What is it: The Audi TT RS is a compact track weapon that is more than enough fun on or off the circuit. The TT got a bad rap early on in its life because of its shared platform with the Beetle and understated styling, but the current TT RS is no “hairdresser’s car,” unless you dress hair at a race track.
Key Competitors: Porsche Cayman, Nissan 370Z, Jaguar F-Type
Base Price: $65,875 As-Tested Price: $80,200
Highlights: With the TT RS, you get a turbocharged I5 that makes 400 horsepower. You also can go full track rat with ceramic front brakes and a carbon fiber engine cover — because the few extra ounces from the normal engine cover would surely upset the balance. More importantly, the TT RS has a fixed sport suspension that stays flat under heavy loads during cornering and braking.