We met on a winters day, with a cool breeze coming off of the ocean and the roar of a 5-cylinder engine in the background. It may sound like a love story, and that is because it is. The Audi TT was always a good car. Small, nimble, and German traditionally made its defining characteristics. But the TTRS is a whole new beast! It is like Audi's Quattro Motorsport team has injected a super human serum into the gas tank.
It may seem callow but, yeah, we were concerned with looks: looks the 2018 Jaguar E-Pace garnered; looks this compact crossover inherited; and the scrutinizing looks in which we engaged while searching for "Easter Eggs."
If we hadn't known better, we'd have thought it was a look of bewilderment on our QX80's restyled face. I mean, QX thinks of itself as a luxury ride, and here we were treating it like a pack mule.