Set to debut in the 2014 calendar year, the new Audi TT is setting its sights squarely on the Porsche 911 this time around. Riding on an all-new and lighter platform to go along with its roster of engines due for a freshening, including the especially-potent 380 horsepower unit used in the TT RS, dreams of going toe to toe with Porsche’s nearly untouchable sports car might not be pipe dreams anymore.
A new report out on Autocar is shedding light on some terrific news for the Audi faithful—the company is reportedly working on a lightweight, hardcore version of its TT sportscar, akin to the pared-down GT3 variant of the Porsche 911.
BMW, the self-proclaimed maker of “The Ultimate Driving Machine,” has set some tough standards for their new 2.0-liter engine. That’s good because, frankly, a four-banger replacing one of the most revered sixes in history needs some credibility-building. We have our own standards, so we set off down the Pacific Coast Highway, one of our favorite winding roads, to see what this new engine could do.