Family Matters: 2019 Audi TTS Takes On First-Gen R8 4.2 FSI

Here’s a pretty interesting question for petrolheads: would you buy a first-gen naturally-aspirated R8 4.2 FSI instead of an all-new 2019 TTS Coupe?

According to Carwow, the two Audis cost about the same despite differences in segment, model year, powertrains and power output. They’re quite evenly matched on paper too, as far as acceleration off the line is concerned. But what happens when they actually race each other in the real world?

Well, something very interesting actually. We’re not going to tell you who won, because multiple tests were carried out (standing start, rolling start and a brake test), so we won’t spoil the outcome.

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The 2019 TTS Coupe is powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder producing 306 PS (302 HP) and 400 Nm (295 lb-ft) of torque. With the aid of a 7-speed dual-clutch ‘box and all-wheel drive, it can accelerate to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 4.5 seconds, before maxing out at an electronically limited 250 km/h (155 mph).

Meanwhile, the first-gen R8 uses a 4.2-liter naturally aspirated V8 that sends 420 PS (414 HP) and 430 Nm (317 lb-ft) of torque to all four wheels. It too can hit 100 km/h (62 mph) in roughly 4.5 seconds (4.6 seconds to be precise) before maxing out at 301 km/h (187 mph). It’s worth mentioning that this particular R8 had a six-speed manual gearbox, instead of Audi‘s old R tronic semi-auto.

Is this a fair face-off or an apples to oranges comparison? Well, running costs notwithstanding, it definitely makes for a very interesting match-up, doesn’t it?


  • Tabs Luther

    something must be off on that drag race! The first R8 design is so timeless, that it looks more modern than the new one.

    • Alex87f

      Launch control, combined with a fast 7-speed dual clutch, the fact that the 4.2 R8s never quite had their claimed power output (more like 360-380hp), and that you’re comparing a new car to a 12 year old one.

  • SteersUright

    That TT-RS is beyond ugly, might as well be any other VW convertible. Thank goodness they’re finally getting rid of that car. Would love to see a proper sports car finally replace it.

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