the Audi TT RS Roadster and BMW Z4 M40i.
You likely know all about the Audi TT RS Roadster already, as it’s been on sale for a few years now. But in case you don’t, we’ll give you a refresher course. The TT RS Roadster is a two-seat, all-wheel drive convertible with a 2.5 liter turbocharged five-cylinder under hood. That turbo five-pot makes 400 hp, 354 lb-ft of torque and the most glorious of noises.
As for the BMW Z4 M40i, it’s also a two-seat roadster but only powers its rear wheels. Sending power to those rear wheels is a 3.0 liter turbocharged inline-six engine, making 335 hp (Euro-spec, it makes 382 hp in North American-spec) and 369 lb-ft. It also makes a great noise, just not as soulful of one as the Audi’s hilarious fiver.
Both cars get automatic gearboxes only; the Audi getting a seven-speed dual-clutch and the BMW an eight-speed auto; and both can nail 60 mph in under four seconds. There may be a couple of tenths difference in 60 mph time in the Audi’s favor but, in the real world, it honestly makes no difference. Both cars are seriously fast.
Which one is better to drive? We haven’t driven both, actually, as we’ve yet to drive the Audi TT RS, only the standard TT and TTS. So we’ll let Achilles tell you how he feels about both cars. However, we do know that they’re very different cars and both great fun to drive.