2009 Audi TTS Roadster

At first I thought I'd have to revoke Evan's Car Guy credentials for even suggesting the TTS is in the same league as the new Boxster S. I'd much rather have a PDK transmission than DSG, although both are excellent choices for folks who dislike clutch pedals or want a more comfortable daily driver. And the boxer-six sounds damn near perfect while the 2.0T just sounds good to me. But the TTS comes with Audi's signature Quattro system, and I've become a huge fan of AWD this winter. So for owners in the Snowbelt, the TTS could be seen as a more logical choice.

For those living in warmer climes, I can't justify a TTS. It's certainly the best Audi TT I've ever driven, but the price and front-wheel-drive roots of this car are huge turnoffs for me. Everything about this TTS is very good, but even a base Boxster is sublime and telepathic. It's nearly impossible to beat a mid-engine roadster, and that task is no easier when your platform is shared with a vehicle as pedestrian as a VW Rabbit.

As Evan points out, the looks alone will probably sell most Audi TTs. It remains to be seen if slightly different looks and a boost in power will be enough to sell the TTS.

Phil Floraday, Senior Online Editor

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