• Mar 18th 2010 at 11:28AM
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Audi TT RS – Click above for high-res image gallery

When Audi launched the TT RS, we were initially told that the automaker had no plans to bring it to the States. And while rumors have cropped up that suggest otherwise, we still don't have the official word from Audi about whether we'll ever get the chance to experience the 335-horsepower TT. However, our friends to the north can apparently rejoice – Audi will reportedly be bringing the TT RS to Canada, albeit in very limited numbers (250 units, to be exact). It is not yet clear whether those 250 units will be in coupe or convertible form – or both.

Additionally, Monvolant reports that Canadian consumers will be able to spec a rear-wheel drive BMW X1 when the crossover goes on sale next year – a configuration that will not be available in the States. Canada is likely to only receive X1s equipped with BMW's 3.0-liter inline-six, good for around 260 horsepower.

We aren't very upset about the fact that U.S.-spec X1s will only have all-wheel drive. However, if Audi is going to tease us by bringing 250 examples of the too-hot TT to this continent, the least it could do is spec a few for U.S. (or just Autoblog) consumption. Thanks for the tip, Martin!




[Source: Monvolant (translated)]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      I'd get a TT in a heartbeat if they were $10K cheaper. They are one of the most beautiful cars out there (but the original was the best of all).
      • 5 Years Ago
      I am liking this BMW Countryman :-).

      If "Canucks" love hatches so much, why do none of the exclusive Euro brands sell them in Canada? I'm talking PSA, Renault, Seat, etc...

      Maybe it's because that's a media line that Canadians swallow and tout, but it bears little resemblance to reality outside of Québec? Yup. That's why!

      Funny, I don't see any great overwhelming number of small hatches in Toronto. On the contrary, I see the same bloated SUVs and usual number of sedans as in any other city in North America. If Canadians "LOVE" hatches so much more than Americans, why doesn't Honda sell the 5-door Civic there? Hmm???

      San Francisco's compact hatch love is about 100X what I see on Canadian roads.

      So sick of this tired, and inaccurate stereotype.

      Bottom line: If the stupid manufacturers would give us the CHANCE to buy their hot hatches, a great many of us surely would, but when you don't offer them for sale, the self-perpetuating myth, well, perpetuates.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Your comment hold no water at all in Vancouver, as most vehicles there are small and medium sized cars, with the requisite german luxury cars all over. But few SUVs, and thankly even fewer still that are blinged out with 24" wheels.

        And I guess from your comment Quebecois actually get those European brands like Seat/Fiat, etc? No they don't.

        I didn't see that many SUVs in Toronto when I was there for almost a year back in '05, FWIW.
        • 5 Years Ago
        So basically David, your telling us that your close friends and immediate surrounding are a better estimation of national trend in cars sales then the actual manufacturers numbers? I'm teasing here, but seriously, hatch and manual do sell more in Canada, and yes, these trends does vary at lot from place to place (Labrador City, Montreal and Calgary certainly doesn't share the exact same type of preferred vehicles...) . The fact that cars cost more in Canada, tax and gas are higher and that salary tends to be lower should explain a lot.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Based on my experience living near the border in Maine, there definitely is a difference between cars purchased in Canada versus the US. In Maine, about 50% of vehicles on the road are SUVs or trucks, while just across the border in NB I would estimate that its no more than 25%, while compact and subcompact sedans, hatchbacks and wagons are much more common.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Hatches do sell better here and so do Manual Transmissions, This is highly driven by economics and higher priced fuel. When they canceled the Manual Transmission in the Honda CRV, I read that only 10% of Canadians were getting the MT, but that wasn't the decision point, it was because only 1% of Americans were!

        Sure you can pick a locale in the USA (SF) that has more hatchbacks than a Locale in Canada (Alberta Oil Patch), but overall the difference does exist.

        Most companies won't build a Hatch just for Canada, because the market is only 10% the size of the US market. There just isn't that much money in it. So we generally get stuck with what Americans want whether it is Sedans or Slushboxes. :-(
        • 5 Years Ago
        I guess my point is this:

        I grew up in Toronto. NOBODY I knew drove manual transmissions. I moved to Indianapolis for school. EVERYBODY drove manual transmissions there. Now, I live in Philadelphia. On my street, I have 5 good friends, and we all drive manual transmissions.

        These "rules/tendancies" just don't hold up to scrutiny, and they get repeated over and over and over, and it's getting tiresome.

        Another example. In Philadelphia, where I live now, we have residential streets the size of back-alleys in Toronto, and our "main streets" are single-lane in most cases, with parking on one or both sides. Only an idiot buys a huge SUV here (however, there are some idiots). People with any sense buy small cars here. We also do parallel parking (street parking) as a way of life, as most people do not have garages. Consequently, here we have tons of MINIs, Versas, Yarises, Fits, etc... I'm sure anything small and nice that were available would sell like hot-cakes in Philadelphia. I mentioned SF, only because as many MINIs as I thought we have, they have probably 10-20X as many.

        The manufacturers need to wake-up and see that many of us want and need exactly the cars that they deny us here. Is it any wonder MINI was such a "surprise" hit, defying all conventional "wisdom"? The upcoming Fiesta will sell insanely well here and elsewhere.

      • 5 Years Ago
      all those vehicles are avariable to sell en mexico
      • 5 Years Ago
      Who the hell would buy a RWD X1 if it is to be driven in the snow? I think the US would benefit more from a RWD version than us Canadians.
      • 5 Years Ago
      how much would the TT RS sell for in Canada?
        • 5 Years Ago
        My money is on it being greater than $70K CDN. Maybe $80K. It will be somewhat exclusive...
      • 5 Years Ago
      I am excited to see the TT-RS in a local Audi dealership, my only worry is the cost. I mean if I can get the Porsche Boxster/Cayman at a close price it would be a tough sell as well as my favorite car the G37 will still be considerably less.
      • 5 Years Ago
      That is a beautiful color blue. I always like a good blue paint-job.
      • 5 Years Ago
      How come some manufacturers are nowadays selling certain cars in Canada only, but won't sell them south of the border?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Less bureaucracy. It is easier to get a car approved for sale in Canada. It also requires less production commitment. The Canadian market is about the size of California so it makes a great test market for products.

        As far as the luxury end goes the Canadian Economy is back in full swing which is one of the reasons why our dollar is pushing parity with the American dolllar again. This makes the market for luxury vehicles more viable again. Our businesses and governments hate it when that happens because we lose one of the cost benefits of locating your business in Canada. For an importer selling products here though it increases the profits they make off of every sale.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Mighy be some sort of trade agreement
        • 5 Years Ago
        That wing is a little much, it's too ricey looking. A nice ducktail or underbody rear diffuser would be better.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Love that bar of soap styling. Audi the only company who bends over intentionally in the showers.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Canadian market can probably grey-import or certify for sale between canada and europe. Canada knows that if they put up a bunch of hurdles and costs, they wouldn't get the products.

        If they sell in the US, it has to be federalized, costs millions of dollars, and a low volume model won't offset that cost.

        It doesn't matter that the TT is already federalized... stupid non-sense. The TT-RS would have to be re-federalized.

        This kind of bureaucratic bullcrap hurdle-setting really needs to stop. In every sector of the Government.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Nobody wants these overpriced audis here.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Speak for yourself. I want it here. You can keep the X1, Germany, and send us more TT RSs
      • 5 Years Ago
      Let's see...AWD is standard because Americans need it to combat all of the snow and Canadians get RWD because... they like to burn rubber? Wouldn't be surprised if they get it with a 6M just to piss us off.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Canadians can definitely use AWD, too. I believe the reason for the RWD option in Canada is to hit a cheaper price-point. We are generally more budget-conscious than the American market and cars are also more expensive here. So they probably did this in order to move some more product (and also put a lower "Starting at $" in their marketing).
      • 5 Years Ago
      And this is why the Porsche Boxster is still and will always be the leader in the Sports-roadster segment. Audi is too afraid of bringing over their RS line.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Us Canadians used to say the same thing about cars only sold in the U.S. (like the GTO). The usual excuse is that there isn't enough market interest. Canuks like hatchbacks and wagons far more than the U.S. customers do, so you will see more of those up here. Can't say that would be the reason for not importing the TTRS to the U.S. though unless U.S. interest in the TTS is too low that Audi doesn't think they can make money on the effort (remember Canuck cars are 5-15% more expensive before taxes than the same U.S. car).
        • 5 Years Ago
        "Us Canadians used to say the same thing about cars only sold in the U.S. (like the GTO). The usual excuse is that there isn't enough market interest."

        There wasn't "enough market interest" in the U.S either. LoL

        Just goes to show how much these automakers THINK they know and how little they actually know their own customers.
        I think their market research departments consist of a group of employees in a room with a bunch of car magazines. That is their research.
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