In response to the OP, the RS3 is so darn cool. I saw one in Birmingham this weekend (don't think it was you, though) and was blown away by how special-yet-stealth it looks cruising in traffic. The first one I ever saw was up in Vancouver last summer, so I was near two folks in this thread who have RS-es but don't think either of them were y'all.
I'd love to get into one of these and would probably even give up my three-pedal stubbornness, but alas I am on a GTI budget these days. Still, this thread kinda gave me enough tingles that I think I may ditch the 4Runner and get back into the MQB platform.