The Audi TTS's price and mission put it into the same category as the Porsche Boxster, but I can't really think about the Audi in Boxster terms. The Boxster is always at the top of my list when people ask, "So what's your favorite car?" Nothing in the Audi TT family (except perhaps the Volkswagen GTI) comes to mind.
Not that the TTS is a throwaway car, by any means. As Phil suggested, this thing is awesome in the snow. I was actually shocked at how quick, grippy, and surefooted this car was on slick, snowy road surfaces: thank you, Quattro all-wheel drive and Dunlop winter tires. The DSG dual-clutch transmission's shifts are quick and hard, but it seems reluctant to downshift when coasting, making the engine sound boggy. (I assume that the computer knows what it's doing, but I wouldn't lug the engine that much if I were driving a manual.) Also, these electronic dampers are more defined than any others I can think of - there's a clear, noticeable difference in ride quality when you activate the sport suspension. Unfortunately, the roads were too slick for me to thoroughly test how much they affect handling.
Of course, the interior is very impressive (as is the normal TT). The thick leather stitching in the seats is gorgeous, the shifter looks and feels great, and the HVAC vents and flat-bottom steering wheel simply reek of quality.
Rusty Blackwell, Copy Editor