If yesterday it was just a rumor, today it became official: Audi will bring the TT RS Coupe to the United States market by the third quarter of 2011. Although the introduction of the TT RS was under consideration for several months, Audi launched an innovative survey on Facebook and no more than 11,500 fans expressed their enthusiasm for the Audi TT RS in just one month.
As a result, Audi concluded that it is the time to bring the new car in the United States.
For those who don’t know, the Audi TT RS is powered by a 2.5-liter TFSI, five-cylinder engine capable to generate 360 horsepower and an impressive 332 lb-ft of torque, mated to a six-speed manual transmission as well as quattro all-wheel drive.
With these numbers, it can sprint to 62 mph (100 km/h) in just 4.6 seconds and has a top speed electronically limited to 155 mph (250 km/h).
The lightweight body featuring Audi Space Frame ASF aluminum construction produces a low drag coefficient of 0.32. Audi didn’t release the pricing for the new car yet. Only the coupe version of the TT RS will be available in the U.S.
Audi of America President Johan de Nysschen revealed that the Audi TT RS remains to be rooted in the brand’s motorsport success especially when it comes to performance and even agility. This is the reason why, Nysschen adds, that the TT RS is indeed a sports car that portrays emotion.
This particular emotion was made obvious when the company went around the country to explore any interests on the TT RS, Nysschen concludes. Audi said that it will continue to determine the features and options that it can offer to the U.S. market though it has yet to settle on a final price for the TT RS.
However for U.S. consumers, Audi will only offer the coupe version. Still, consumers should be excited with the fact that the TT RS is considered as the first classic sports car in the brand’s RS family. This model was manufactured by quattro GmbH to be a pure driving machine similar to the RS4 and RS6.
The power of the engine is aided with the latest six-speed transmission that allows for a more precise operation due to the newly designed shift lever with its short shift travel. That is not the only thing that the new transmission has to offer however. What makes this one unique is that it manages to narrow down the distribution of its gear ratios and a rather high efficiency ratio.
A standard feature that comes with the TT RS is the quattro permanent all-wheel drive. What makes this all work can be found on the rear axle where a hydraulic and multi-plate clutch that is electronically controlled can be found. The purpose of the clutch is that when the need arises, it redirects most of the torque input from the car’s front wheels to its rear.
Thus, in just milliseconds the accumulator works together with the powerful electrical pump to press the plates of the clutch through hydraulic pressure. Another feature that has been added to the powertrain of the quattro is the constant velocity joint. In the TT RS, it was placed before the two heavy-duty components which were the compact rear-axle differential and propeller shaft.
Meanwhile the drivetrain gives it the needed traction, stability, and dynamics. When the TT RS runs through laps or drives through winding roads, it is able to demonstrate its handling ability. The steering of the Audi TT RS is also precise and able to respond quickly.
Then there is the immediate reaction from the chassis and its neutrality at the cornering limit. All of these, with the grip when exiting a curve and the power of the engine, give the TT RS its true value as a sports car.