THERE'S never been any question about the performance, driving dynamics or sheer excitement offered by the Audi TT models, but the range-topping TTS really raises the bar.
With a refined version of the TT's 2.0-litre turbo petrol powertrain delivering a whopping 310ps, the car can sprint to 62mph in just 4.9 seconds and tops out at 155mph.
But it's not just power, grunt and pace for the TTS Coupe is actually beautifully refined in its handling.
Despite being inches above the Tarmac, the ride and comfort levels are impressive and the road-holding is everything you could possibly wish for from a sports coupe.
There is a fairly loud soundtrack to accompany the performance, but in fairness to Audi, the car is very well insulated against road surface and wind noise.
The four-wheel-drive TTS will make you the envy of the neighbourhood and looks fabulous from any approach thanks to its athletic yet rugged streamlining, a stylish single grille, clamshell bonnet, four exhaust pipes, 20-inch alloys and Audi Matrix LED headlights.
The interior is very snug with a very driver-focused theme. There is a distinct lack of instrumentation thanks to the 12.3-inch virtual cockpit behind the steering wheel that can be personalised to show sat nav directions, performance data, multi-media information and plenty more besides.
All these features can be accessed via the multi-function, flat-bottomed sports steering wheel which results in the clutter-free dashboard.
There are five circular air vents stretching across the dash which double up as controls for the seat heaters, air con, temperature and direction. Elsewhere there are very supportive sports seats with beautiful quilted upholstery, metal pedals, a pitch perfect Bang & Olufsen sound system, cruise control and a list of specifications that goes on and on.
There are also ‘S' emblems scattered throughout the car as a not-so-gentle reminder that this particular TT is a little bit special.
Admittedly, the TTS is not the cheapest of the range with its £37,965 price-tag which was increased to £46,340 with options fitted. But for that outlay you are guaranteed hours of endless fun in a car that simply loves to be driven.
In and around town, it cruises along turning heads as it passes and on fast motorways there is always ample power on tap. But it's on the twisting, turning country lanes that this particular TT really excels.
The acceleration through the six-speed manual gearbox is exceptionally responsive and the road-holding and steering are truly assured which means those tight bends can be conquered at pace â¦ with confidence.
There are five varying driving modes - efficiency, comfort, auto, dynamic and individual - that adjust the car's responses which offer the driver even more choice about how they want the vehicle to perform and react.
Despite its compact dimensions the TTS is fairly roomy for the two front seat occupants with space for coats etc. on the back seats.
Storage options are also impressive with a boot capacity of 305 litres that is increased to 712 litres with the rear seats dropped flat.