Mini Coupe v Peugeot RCZ v Audi TT
Does the new baseball-capped coupe rekindle the Mini mojo? Sam Philip reports...
Posted: 08 Nov 2011
In the TT, by contrast, you simply point
the front end where you want to end up and let
the Audi’s forgiving damping deal with the rest. Our test car is equipped with Audi’s magnetic ride (a £1,175 option), and even in the sharpest setting, the TT – which, interestingly, weighs just a few kilos more than the smaller Mini – smooths out the Moors’ rumpled patchwork with a sophistication the Mini can’t match.
On paper, the Audi is the quickest car here, pipping the Coupe a couple
of tenths to 62mph and the RCZ by an extraordinary second and a half, and it
feels it, planting its power on these storm-sodden roads where the Mini
frenziedly spins its tyres. The Audi makes a lovely noise, a crisp rasp that’s never intrusive or pantomime, but just steely enough to
remind you that
you’re driving a proper sports car.