Audi TT RS will cost around $60,000 on the U.S. market

Article by Christian Andrei, on February 14, 2011

Audi’s TT-RS sportscar debuted for the US market at the Chicago Auto Show. Audi has released the official details about the US version of the car, which will be getting a serious power boost and will be priced at around $60,000. When the TT-RS was launched in Europe over a year ago, it was quite successful.

The US version will get a 20hp boost, from an output of 340hp offered by the European variant. But the model will still be powered by the same 2.5-liter TFSI turbocharged engine with a common-rail system.

Performance figures will also be better than those for the European version, which can sprint from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 4.6 seconds and is electronically limited to a top speed of 250 km/h (155 mpg). According to a report from Car & Driver, the only gearbox option available at first will be the six-speed manual, and the sporty Recaro seats won’t even be offered in the U.S.

Actually, there will be few options available for the limited run of 1000 units or less. A sport exhaust option will be available for the five-pot unit. Customers who don’t like the RS’ rear spoiler can actually opt for a factory delete.

The exterior package features silver accents on the lower front and rear valance (to match the mirror caps), as well as a blacked-out grille and trim with titanium-colored wheels. The sportscar will be seen at U.S. dealerships by the end of summer. It will be priced “in the low-$60K range.”

The Audi TT RS comes standard with the Quattro permanent four-wheel drive. Its heart is found at the rear axle: a multi-plate clutch that is electronically controlled and hydraulically activated. The clutch alters most of the torque input from the front to the rear wheels.

In a few milliseconds, a powerful electrical pump alongside an accumulator pushes together the clutch plates using hydraulic pressure. The Quattro powertrain comes with a constant velocity joint in front of the propeller shaft as well as a compact real-axle, both of which are heavy-duty components.

The Quattro drivetrain enables the Audi TT RS to have exceptional traction, fascinating dynamics and excellent stability. Going on winding country lanes or laps around a racecourse prove its superior handling.

Each mile in an Audi TT RS radiates the true meaning of sportiness, thanks to its accurate and responsive steering, the chassis’ instantaneous reactions, neutrality at the maximum speed, the traction when exiting a curve and again, the engine’s awesome power. The chassis of the Audi TT RS depends upon the state-of-the-art groundwork of the Audi TT design. The 4-link rear suspension plays a critical role as it manages lateral and longitudinal forces one at a time.

The electromechanical steering is very efficient while the power steering adapts to the speed of the vehicle. With aluminum fascia and steel rear sheet, the body’s innovative blend of materials brings about a well-balanced axle-weight distribution, superb crash safety and great rigidity, which lays the foundation for the car’s accurate handling. The standard sports chassis with included tightly tuned springs plus shock absorbers lowers the vehicle’s height by 10 mm or 0.39 in.

The Audi magnetic ride adaptive damping system, which comes as an option, lets the driver choose from two modes for shock absorbers by merely pressing the Sport button. The dynamic mode allows the Audi TT RS to stay firmly on the road while the comfort mode delivers an enjoyable balanced ride for every long drive. The sportiest model in the TT line prides itself on its 18-in wheels covered with 245/45 tires.

They are matched with strongly ventilated disc brakes with a diameter measuring 370 mm or 14.57 at the front and 310 mm or 12.20 in at the rear. Friction rings at the front are perforated to make the heat dissipate right away.

They are connected using hollow pins to the aluminum brake discs that are enclosed by aluminum black 4-piston brake calipers. RS logos can also be spotted in these calipers. The Electronic Stabilization Program or ESP can be partially or fully switched off. When in Sport mode, the engine does not interfere to check traction and likewise, the brakes engage afterward. The ESO is totally deactivated in the other mode.

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