Audi is displaying the TT-RS in their Chicago Auto Show booth, and details on a U.S. sales date are forthcoming. Audi agreed to sell the hottest version of their TT Coupe on these shores after a Facebook petition gathered nearly 12,000 signatures in under a month, but we’re only getting a limited number of cars. How many Audi is importing, what they’ll cost and when you’ll be able to take delivery of one remain a mystery, but what I do know about the car leaves me wanting one in a bad way.
The TT-RS uses Audi’s 2.5 liter, turbocharged inline five motor, good for 360 horsepower and 332 ft lb of torque in TT-RS tune. Power goes to all four wheels via a quattro AWD system, and you can get any transmission you want, as long as it’s a six speed manual. Even Audi’s DSG gearbox is rumored to be absent from the option list, and I say that’s a good thing for those of us who still believe that a proper sports car should be shifted by the driver, not a computer. The TT-RS can get to sixty miles per hour from a standing start in about 4.5 seconds, and the car tops out at an electronically limited 155 miles per hour.
Pricing remains the biggest unanswered question. Earlier, I speculated that it would begin around $58,000, based on the difference in price between base and TT-RS models in the EU. That’s still as good a guess as any, but if anything, I suspect it’s on the low side. That’s a shame, because a high price will keep the TT-RS out of the hands of many who could potentially help boost Audi’s performance image in the U.S. I doubt it’ll be in my price range, but I sure hope I get the opportunity to drive one.