Sometimes, it would appear, your vote really does count for something. Take the Audi TT RS, for example: until now, the hottest version of Audi’s popular two door coupe was verboten in the United States. Thanks to 11,500 U.S. fans, Audi has reconsidered their position and has agreed to import the TT RS to these shores. It will come in coupe version only, and there are no plans for a TT RS cabriolet on this side of the pond.
The TT RS uses Audi’s 2.5 liter, turbocharged inline five cylinder motor, good enough for a claimed 360 horsepower and 332 ft lb of torque. Power is delivered to all four wheels via Audi’s superb quattro AWD system, and only a six speed manual transmission will be offered. Zero to 100 kph (62 miles per hour) time should be in the range of 4.6 seconds.
Pricing will be announced closer to the launch date, which is scheduled to be sometime in Q3 2011. In the EU, the TT RS commands roughly a 65% price premium over the base TT coupe. If that price premium will be carried over to this side of the pond, expect the limited availability TT RS to sticker at around $58,000.