?Audi has confirmed plans to bring the TT RS to the U.S. market by the third quarter of 2011.? The decision was made after a U.S. Facebook petition gathered more than 11,500 signatures in one month asking Audi offer the super hot sports car to North America.
The Audi TT RS America will contain key performance attributes of the models sold in Europe and elsewhere. The turbocharged 2.5-liter TFSI, five-cylinder engine is rated at 360 horsepower and 332-lb.ft. of torque.? It is 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.
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.