Democracy Works!: Audi TT RS Coming To America Thanks To Facebook/Twitter

Posted on 09.14.10 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

A few months ago a few passionate individuals from Audi USA marketing decided to start a online petition powered by Facebook and Twitter in an effort to bring the super fresh Audi TT RS to America.  The petition was also used to gauge interest and get a rough count of how many serious TT RS buyers were residing state side.  In just the first month they got over 11,500 signatures pleading with Audi corporate to bring the TT RS over. 

Well today we got official confirmation that Audi USA’s efforts were successful and the TT RS will come to America!  We should start seeing the sport coupe in Audi dealerships around the third quarter of 2011.  That is relatively quick considering the normal slow pace of OEM’s when it comes to this kind of thing.  Given this recent news development I wonder if we’ll see the TT RS at the LA Auto Show in November?

Press Release:

Confirmed: Audi TT RS coming to America

- High-performance sports coupe scheduled to arrive in U.S. dealerships by the third quarter of 2011
– ‘Bring it to the U.S.’ Facebook petition gathered 11,500+ signatures in just one month, including many likely buyers
– The Audi TT RS will achieve 360 hp, 0-62 mph time of 4.6 seconds

HERNDON, Va., Sep 14, 2010  –  The hopes of American sports car enthusiasts will be realized. Audi announced today that it is bringing the 360-horsepower Audi TT RS coupe to the U.S. market by the third quarter of 2011.

The introduction of the Audi TT RS to the U.S. market has been under consideration for several months. To gauge consumer passion for the high-performance car, Audi launched an innovative survey on its Facebook tab. After more than 11,500 fans expressed their enthusiasm for the Audi TT RS in just one month, and the American automotive media praised its dynamics, Audi executives concluded the car’s time had come.

“With performance and agility rooted in Audi motorsports success, the TT RS is truly an emotional sports car,” explained Johan de Nysschen, President, Audi of America. “That emotion became abundantly clear as we explored interest across the country.”

Audi has not yet determined pricing for the Audi TT RS and will continue to define features and options available to U.S. consumers. Only the coupe version of the TT RS will be available in the U.S.

The Audi TT RS headed for America will share key performance attributes of the models sold in Europe and elsewhere. The car will come with the same, award-winning 2.5-liter TFSI, five-cylinder engine that generates 360 horsepower. The turbocharged engine also produces an impressive 332 lb-ft of torque. It was developed exclusively for the Audi TT RS and won International Engine of the Year honors this summer in judging for its category by 71 automotive journalists. The 2.5T engine will be paired with a six-speed manual transmission and quattro® all-wheel drive to achieve a 0-60 mph time of 4.6 seconds. The lightweight body featuring Audi Space Frame ASF® aluminum construction produces a low drag coefficient of 0.32.

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Audi TT RS Debuts In Geneva

Posted on 02.23.09 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

The Audi TT has gone down a long road.  It went from incredibly rounded slightly sporty trend to serious “don’t rev on me” badass-ness.  Audi has taken the TT up yet another notch by releasing an RS version.  The important part is its 2.5 liter 5 cylinder now makes well over 300hp, lost a few pounds, gained massive RS brakes, and fresh RS styling cues.  Although on that last part I have to mention that Audi notes the press photos as “not approved for US” which means we might see a few visual changes if the TT hits American soil.  Although, I sincerely hope not!

You can listen to the new RS’ exhaust note here

  

 

Press Release:

The Audi TT RS: Sporty Powerhouse with Five Cylinders

– Not approved for U.S. launch
– This top model will debut at the Geneva Auto Show
– Direct gasoline injection and a turbocharger deliver far more than 300 bhp
– Top-notch chassis, big brakes, and quattro drivetrain

INGOLSTADT, Germany, Feb 24, 2009 – Audi is once again producing a five-cylinder powerhouse: the Audi TT RS will be unveiled to the world at the Geneva Auto Show. Its turbocharged 2.5-liter engine produces well above 300 bhp. It also delivers explosive acceleration, driving delight, and unrivalled sound.

A legend is reborn. After all, powerful five-cylinder gasoline engines have a long legacy at Audi. And the turbocharged direct-fuel-injection engine in the TT RS is the new torchbearer of this dynamic tradition. It enables the TT RS to perform extraordinary feats. For example, it needs nowhere near five seconds to reach 100 km/h (62.14 mph); overtaking is child’s play; and 250 km/h (155.34 mph) is the limited top speed only on paper.

The quattro permanent all-wheel drive system, a sophisticated chassis, and stupendous brakes keep a tight rein on the power. All in all, the compact TT RS – with its lightweight and largely aluminum body constructed as per the Audi Space Frame principle – is a driving machine to be reckoned with.

 

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