Top five RS cars you can lease right now
If you constantly feel the need for speed, you’ll no doubt find yourself turning to an RS model whenever you’re looking for a new car.
Whether it stands for Racing Sport or Rally Sport, it doesn’t matter, what matters is the level of extra performance that can make a great ride just that tiny bit more exhilarating.
With this in mind, we’ve collected five RS cars you can lease right now so you can get optimum performance from your next motor.
Audi TT RS
Looking at the TT RS you could be forgiven for thinking it’s all about style, but this car is basically a small supercar in disguise thanks to its incredible 335bhp 2.5-litre five-cylinder turbocharged engine.
That means 0-60 in 4.6 seconds and a top speed of 155mph, and with a loud roar and daft torque we’d forgive you for thinking you’d stepped back in time and were sat in an old Audi Group B rally car… at least until you got out and looked at it again.
Coupe or convertible is your choice, all I’ll say is it’s an easy car to get effortless performance from, and the TT RS is more than willing to oblige your desire to be pinned to your seat the moment your foot hits the throttle.
Nissan Juke RS
You may be reading this at a computer, or on your phone, and just casually glanced up to see if a pig has flown past your window.
It hasn’t, and yes you did read that the Nissan Juke is one of the best.
It defies any expectations you may have and it’s different, and in today’s rather bland world of samey automobiles rolling off production line after production line there’s something to be applauded there.
It has RS intentions, and that comes to the forefront via a nice mix of performance and practicality and a sporty bodykit punctuated by its air-gulping twin grilles. The engine is a 1.6-litre, four-cylinder turbo, meaning a 0-62 time of seven seconds, and while it’s too tall to be classed as a hot hatch, if you want sensible and sporty you could do a lot worse.
Audi RS Q3
Okay, let’s get back to normal shall we? Not yet. Much like the Nissan Juke, this too stands out like a sore thumb. But it does have the respectability of the Audi name so you’re more liable to accept it.
This go-faster 4x4 is a unicorn in the world of RS’s and even in the world of the SUV. That it comes with outstanding performance mixed with everyday-use luxury and refinement is proof enough that it has the qualities which define an Audi RS.
It’s niche, yes, but with a 2.5-litre five-cylinder turbo engine meaning there’s 335bhp and a 0-62 of 4.8 seconds it’s also fun. And fast. And with the famed grip of the Quattro all-wheel-drive system, you always feel safe.
Porsche 911 GT3 RS
Yes, you can actually lease a Porsche 911 GT3 RS. That’s the good news, although it will set you back around £2-3k a month so it might be something you’d want to discuss with your missus beforehand.
With its huge rear spoiler, massive air intakes, and fender-filling wheels, there’s no mistaking the 911 GT3 RS for anything other than a car that wants to destroy race tracks.
Take it on the road and you might get sued for giving so many passers-by whiplash as they quickly turn their head to see what that ludicrous car was.
It’s equally adept to any environment you want to drive it on, but you can only unleash its full potential in special places (Note: You may want to check the small print in your lease agreement about driving it on a track or a closed course).
Ford Focus RS
What can we say about the Focus RS that hasn’t been said a billion times already?
We could say it has a 4.7-second 0-62mph time, meaning it’s quick enough to embarrass anything bearing a Porsche badge.
Or we could say that the strong performance, agile handling and great value ensure it remains the ultimate hot hatch.
Or we could even say its clever 4WD system ensures you make the most out of its 345bhp 2.3-litre engine.
But you know all this already, just lease it!