With a turbocharged 5-cylinder engine rated at 360 horsepower and a 6-speed manual transmission, the 2012 Audi TT RS coupe will be priced at $56,850, plus destination, when it goes on sale in the United States later this summer.
The coupe, available in Europe for two years, is the overachiever in the TT lineup, outperforming the current TTS by adding one cylinder and 95 horsepower. Audi said last fall that the decision to bring the TT RS to North America was prompted by thousands of responses to a brand survey on Audi’s Facebook fan page.
The standard RS model rides on an adjustable magnetic suspension fitted to a Quattro all-wheel-drive platform. Oval chrome tailpipes and 19-inch wheels distinguish the exterior. The coupe weighs in 3,306 pounds and hits 60 m.p.h. from a stop in 4.1 seconds, Audi claims.
While the RS is almost exactly the same length as the Volkswagen GTI — a VW Group relation with which it shares some platform components — the RS wheelbase is only 97.2 inches, compared with the current GTI’s 101.5 inches.
The original Audi TT was introduced for the 2000 model year with a 4-cylinder engine that, depending on specification, generated 180 or 225 horsepower.