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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