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A lawyer’s life in summer needn’t be a litany of all-nighters punctuated by the occasional tag-along outing with the inexperienced and overpaid. You should get out more. Do something for yourself. And we’ve got just the thing. The original Audi TT coup� proved to be an extraordinary exercise in the sensuality of sheet metal. The fact that it drove beautifully and had decent luggage space was just the caramelized glaze on the creme brul�e. Good as the original TT coup� was and is, though, the car you’ll want to be seen in this season is the new TT Roadster. The Roadster comes in two flavors, neither of them vanilla. The lower-priced version comes with front-wheel drive, a manual top, and a tasty little five-speed transmission. The more impressive model is the Quattro — with a 225-horsepower, turbo-charged 20-valve, four-cylinder engine with dual intercoolers, electronic boost regulation, six gears under the stick, and all-wheel drive. It shoots like a rocket and sticks like glue. And in the speed range where most reasonable people drive, you’ll have a very difficult time distinguishing its handling and road feel from a Porsche Carrera. It’s that good. The car I drove came with gorgeous leather seats that were both accommodating and supportive. There’s also far more leg, hip, and shoulder room than you might imagine. Fit, finish, build quality, and ergonomics are all outstanding. The highly stylized interior appointments and dashboard controls are intuitive and well placed. The electric top operates well, and the audio system comes with a remarkably sensitive FM tuner. Only the CD changer (inconveniently located behind the driver’s seat) comes as a disappointment. On the road, the TT Roadster executes commands brilliantly. Handling remains precise even in wet conditions, and the Quattro is significantly better than the front-wheel-drive version in high-speed cornering. The six-speed standard transmission is easy to navigate and is better suited for city driving than, for example, the BMW M5. Be prepared though: The TT Roadster is noisy. That caveat aside, if you’re looking for a serious road-handler with great looks, this is it. Of course, you could buy a Porsche Carrera at three times the price. But why bother? CAR FACTS M.S.R.P. — $38,550. Price as tested — $42,725. Mileage — 20 city/28 highway. Warranty — 4 years/50,000 miles, with free scheduled maintenance and roadside assistance

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