Audi TT RS
After a Facebook campaign left it up to fans to "decide," Audi has spoken--and the TT-RS is coming to America.
"Ask long enough and loudly enough on Facebook, and ye shall sometimes receive," say the Ingolstadt automaker's executives in charge of such decisions. This time, the concerted clamorings of American sports car enthusiasts have resulted in the importation of one of our personal favorites, the 360-horsepower TT RS coupe.
Truth be told, Audi AG had been going back and forth over sending the car over here for quite some time. What finally tipped it was when a survey on Audi's Facebook page garnered more than 11,500 yea votes for shipping the Audi TT RS in just one month. That, combined with folks like us in the automotive press praising its dynamics, ultimately resulted in the Audi conclusion that an American debut of the TT RS is an idea whose time had come.
(Please feel free to send me your thank you notes written on the back of $100 bills. -Ed.)
“With performance and agility rooted in Audi motorsports success, the TT RS is truly an emotional sports car,” explained Johan de Nysschen, President, Audi of America. “That emotion became abundantly clear as we explored interest across the country.”
Of course, with all that clamoring will come the temptation of Audi corporate (not to mention Audi dealers), to price the car rather dearly. How dearly, we have yet to learn, as Audi has not yet defined pricing for the Audi TT RS. The company is still in the process of defining features and options available to U.S. consumers.
What has been decided is the TT RS Roadster will remain on the dock. Only the coupe version of the TT RS will be loaded on boats to the U.S.
Still, the Audi TT RS headed here will come with the same, award-winning 360-horsepower 2.5-liter TFSI, five-cylinder turbocharged engine European drivers get. Producing 332 pound-feet of torque, the engine was developed exclusively for the Audi TT RS. Paired with a six-speed manual transmission and quattro all-wheel drive it's been proven to motivate the TT RS to 60 in 4.6 seconds.
Finally, a TT for the States with some balls.
We can hardly wait.