Audi Confirms TT RS For American Market

News I By John Beltz Snyder I September 15, 2010

Audi has confirmed that it will bring the Audi TT RS to America in the second half of next year.

Scheduled to arrive in dealerships in the third quarter of 2011, the Audi TT RS is powered by a 2.5-liter 5-cylinder turbo making 360 horsepower and 332 pound-feet of torque. Its lightweight, aluminum body and 0.32 drag coefficient help it sprint to 60 miles per hour in 4.6 seconds.

America will only get the coupe version of the Audi TT RS, and it will come with Quattro all-wheel drive and a six-speed manual transmission.

Interest generated from a Facebook petition is partly responsible for Audi’s decision to bring the car to our shores.

Read on for more details in the press release, below.

Confirmed: Audi TT RS coming to America

– High-performance sports coupe scheduled to arrive in U.S. dealerships by the third quarter of 2011
– ‘Bring it to the U.S.’ Facebook petition gathered 11,500+ signatures in just one month, including many likely buyers
– The Audi TT RS will achieve 360 hp, 0-62 mph time of 4.6 seconds

HERNDON, Va., Sep 14, 2010  –  The hopes of American sports car enthusiasts will be realized. Audi announced today that it is bringing the 360-horsepower Audi TT RS coupe to the U.S. market by the third quarter of 2011.

The introduction of the Audi TT RS to the U.S. market has been under consideration for several months. To gauge consumer passion for the high-performance car, Audi launched an innovative survey on its Facebook tab. After more than 11,500 fans expressed their enthusiasm for the Audi TT RS in just one month, and the American automotive media praised its dynamics, Audi executives concluded the car’s time had come.

“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.”

Audi has not yet determined pricing for the Audi TT RS and will continue to define features and options available to U.S. consumers. Only the coupe version of the TT RS will be available in the U.S.

The Audi TT RS headed for America will share key performance attributes of the models sold in Europe and elsewhere. The car will come with the same, award-winning 2.5-liter TFSI, five-cylinder engine that generates 360 horsepower. The turbocharged engine also produces an impressive 332 lb-ft of torque. It was developed exclusively for the Audi TT RS and won International Engine of the Year honors this summer in judging for its category by 71 automotive journalists. The 2.5T engine will be paired with a six-speed manual transmission and quattro® all-wheel drive to achieve a 0-60 mph time of 4.6 seconds. The lightweight body featuring Audi Space Frame ASF® aluminum construction produces a low drag coefficient of 0.32.

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