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Audi has just announced that it will begin importing the hottest version of its little sports car, the TT-RS, in the third quarter of next year.

The product move comes after Audi whipped up a Facebook petition page that gathered in excess of 11,500 signatures in just a month's time.

The move to import the 360-horsepower Porsche Boxster and Mercedes-Benz SLK AMG-fighter isn't much of a surprise – after all, Audi has been courting the media with test drives for months, and an Audi executive at last week's launch of the A7 Sportback in Sardinia hinted that a decision was to be revealed in a few days.

No word yet on what pricing or the options list will look like, but only the hard-hatted coupe will make it to these shores – the Roadster will remain forbidden fruit.

Photos by Drew Phillips / Copyright ©2010 AOL

[Source: Audi]

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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.

For more information and high-resolution images of the Audi TT RS please visit www.audiusanews.com.

Audi of America, Inc. and its 272 U.S. dealers offer a full line of German-engineered luxury vehicles. AUDI AG is among the most successful luxury automotive brands globally. During 2009 Audi outsold all other luxury brands in Europe, while in the U.S. market Audi posted the largest market share gain of any luxury automotive brand. Between 2010 and 2012 the Audi Group is planning to invest around €5.5 billion, mainly in new products, in order to sustain the Company's technological lead. Visit www.audiusa.com or www.audiusanews.com for more information regarding Audi vehicle and business issues.

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      • 4 Years Ago
      Watch as it doesn't sell.
      Kinda like all the fanboys begging for manual transmission, but when it comes to signing on the dotted line, they don't.
        • 4 Years Ago

        Deposits for a concept at an Auto Show yes.

        Facebook 'liking' no.
        • 4 Years Ago

        Call me a "fanboy," but I sold my DSG-only R32 after only a few months of ownership and now happily drive a manual-equipped S4.

        So yeah, I'm a "fan" of doing the driving myself, and of buying from companies that respect those of us who still care about such things.

        • 4 Years Ago
        no, they do. There are just not enough of them to sustain sales.

        If Audi knows it has a limited buyer base (which i am sure they do) it will do just fine.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I suspect Audi planned to bring it here all along--the Facebook "petition" was just a marketing ploy to generate buzz.
        • 4 Years Ago
        The Audi R4 is right around the corner. The TT-RS would fit in nicely to prolong sales of the TT before it is officially retired as a last hoorah. It would be silly to keep it around, if the R4 has a proper chassis (not a Golf / A3 / Jetta) shared between Porsche Audi VW it would be foolish to keep the TT around much longer.

        Just my IMO
        • 4 Years Ago
        Disagree. Audi is on a roll and is the darling of the luxury market right now.

        No, the TT-RS will not sell in high volume, but that's not the point. Its a halo car for the platform to draw more attention to the TT as a whole.

        As for manual transmissions, I don't know a single manual transmission proponent who owns an automatic unless the car they own doesn't have a manual option.
      • 4 Years Ago
      If anyone thinks that Facebook had anything really to do with this then I'd like to offer you a great deal on this bridge that I own.

      This has absolutely nothing to do with FB and instead Audi was just using that as a great marketing tool... afterall there were at least 2 or 3 stories about this car and it hasn't even gotten here yet!
      • 4 Years Ago
      And about .0001% of these Facebook petitioners will actually purchase the car.
      • 4 Years Ago
      You gotta be kidding me. Because a bunch of kids said to bring it over on facebook means they are and thats the sole reason?

      Ask Nissan how well the GTR is doing based on advice from teens and losers that play video games in their moms basements across America.
        • 4 Years Ago
        No, they decided to bring it here first and then started the facebook thing as a marketing ploy.

        The petition was started by Audi. They're not going to start a petition, then after people sign it say "no, tough cookies".

        This was a foregone conclusion before the marketing campaign (petition) was approved by Audi of American.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I just want to know when they are going to do this for the S4 Avant that I am dying to buy?!

        I'll "friend" that!
        • 4 Years Ago
        Audi TT RS headed to America after free advertising with Facebook petition success

        /fixed the headline
      • 4 Years Ago
      Awesome! Now all I need is a second full time job.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Well then... if it's that easy, I should start a facespace petition for the Golf R.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Want it, now if they can stick more power into the S5
      • 4 Years Ago
      I think the 2.5T engine should have been the basis for the new S-line.

      Leave it to Audi to have 2 competing engines internal to its own company.
      • 4 Years Ago
      That's fine, rag tops are for girls anyway.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Right, I'm sure that made Audi decide to ship it here, the decision was already made, it was just a clever plublicity campaign. Pressing "I Like" is a lot different than writing a check and no company makes product decisions in this economy because of a facebook poll from fanboys.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Audi TT RS to come here after incredibly transparent astroturfing marketing campaign.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I own the bridge in Brooklyn. I am selling it. AB readers get a special discount. Anybody interested?
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