Audi's third generation TT has spawned their second generation RS. The turbocharged 2.5 litre 5 cylinder now kicks out an impressive 400 hp, with 0-60mph now dropping well under 4 seconds. 4 wheel drive is through the 7-speed S-Tronic dual clutch transmission (manual is no longer an option). Bespoke styling, brakes, suspension and exhaust have been developed just for the RS model, which now also features selectable driving modes, from Comfort, Auto, Dynamic and Individual.
The alcantara interior features unique RS styling and the new generation 'virtual cockpit', including 3D MMI navigation and Audi Connect infotainment systems. However carbon brakes (£5k), speed desrestrict (£1.5k) and magnetic ride (£1k) are only available as options.
At £52k, the RS is a tantalising proposition. Faster and better looking that most of it's rivals, it only lacks in ultimate driving thrills. Unless you envisage thrashing it on track days, this should be of no concern to 99% of potential owners.