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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

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Our Verdict

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

Read the full Porsche 718 Boxster review


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

Read the full Audi TT Roadster review


Specifications: Audi TTS Roadster 2.0 TFSI quattro

Engine size 2.0-litre, petrol, turbocharged

List price Β£41,435

Target Price Β£37,429

Power 306bhp

Torque 280lb ft

0-60mph 6.0sec

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 Β£50,695

Target Price Β£50,695

Power 345bhp

Torque 310lb ft

0-60mph 4.5sec

Top speed 177mph

Fuel economy 34.0mpg (True MPG)

CO2 emissions 184g/km


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