I'd rather have good handling and less power.
Ford Puma, last shape MR2, MX5, 106 GTi, Elise, etc - low power but LOADS of fun.
Most recent fast Audis apart from the RS4 and R8 - spoilt by dull dynamics, naff steering and snatchy brakes.
E91 335d SE Touring
Also Land Rover Puma Defender 110 XS station wagon