If ever there was a reason to be excited about some car news as of recent… this is it! Audi is ‘Seriously Rethinking’ its stance on bringing the TT RS to North American Shores and you have a chance to help them decide!
As of recent it appears that some overseas auto manufactures are getting the picture. We WANT the rare and unique cars over here too! Recently Porsche tested the waters by seeing if there was any interest in building the Porsche 918 Sypder Hybrid and indeed there was. Porsche as since stated that it will be producing a limited number of the vehicles.
Audi has jumped into the arena to test the waters on interest for bringing the Audi TT RS to North American Soil. This occurred only days after the announcement that Audi was going to be selling the RS5 Coupe here in 2012. This isn’t a gimmick, hoax or rumor. Audi has put this site up to gauge interest! You have the rare opportunity to let your voice be heard, so tell Audi you want them to bring the TT RS to North American roads by signing the petition!
A product of Audi’s Quattro GmbH division, which is responsible for the RS6 and R8, will be making the TT RS. Power will be delivered via a 2.5-litre inline-five based loosely on the design of the 5 cylinder unit found currently in the Jetta and Golf. The engineering team have modified the engine by adding direct-fuel-injection technology along with a intercooler and turbocharger. The result is an output of 340-horsepower at 5,400 rpm and 331 lb.-ft. of torque available between 1,600 and 5,300 rpm. A standard 6-speed manual gearbox sends power to all four wheels through Audi’s quattro all-wheel drive system.
A byproduct of this engine? That wonderful, unique and classic Audi 5 cylinder sound!! If you don’t remember or were to young to have ever heard the classic sound … take a listen here to get the idea (keep in mind that engine was setup for racing). Then check out the TT RS below.
This will move the TT RS from 0 to 62 mph in 4.6 seconds, with a limited top speed of 155 mph. European buyers have the option of removing the electronic limit allowing the car to go up to 174mph. Keeping is all on the road, the TT-RS’s suspension and electronic stability control systems have been upgraded along with bigger brakes to help slow things down a bit.
Exterior updates are minor over the TT S model, including slightly larger front air vents, a rear trunk spoiler, twin spoke alloy wheels and a unique rear diffuser. Interior changes will consist of an updated sports steering wheel and sports seats using a combination of alcantara and leather.