Audi TTS roadster



The quickest TT ever is still trying to catch up to the Porsche Boxster.

Audi is ascendant lately, witha string of endurance Tacing wins,
worldwide sales up four percent in 2008 to crest one million for the
first time, and the R8 powering the brand into the supercar arena. So
perhaps it's not so surprising that the company has the confidence to price its new TTS roadster, the hottest version of the TT, within spitting distanceof the Porsche Boxster ($775 more, actually).

Not that it's quite an apples-to-apples comparison. The TTS comes with
more standard equipment, most notably all-wheel drive and a dual-clutch
automatic transmission, if you want a similar whiz-bang gearbox in a
Boxster, you have to shell out a whopping 63420. On topof that, the TTS's
heavily tweaked direct-injected. 2,0-liter turbocharged in-line four puts out 10 hp more than the base Boxster anda significant 44 lb-ft more torque. Audi engineers modified the block and the cyhnderheadas well as the connecting rods, pistons, lutbocharger, and injection.system to make sure the boostedengine wouldn't self-destruct.

The result is a claimed o-to-60-inphtimeaf 5.1 seconds, nearly
matching the more powerful {and $9325 more expensive) Boxstcr S. The
TTS is also quite frugal, considering its performance. Its ETA combined
fuel economy rating of 24 mpg is the same as those of the Suzuki SX4
Sport and the base Mitsubishi Lancer, two cars that would be specks in
the Audi's rearviewmtrror in a drag race.

The TTS drives Uke a very fast, very grippy, and very expensive Volkswagen GTI. We love the GTI.but we want a $50K roadster to have a bit more brilliance in the steering and a bit better chassis balance,
Audi did what it could; it lowered the suspension, fitted
adjustable magnetic dampers, and quickened the reaction of
the Quattro system, but this is still no mid-engine sports car.

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