By Mark Maynard Wednesday, June 13, 2012, 08:41 AM EDT
It took me about 90 miles to stop driving the Audi TT RS like a power-crazed teenager. From the first time I started the engine and heard the raucous exhaust, I couldn't resist blipping the throttle. I was on the loose with 360 turbocharged horses and a healthy 343-foot-pounds of torque that mainlines from 1,650 rpm to 5,400 rpm. That's basically from second gear through sixth.
As the red mist lifted, the Audi-ness soaked in. There is almost a delicate refinement to the engineering of accelerator action, steering and gear engagement. Then I apologized to the car for being so greedy in my first days of driving, and it responded by showing me new limits that were in supercar territory.