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A Q&A With Audi On The TT-RS

Posted in Audi, Chicago Auto Show, Favorite Cars, Videos by Kurt Ernst | February 18th, 2011 | Leave a Reply |

I’ll admit it: I’ve got it bad for Audi’s TT-RS. Sure, I know it’s just like a Golf (or worse, a New Beetle) with a big motor and a better suspension, but I don’t care. Jeremy Clarkson has argued the same point about the Porsche 911 for years, and it hasn’t seemed a negative impact on Porsche’s sales. Besides, the TT-RS is as close as we’re ever going to come to Audi’s Avus concept car, which is (in my mind, at least) the most stunning concept car ever built. Though a bit later to the social media scene than some, Audi deserves credit for bringing enthusiast’s questions to the source of all product knowledge; in this case, the TT-RS’s product manager, Mark Fruechtnicht. Video below.

Whatever the final price of the TT-RS turns out to be (low $60s, probably), it’s well above my current pay grade. Styling aside, what’s not to like about 340 horsepower and 332 ft lb of torque in an AWD coupe? I’m not sure I buy into Fruechtnicht’s claim that the TT-RS will be one of the fastest cars on the track, but I am sure that it will provide plenty of entertainment value on the road and on the race track. I’ll give you the benefit of the doubt, Mark, so just let me know where and when to show up for my test drive.

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