Audi TT RS Coupe
I have a soft spot for the Audi TT. I used to have the bubble shaped 1.8T model prior to this latest one being released, and I thought it was a brilliant machine, until the day I got thoroughly beaten by a Renault Mégane 225 on a country road. Since then I've always held the belief that unless you can afford the fastest model of TT in the range you are best leaving them alone. After all a hot hatch is a more practical proposition and they are just as fast in the real world too.
If you can afford the fastest TT in the range, though, go for it.
The Audi TT RS Coupe is a gorgeous looking machine that's very much pitched as a baby supercar. With a 2.5-litre turbocharged engine that produces 335 horsepower and 343 lb /ft of torque it'll give anything on the road a run for its money and with 4 wheel drive from the brilliant Quattro system, it's easy to put the power down too.
The best model of TT RS is the one with the 6-speed manual gearbox. The semi automatics are fine for showing off and making progress in a relaxed manner, but enthusiasts will appreciate the crispness of the change the 6-speed offers and the refined motorway cruising it allows.
The Quattro system in the RS splits torque 50/50 between the front and rear tyres in normal conditions and adapts to the terrain it is on. Whilst this is no rear wheel drive manic like its BMW Z4 competitor, it's plenty fast and the 4 wheel drive system is reassuring when planting the throttle in the rain.
Inside the TT RS Audi have made special effort to deliver an amazing driving position. The seats and steering wheel are perfectly positioned and the seats themselves are some of the best Audi have ever produced. They're comfortable and hugging when they need to be with RS insignia on them to reassure passengers they are travelling in the real deal. Elsewhere inside things are an extremely high quality, with stainless steel pedals and other sporty touches, including obligatory RS badges.
With all of its speed and sportiness the latest TT RS is fairly practical too. It's got a big boot - 290 litres to be exact - thanks to its coupe roofline, and it even has rear seats.
Is the Audi TT RS Coupe a real drivers car? Yes, I think it is. BMW Z4 owners can argue otherwise but the truth is no model in the Z4 range can match the RS's impressive speed with a 4 wheel drive safety net.