Does the TT have what it takes to keep up?
What the Boxster Gets Right
The current Boxster is longer, wider, lighter and lower than previous models. Its 2.7-liter flat-six increases efficiency with direct fuel injection and electronic valve control. The result is 265 horsepower and 206 pound-feet of torque. With the standard six-speed manual gearbox, a Boxster launches from zero to 60 mph in just 5.4 seconds.
The cabin is roomier than in the past. Even in the base model, six-way adjustable seats make long trips more comfortable. With LED taillights, this German speedster stays on trend.
What the Audi TT Gets Right
The TT's 2-liter engine uses Fuel Stratified Injection (FSI) for increased fuel efficiency, increased power and cleaner emissions. The four-cylinder power plant develops an impressive 211 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. The dual-clutch six-speed transmission efficiently transfers power to all wheels in ratios that depend on road conditions.
The TT zooms from zero to 60 mph in a quick 6.3 seconds, and traction on twisting, turning country roads is unparalleled. Inside the cockpit, supportive-yet-comfortable leather seats are standard, even in the base model. Twenty-four cubic feet of cargo space is available in the four-seat Coupe with the rear seats folded down.
Can the TT Keep Up With a New Boxster?
The Audi TT receives praise for getting great performance out of its four-banger and dual-clutch transmission. Drivers can expect sporty performance with the utility of all-weather handling. However, the Boxster's engineers have integrated cutting edge engine management technologies that maximize performance in a relatively small displacement vehicle.
Our Verdict: Porsche Boxster
These advances in the Porsche, combined with increased interior space and updated styling, offer a more satisfying experience for the sports car enthusiast.