Porsche 718 Boxster S vs Audi TTS Roadster
Replacing the Boxster's sweet six-cylinder engine with a four-cylinder is a gamble. We pit it against Audi's TTS Roadster to find out if it's paid off...
The new four-cylinder engine has robbed the Boxster of some of its charm. So, if you’re thinking about upgrading your old model, we wouldn’t necessarily recommend rushing to your local Porsche dealer.
However, the Boxster is still the best two-seat roadster at this price point. It is sensational to drive, and the fact it’s now faster and cheaper to own are bonuses. Its margin of victory over the TTS is small, though. The TTS is a fine roadster that will cost you far less to buy and run.
1st – Porsche 718 Boxster
For Straight-line pace; wonderful steering; higher handling limits; gearshift
Against Anodyne engine note; pricey; poorly equipped; fiddly touchscreen
Verdict Less loveable than before; but still utterly awesome to drive
2nd – Audi TTS Roadster
For Capable handling; stunning interior; much cheaper to buy and own
Against Not as competent or rewarding through bends; sloppier gearshift
Verdict Massively cheaper to buy and run, so well worth a look
Specifications: Audi TTS Roadster 2.0 TFSI quattro
Engine size 2.0-litre, petrol, turbocharged
List price £41,435
Target Price £37,429
Torque 280lb ft
Top speed 155mph
Fuel economy 32.7mpg (True MPG)
CO2 emissions 173g/km
Specifications: Porsche 718 Boxster S 2.5
Engine size 2.5-litre, petrol, turbocharged
Price from £50,695
Target Price £50,695
Torque 310lb ft
Top speed 177mph
Fuel economy 34.0mpg (True MPG)
CO2 emissions 184g/km
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