We've previously called the Audi TT a rolling fashion statement and while that's still true, this soft-top Quattro edition goes far beyond flash and filigree. The baseball-glove seat motif is as comfy as it is clever and attractive. The power top works swiftly and proficiently. In contrast to the hard-core sports cars in this group, the TT takes a softer tack. It rides smoothly and quietly and never bombards you with noise. Its listless metabolism turned in this group's lowest fun-to-drive quotient, but it's near the top of the list of sports cars we enjoy being seen in.
That leaves the Corvette, which prompts twinges of love-hate frustration. Bummers include the resolutely fixed roof, a homely hind end, a turn-circle in the pickup-truck class (42.3 feet!), clumsy shift linkage, and an interior mood out of synch with the near-$50,000 price. But the Z06 buries those faults with a long list of winning traits. The engine is the absolute apogee of pushrod performance, there's nearly enough road holding to induce nosebleeds, and the Corvette's built-in electronic stability systems let even rank amateurs enjoy aggressive driving without risking their hide. When the hard charging begins, this is the ride we'd run toward every time.