Best two-seater Audis

From the stylish TT Roadster to the ultra-quick R8 supercar, here’s everything you need to know about Audi’s two-seater models

James Allen
Jun 13, 2022

Audi is a company that produces a huge and varied selection of cars, ranging from superminis and family hatchbacks to expensive luxury saloons and SUVs. Therefore, it’s no real surprise that it also has a selection of two-seater sports cars in its portfolio.

In total, three different two-seater Audis are available to find listed for sale on BuyaCar, of which two are derivatives of the company’s R8 supercar. Even though Audi isn’t the most prevalent brand in the high-performance car world, the R8 has managed to establish itself as a worthy rival to some of the best in the business. As a result, if you’re in the position where you can afford one, the Audi R8 should be on your radar; it successfully manages to be both a usable everyday two-seater car and an exciting supercar.

Of course, not everyone can afford a supercar, though that doesn’t mean you’re out of options when you’re browsing for a two-seater Audi. At the more affordable end of the sports car spectrum is the two-seater Audi TT Roadster. It’s not as fast as the R8, but the TT Roadster still has decent performance to call upon - especially if you go for one of the more powerful models - and, again, it strikes a good balance between being sporty to drive and being usable everyday.

The TT is also available in high-performance TT RS form, which channels much of the excitement of the rapid R8 supercar, with a dramatic soundtrack from the engine, along with four-wheel-drive, to harness the substantial power on tap. Read on for full breakdowns on the three two-seater Audi models that you can find listed for sale on BuyaCar.

Two-seater Audis

1. Audi R8

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The Audi R8 is considered by some to be a ‘sensible supercar’, though you shouldn’t confuse that with thinking it’s tame. Even the entry-level models have incredible amounts of performance in reserve, and the most potent versions are even faster still. All produce a distinctive howl from the engine and exhausts, which only adds to the excitement.

This is because all recent variants use a 5.2-litre V10 petrol engine, with the exact amount of power they produce varying across the model range. At the bottom of the R8 power-output pecking order is the R8 RWD, which has at its disposal a substantial 540hp. If you crave even more power than that, the mid-range model has 570hp, and the appropriately-named Performance models are the strongest still with a supercar-worthy 620hp power output.

Beyond the engine, other similarities across the Audi R8 family include the gearbox (a seven-speed automatic with paddles) and a well-built and well-equipped interior. All Audi R8s have similar driving characteristics: while there are sharper-to-drive supercars, the Audi R8 is still lots of fun, yet factors like the light controls and decent-for-a-supercar visibility means it isn’t taxing to drive, either.

While the Audi R8 models share a lot with each other, do bear in mind that there are some subtle differences between the variants. For example, while most of the versions come with all-wheel-drive, the R8 RWD versions are, as that acronym suggests, exclusively rear-wheel-drive. Because no power is being sent to the front wheels, this means the R8 RWD is a bit more challenging to drive when you’re going quickly around a race track, though at legal speeds on the road it’s not likely to feel too different for many drivers.

AUDI R8 BUYERS' GUIDE

2. Audi R8 Spyder

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One of the big appeals of Audi R8 ownership is that it’s powered by a big and loud V10 petrol engine, which very few other performance cars have. Even with the windows up, that V10 makes a great sound, though if you’d prefer to have the full surround sound experience, you could consider the convertible Audi R8 Spyder model instead.

The Audi R8 Spyder is very similar to the hard-top coupe version. As well as having the same engine, the convertible model comes with the same specifications and features, and is available in the same selection of derivatives. That means power ranges from 540hp to 620hp, depending on the variant, and all Audi R8 Spyders are easy to drive - though their low ride height and wide footprint means slotting them into a tight parking spot can be a bit challenging.

Of course, the big distinguishing feature of the Audi R8 Spyder is its folding fabric roof. The mechanism does add a bit of weight to the car over the coupe model, though the R8 is still an enjoyable car to drive with loads of grip and good body control, and you likely won’t notice the weight difference at normal speeds.

Unlike some other convertible performance cars, because the R8 was only ever envisioned as a mid-engined two-seater performance car with a boot at the front, the R8 Spyder has identical amounts of interior and luggage space as its hard-top counterpart.

When you’re browsing listings for Audi R8 Spyders, don’t expect to find as much variety as the coupe models, as while popular with buyers, the R8 Spyder sells in lower numbers than its solid-roofed sibling. Prices for the R8 Spyder will vary depending on factors like their specification and mileage, though you’ll likely pay a slight premium for the convertible model over the regular Audi R8 coupe.

AUDI R8 BUYERS' GUIDE

3. Audi TT Roadster

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While the Audi R8 was the company’s first foray into the world of supercars, don’t conflate that being Audi’s inaugural two-seater. It was actually pipped to the post almost a decade earlier by the original Audi TT Roadster drop-top sports car, which arrived in the UK just before the turn of the new millennium in 1999.

You won’t find any of those first-generation models on BuyaCar, though you will find a number of examples of the third-generation Audi TT Roadster. While the latest version isn’t quite as big a head turner as the stylish original, it has a lot going for it if you’re after a used two-seater Audi sports car.

Responsive steering and good grip mean the Audi TT Roadster is enjoyable to drive down a twisty road, yet the car is also pliant and comfortable enough to be a sports car you could genuinely imagine using every day. Being a two-seater convertible, the Audi TT Roadster clearly isn’t the car for drivers who need to transport lots of people and their paraphernalia about, though the cabin is handily roomy and the car’s 280 litres of luggage volume is on par with what you’ll find from other similarly-sized sports cars.

Depending on the model, the running costs aren’t too bad, either. Of the petrol options, the 180hp 1.8-litre models will be the most frugal, though the more powerful 2.0-litre engines offer a bit more performance for not that big a penalty in efficiency. There’s also a 184hp 2.0-litre diesel that can return great fuel economy, though the well-rounded petrols means you may not need this model unless you plan on regularly taking your TT Roadster on lots of long trips.

If you have deep pockets with which to buy and run an even faster used Audi TT Roadster, there are a couple of options at your disposal: the 310hp TTS Roadster and the 400hp TT RS Roadster. These will be harder to come by than the regular models, and the ones you will find will command high premiums, though for some drivers the extra performance they offer will be worth the outlay.

Plus, the TT RS Roadster brings to the party a distinctive warbly engine note from its five-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine. It may be only around half the size of the R8's V10 engine, but the 2.5-litre unit in the TT RS shares much of the drama of the more expensive car's motor.

AUDI TT ROADSTER BUYERS' GUIDE
AUDI TTS AND TT RS BUYERS' GUIDE

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