Audi TT RS coming to America

On August 9, Audi launched a petition on Facebook to decide whether or not they should bring the Audi TT-RS to the United States.
Audi fans in the U.S. will be happy to know that the Audi TT RS will arrive on American shores by the end of next summer. The early word from Audi is that the U.S.-spec car is capable of sprinting to 62mph in 4.6 seconds.

However, it may actually be a bit faster. The car will be tuned to deliver 360 horsepower (268 kW), 20 hp (15 kW) more than the European car. The 2.5-liter TFSI is also capable of dishing out up to 332 ft-lb of torque.

The campaign led to 11,500 Facebook and Twitter users requesting that the automaker bring the car Stateside. US pricing for the Audi TT RS has not been determined, according to a press release.

Here is the full press release:

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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