2012 Audi TT vs. Its Competition

2012 Audi TT RS
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Deputy Editor

Depending on how you see the 2012 Audi TT, its rivals can be either small luxury coupes and convertibles or true sports cars.

The Nissan 370Z cuts length to gain in style, handling, and ride quality, but it's still rough and noisy compared to the TT.

The Mercedes-Benz SLK has a folding hardtop, a technically interesting style, and a hot AMG performance edition, but the Audi TTS has a lighter, nimbler feel.

It's probably out of the question for badge snobs, but if a base Porsche Boxster is still too expensive, a fully optioned TTS still checks in below $50,000.

Also, for 2012, BMW is introducing a turbo four-cylinder version of its Z4 Roadster; while the current version of the Z4 feels like more of a grand tourer than an edgy sports car, the more economical engine also puts it back on the board as a TT rival.

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8.0
The 2012 Audi TT gets a burst of testosterone and sports-car cred with a bold new TT RS model; otherwise it's a surprisingly well-rounded (and economical) performer.
7.8
The 2012 BMW Z4 is a great option for the driver seeking a balance of fun and comfort, making it a great light tourer, but it can quickly become expensive with added options.
8.4
It may be the most pragmatic roadster of its kind, but the SLK 350 dares you to doubt its partying skills.
8.2
Performance per dollar, the 2012 Nissan 370Z is a bargain, and it's quick enough in absolute terms to reach toward the domain of much more expensive sports cars.
9.0
Stylish, fun, and capable, the 2012 Porsche Boxster is one of the best roadsters around.
MSRP From    
$38,300$48,650$42,500$32,280$48,100
Gas Mileage    
18 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy
Engine    
Turbocharged Gas I4Turbocharged Gas I4Gas I4Gas V6Gas Flat-6
EPA Class    
Subcompact CarsTwo Seaters2 SeaterTwo-SeaterTwo-Seater
Style Name    
2-Door Coupe S tronic quattro 2.0T Premium Plus2-Door Roadster sDrive28i2-Door Roadster SLK 2502-Door Coupe Manual2-Door Roadster
Drivetrain    
All Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear-Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
42222
Passenger Doors    
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Body Style    
CoupeConvertible2 Door Roadster2 Door CoupeConvertible
Transmission    
Automatic w/Manual ShiftManualManualManual w/ODManual