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First 2012 Audi TT RS Sold In U.S.

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The first Audi TT RS was delivered in the U.S. this week, bringing with it the return of the RS line to our shores. With its 360-horsepower of turbocharged goodness, the new TT S is sure to bring its owner some fond memories as well.

If you've already forgotten (shame!) the $56,850 TT RS packs a 2.5-liter turbocharged inline five-cylinder that cranks out 360 horsepower and 343 pound-feet of torque. The svelte little coupe also brings Audi's quattro all-wheel-drive system to the party, meaning it launches like a scalded ape. Yes, we want to drive one.

As for the owner, a veteran race-car driver and Texan named Don Istook, "Having raced at almost every major track in the U.S. and Canada, I've pushed the limits in many cars in my 34 years as a race car driver, I like my street car to give me some of that thrill. With my new Audi TT RS, I not only get that thrill, but I also get that 'race car' sound.”

Sure, it's a built-for-distribution sound bite, but it's probably true, too.

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