Audi TT S
The rally cry of 11,000-plus Facebook fans was enough for Audi to squelch the United States’s ferment over its smallest performance-oriented model: the TT RS. It was a decisive win for as much as what we got and as much as we didn’t get – depending on your point of view. We got a 360-horsepower version of the turbocharged 2.5-liter engine, a ravenous little five-cylinder power plant that conjured up the spirit of the original 1980’s Quattro. It made 20 more horsepower than the standard European specification, but it didn’t come with the seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. We were instead handed a six-speed manual, a connoisseur’s dream, but it seems it’s not what the fans on Facebook wanted. In the end, it appears those young admirers didn’t turn into real-world buyers, and the TT RS was dropped for 2014. The model that carries on is the 265-horsepower TT S. No rip-roaring RS, it’s still a lot of fun with its standard Quattro all-wheel drive, potent power plant, and visually stunning styling. Heck, it’s enough for some to support in sales what they “like” on the Internet.
Engine: 2.0-liter turbocharged W
0-60: 4.9 seconds
Top Speed: 155 mph (limited)
Transmission: 6-speed dual-clutch
Torque: 258 foot-pounds