Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2013 Porsche BOXSTER VS 2013 Audi TT Near Scottsdale, AZ

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2013 Porsche BOXSTER

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2013 Audi TT

Safety Comparison

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The Boxster offers optional parking sensors to help warn the driver about vehicles, pedestrians or other obstacles behind or, optionally, in front of the vehicle. The TT doesn’t offer a front parking aid.

Both the Boxster and the TT have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control and electronic stability systems to prevent skidding.

Reliability Comparison

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The camshafts in the Boxster’s engine are driven by a hardened steel chain, with no maintenance needs. The TTS 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.’s camshafts are driven by a rubber belt that needs periodic replacement. If the TT’s cam drive belt breaks the engine could be severely damaged when the pistons hit the opened valves.

To reliably power the ignition and other systems and to recharge the battery, the Boxster has a standard 175 amp alternator. The TT’s 140 amp alternator isn’t as powerful.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2012 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Porsche vehicles are better in initial quality than Audi vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Porsche second in initial quality, above the industry average. With 30 more problems per 100 vehicles, Audi is ranked 16th, below the industry average.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2012 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Porsche vehicles are more reliable than Audi vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Porsche second in reliability, above the industry average. With 50 more problems per 100 vehicles, Audi is ranked 15th.

Engine Comparison

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The Boxster has more powerful engines than the TT:

Horsepower

Boxster 2.7 DOHC 6 cyl.

265 HP

Boxster S 3.4 DOHC 6 cyl.

315 HP

TT 2.0T 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

211 HP

TTS 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

265 HP

As tested in Motor Trend the Boxster S is faster than the TTS (automatics tested):

Boxster

TT

Zero to 60 MPH

4.2 sec

5 sec

Quarter Mile

12.7 sec

13.7 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

109.7 MPH

101 MPH

The flat cylinder configuration of the boxer engine in the Boxster lowers its center of gravity, enhancing handling stability. The TT doesn’t offer a boxer engine configuration.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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On the EPA test cycle the Boxster S Manual gets better fuel mileage than the TT RS (20 city/28 hwy vs. 18 city/25 hwy).

On the EPA test cycle the Boxster S Auto with its standard engine gets better fuel mileage than the TT 2.0T Auto (22 city/32 hwy vs. 22 city/31 hwy).

Regenerative brakes improve the Boxster’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The TT doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the Boxster’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The TT doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

The Boxster has 2.4 gallons more fuel capacity than the TT 2.0T’s standard fuel tank (16.9 vs. 14.5 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The Boxster has a gallon more fuel capacity than the TT TTS/RS’ standard fuel tank (16.9 vs. 15.9 gallons).

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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The Boxster’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs standard on the TT 2.0T are solid, not vented.

The Boxster offers optional heat-treated ceramic brake rotors, which last ten to twenty times as long as conventional cast iron rotors, don’t rust, don’t fade during repeated high speed braking, and their lighter weight contribute to better braking, handling and acceleration. The TT doesn’t offer ceramic brake rotors.

The Boxster stops much shorter than the TT:

Boxster

TT

80 to 0 MPH

201 feet

217 feet

Road & Track

70 to 0 MPH

147 feet

160 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

116 feet

123 feet

Road & Track

Tires and Wheels Comparison

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For better traction and acceleration, the Boxster has larger rear tires than the TT (265/45R18 vs. 245/40R18). The Boxster’s rear tires are larger than the largest rear tires available on the TT (265/45R18 vs. 255/35R19).

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Boxster offers optional 20-inch wheels. The TT’s largest wheels are only 19-inches.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

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The Boxster has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The TT’s suspension doesn’t offer rear gas-charged shocks.

The Boxster’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (45% to 55%) than the TT’s (59% to 41%). This gives the Boxster more stable handling and braking.

The Boxster S handles at .99 G’s, while the TTS Roadster pulls only .93 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Boxster S executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the TTS Roadster (24.6 seconds @ .81 average G’s vs. 25.2 seconds @ .74 average G’s).

Chassis Comparison

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The Porsche Boxster may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 250 to 400 pounds less than the Audi TT.

To almost totally eliminate engine vibration in the passenger area, the Boxster w/Sport Chrono has an electronically controlled liquid-filled front engine mount and conventional liquid-filled engine mounts (standard liquid front mount on other versions of the Boxster). A computer-controlled electric current in the liquid changes its viscosity, allowing the mount to dampen the engine completely at all RPMs. The TT uses conventional solid rubber engine mounts.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

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The Boxster has a much larger trunk than the TT Roadster (9.9 vs. 8.8 cubic feet).

Ergonomics Comparison

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When four different drivers share the Boxster, the optional memory system makes it convenient for all four. Each setting activates different, customized memories for the driver’s seat position, steering wheel position, outside mirror angle and climate settings. The TT doesn’t offer a memory system.

The Boxster’s instruments include an oil pressure gauge and a temperature gauge – which could save your engine! Often ‘idiot lights’ don’t warn you until damage has been done. The TT does not have an oil pressure gauge.

In case of a sudden change of weather, the Boxster has a standard remote convertible top which can be raised from a distance to protect the interior of the vehicle from damage. The TT doesn’t offer a remote top, so the driver will have to run to the car, get in, turn the ignition on and raise the top to prevent the interior from being damaged.

When the Boxster with available tilt-down mirrors is put in reverse, the passenger rearview mirror tilts from its original position. This gives the driver a better view of the curb during parallel parking maneuvers. Shifting out of reverse puts the mirror into its original position. The TT’s mirror doesn’t automatically adjust for backing.

The Boxster offers optional automatic dimming rear and side view mirrors which automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on them, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The TT has an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.

The Boxster’s optional air conditioned front seats cool the driver and front passenger and help take the sting out of hot leather in Summer. The TT doesn’t offer air conditioned front seats.

The Boxster’s optional dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. The TT doesn’t offer dual zone air conditioning.

Optional Online Services for the Boxster allows the driver and passengers access to select programs on their smartphones, including playing internet radio stations, searching the internet and other online activities without taking their eyes off the road or their hands from the wheel. The TT doesn’t offer factory integrated smartphone program access.

With optional PCM Voice Control, the Boxster offers the driver hands free control of the radio, cell phone and the navigation computer by simply speaking. The TT doesn’t offer a voice control system.

Economic Advantages Comparison

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The Boxster will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. Kiplinger’s estimates that the Boxster will retain 42% to 43% of its original price after four years, while the TT only retains 35% to 40%.

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