In 2009—eleven years after introducing the TT—Audi unveiled a high-performance RS variant for the European market. It took an extraordinarily popular petition, but American buyers convinced Audi to bring its elegant hot rod to the United States for 2012.
The TT RS—available only as 2+2 coupe and in limited supply—remains largely unchanged in 2013. It improves on a the standard TT's already-impressive performance with a monstrous 360-horsepower turbocharged five-cylinder engine. It also sports a lower ride height, firmer suspension tuning and adaptive suspension dampers. And then there's a nifty Sport button that alters throttle calibration, suspension settings and the exhaust note.