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Audi has finally released U.S. pricing on the company's 2012 TT RS. Buyers looking to jump into the 360-horsepower coupe can plan on handing over $56,850 (*plus any applicable destination charges) for the pleasure of ownership. That pricing scoots the mean little Audi well under the Porsche Cayman S at $62,100, though the topless Boxster S narrows that gap somewhat with a price tag of $58,600. Of course, both of those lithe sports cars are down by about 50 ponies compared to the new Quattro terror, which helps give the edge from stop light to stop light. The German automaker says that the 2012 TT RS can scoot to 60 mph in a scant 4.1 seconds.

That's moving right along, especially considering that the BMW 1 Series M Coupe does the same sprint in 4.7 seconds. It's also about $1,600 cheaper, but who's counting? For comparison's sake, the 265-hp TTS starts at $47,000, itself already a big leap over the $38,300 base 211-hp TT.

With so many diminutive, excellent German racers about, the North American enthusiast's world is clearly a better place than it was just a few years ago. Hit the jump to check the full press blast and be sure to check out the high-res gallery.
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Audi announces pricing for 2012 MY TT RS

• Introduction of TT RS marks the much anticipated return of the RS nameplate to U.S.
• TT RS fitted with a manual transmission and the award-winning, powerful 2.5 Liter TFSI® turbo-charged five-cylinder engine

Audi of America today announced pricing for the much anticipated Audi TT RS. The 2012 TT RS is the pinnacle of the TT model line, and signifies the return of the RS nameplate to the U.S. The RS nameplate represents the highest performance category for Audi vehicles, and reflects the technical competencies gained through Audi motorsports successes. The Audi TT RS will be priced at $56,850 (excluding destination charges, taxes, title, options and dealer charges).

The Audi TT RS is powered by the award-winning 2.5 liter turbocharged five-cylinder TFSI engine that generates 360 hp and 343 lb-ft of torque between 1,650 and 5,400 rpm for power on demand. All engine components have been designed to cope with extreme loads and the demands of a thoroughbred sports engine. Forged six-bearing crankshaft, weight optimized connection rods, sodium cooled exhaust valves and lightweight pistons with specifically adapted ring assembly are indicative of the elements engineered into the TT RS.

The combination of FSI® injection and a high-efficiency turbocharger result in optimum combustion, superior power and rapid buildup of boost pressure even at low speeds. The engine is mated to a six-speed manual transmission and quattro® all-wheel drive is standard. An automatic transmission is not available for the TT RS. The Audi TT RS accelerates from 0 – 60 mph in only 4.1 seconds, making it the fastest in its class.

Audi magnetic ride is standard on the TT RS, which allows the suspension characteristic to be actively altered; the driver benefits as the system constantly adapts to the current driving situation. A sport mode stiffens the magnetic ride, enhances throttle responsiveness, and activates a more striking engine sound via flaps in the exhaust system.

The aluminum and steel hybrid ASF® technology also found on the TT and TTS models, reduces weight while helping increase rigidity and safety. The coupe space frame is made up of 69 steel which makes it 48% lighter than a full steel frame. The ASF technology allows the TT RS to weigh a respectable 3,306 lbs. The Audi TT RS offers excellent aerodynamics with a drag coefficient of 0.32 due to its optimized silhouette and smooth vehicle underbody.

The Audi TT RS features exclusive design elements denoting its special place at the top of the TT model line. The high gloss black diamond-patterned Singleframe® grille and large front air inlets give notice of the vehicles performance, as does the fixed rear wing spoiler that provides increased down force. Oval exhaust pipes, rear diffuser, unique 19" rotor wheels, prominent body sills and exterior mirror housings in matte aluminum finish round out the RS-specific design elements.

The interior of the Audi TT RS also features RS-exclusive appointments, such as the contoured 3-spoke sport multifunction steering wheel, aluminum door sills with the RS logo, and RS-specific interior door handles. Other interior features include 10-way power sport front seats with three-step heating, leather seat coverings, brushed aluminum interior inlays, and available LED ambient lighting.

The Audi TT RS offers electronic features one expects from Audi, including Audi concert radio with single CD player and MP3 reading capability, and AM / FM / SAT radio with a complimentary 3-month subscription to SiriusXM® Satellite Radio. Available advanced electronics offer an increased level of sophistication for the premium sports car, including technologies like Audi navigation plus with real time traffic, MMI® inspired controls, a BOSE® sound system, and Audi music interface.

The 2012 Audi TT RS is a unique car that will appeal to Audi enthusiasts and performance vehicle purists alike. The Audi TT RS goes on sale this summer.

Specifications

ENGINE:
Type: 2.5 liter turbocharged, in-line five-cylinder, spark-ignition engine with TFSI direct injection, four valves per cylinder, double overhead camshafts [DOHC], turbocharger with intercooler.
Arrangement: Front mounted, transverse
Bore: 3.25 in (82.5 mm)
Stroke: 3.65 in (92.8 mm)
Displacement: 151 / 3.25 / 3.65 (2480 / 82.5 x 92.8)
Compression ratio: 10:01
Fuel: Unleaded Super, 95 RON (unleaded regular, 91 RON, as an alternative with slight reduction in performance)
Horsepower (SAE): 360 hp @ 5,500 - 6,700 rpm (265 kW)
Max. torque: 343 lb-ft @ 1,650 - 5,400 rpm (465 Nm)

ENGINE DESIGN:
Cylinder block: Cast iron
Cylinder head: Aluminum
Valve train / intake: DOHC, 4 valves/cylinder

ELECTRICAL SYSTEM:
Battery: 380 amp, 80 amp/hr
Alternator: 140 amp

DRIVETRAIN:
Transmission: 6-speed manual, fully synchronized
Gear ratios:
1st 3.570
2nd 2.160
3rd 1.890
4th 1.430
5th 1.160
6th 0.097
Reverse 4.500

STEERING:
Type: Eletromechanical steering with speed-dependent power assistance
Ratio: 16.9 : 1
Turns (lock-to-lock): 2.9
Turning circle
(curb-to-curb): 35.96 ft (10.96 m)

SUSPENSION:
Front: MacPherson strut (gas charged) with aluminum 3-point lower control arm, aluminum sub frame, tubular anti roll bar, track stabilizing steering roll radius
Rear: Four-link rear suspension with separate spring/shock absorber arrangement

BRAKES:
Service brake: Dual-circuit brake system with diagonal split, ESC, hydraulic brake assistant, front and rear disc brakes ventilated
Front size: 14.6 in (370 mm)
Rear size: 12.2 in (310 mm)
Parking brake: Mechanically actuated at the rear wheels

WHEELS (standard only):
Size: Aluminum, 9Jx19

TIRES (standard only):
Size: 255/35 R19 Y

BODY:
Material: Hybrid ASF construction: Lightweight construction concept, which is a mixed construction using aluminum and steel
Corrosion protection: Multi-step anti-corrosion protection

CAPACITIES:
Engine oil: 6.9 qt (6.5 l)
Fuel tank: 15.90 gal (60 l)

EXTERIOR DIMENSIONS:
Wheelbase: 97.2 in (2,468 mm)
Track front / rear: 61.2/ 60.9 in (1,555/ 1,546 mm)
Overall length: 165.3 in (4,198 mm)
Overall width: w/o mirrors 72.5 in (1,842 mm)
Height: 53.1 in (1,348 mm)
Curb weight, quattro: 3306 lb (1500 kg)
Drag coefficient: 0.32

INTERIOR DIMENSIONS:
Seating capacity: 2 + 2
Head room
front / rear: 37.7/ 32.6 in (957/ 829 mm)
Shoulder room
front / rear: 53.2/ 47.5 in (1,352/ 1,206 mm)
Leg room
front / rear: 41.1/ 29.3 in (1,044/ 743 mm)
Int. vol. (EPA)
front / rear: 47.7/ 26.2 cu ft
Luggage capacity
standard / seats folded: 13.1/ 24.7 cu ft (290/ 700 l)

PERFORMANCE:
0-60 mph 4.1
Top speed 174 mph

EFFICIENCY/ENVIRONMENT:
EPA estimate:
City mpg: Not available at present time
Highway mpg: Not available at present time
Combined mpg: Not available at present time


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      Agilis
      • 3 Years Ago
      So now the Audi TT, which I was never fond of, and quite frankly was ugly looking, went from , whatever 'that' was, to THIS? Now it's faster than the A4, S4, A5, & S5. What's wrong with this picture? Or am I missing something? I very well could be, it's been a long day.
        1STH
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Agilis
        you're kidding right? the TT has always been faster than those cars. even in 2001, the original 225 Coupe was doing 0-60 runs in under 6 seconds.....most people don't realise that TTs have always been fast...
          Agilis
          • 3 Years Ago
          @1STH
          That is why I asked if I could be missing something. Evidently that answer was a B-I-G YES! HAHA. Thanks.
      Evan Hayden
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'm having one of those "Why must I be broke??" moments when looking at this beauty.
      car-spy-shots.blogsp
      • 3 Years Ago
      Whether a particular car draws looks or not depends on where you live. When I lived in San Diego, something like this would barely draw a second look. Now, living in south Georgia, this would draw major gawks, yet a Vette ZR1 wouldn't. Anyways, more fodder for the miniature German rocket wars. And that's never a bad thing.
      1STH
      • 3 Years Ago
      this is basically a 911 Turbo for less than half the price. There is NO OTHER car around right now that can do 0-60 in 4 seconds and have a magnificent 5 cylinder turbo for $56k. This car is a bargain at that price, compared to other cars. 1M? The 1M is based off the bottom of the rung 1-series in the BMW range---the TT-RS is based off a premium coupe in the Audi range. Obviously the price will be higher. Contrary to what you guys think, BMW has not developed the 1M to compete with Audi, and Audi has not developed the TT-RS to compete with BMW.
        1STH
        • 3 Years Ago
        @1STH
        oh and i forgot to mention---also have AWD included in the package.
          Tony
          • 3 Years Ago
          @1STH
          This is assuming you can get a 1M at MSRP which will not happen. Don't get me wrong, I like the 1M a lot but the TT-RS looks 100x better and is just as (if not quicker) than the BMW.
        Alex Rodriguez MacFa
        • 3 Years Ago
        @1STH
        The Mustang GT can do 4.4 sec for around $30K !!!! It's a reasonable price but the only drawback is that is an old design. Its replacement is around the corner. For that coin I still prefer the S5!!
          Tony
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Alex Rodriguez MacFa
          I've been vying for reasons not to walk into a Ford dealer tomorrow in aims for a 5.0. I honestly can't think of any. Such a great car for the money.
        futuramautoblog
        • 3 Years Ago
        @1STH
        "The 1M is based off the bottom of the rung 1-series in the BMW range---the TT-RS is based off a premium coupe in the Audi range" FOUL! You are forgetting a 'premium coupe in the Audi range' is based off of the 'bottom of the rung' Volkswagen Golf!
          TheBoosch
          • 3 Years Ago
          @futuramautoblog
          I didn't know the VW Golf had an aluminum frame...
          futuramautoblog
          • 3 Years Ago
          @futuramautoblog
          Yo TheBoosche. You just made me to check and re-login! Damm you!! BTW, Nope. VW Golf doesn't have AL frame.. but neither does mk2 Audi TT!!!! Only the front 'bodypanels' are aluminium with steel panels for the rear. and they both utilize VAG's A5 (PQ35) platform. Let's try to keep the fact straight.
        b33g33
        • 3 Years Ago
        @1STH
        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zIxLjbQ2AMU&feature=player_embedded
      dimcorner
      • 3 Years Ago
      I rather have an RS3.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @dimcorner
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      Agent55
      • 3 Years Ago
      "...especially considering that the BMW 1 Series M Coupe does the same sprint in 4.7 seconds. It's also about $1,600 cheaper, but who's counting?" I'm pretty sure the 1 Series M Coupe starts at just over $46k, that's be a savings of $10k... in other words, a sh!t ton.
        flanders2520
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Agent55
        Optioned out they are roughly the same price. Audi always options there cars high from the factory where BMW doesn't. You have to compare apples to apples. I do like how BMW let's you Purchase a car w/o a lot of extras where Audi already has the equipment standard...but then again Audi might know something as their profits are higher too
      murciered
      • 3 Years Ago
      I love the TT-RS, but $56,850! haha!... Wow... I'll take the $46,500 BMW 1M or the $55,900 base price M3 sedan for that dough. ****, I'd even rather have a 135i and consider it a bargain.
        Tony
        • 3 Years Ago
        @murciered
        Let me know where you can get a 1M for $46k (and don't send me ebay/autotrader online prices) and I'll give you a hug
          murciered
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Tony
          Have you ever heard of ordering a car directly from the company? European Delivery Program... BMW 1Ms start at $42,955..savings of $3,180 compared to U.S. base price. You pay for what you ordered, not for dealer mark-up. Factor in any extra costs to travel, and for the great experience.. and you still get a heck of a deal compared to the TT-RS.
        Speed Devil
        • 3 Years Ago
        @murciered
        Why get a run of the Mill BMW when you could have a car that's base form is already rare to see on the road Besides that, with some tuning and weight reduction, imagine the times
        • 3 Years Ago
        @murciered
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      axelman9
      • 3 Years Ago
      Great looks, great quality, seriously fast, unmatched sound, limited production, manual only, reasonable price, has the potential to tune to supercar levels... a classic in the making!
      • 3 Years Ago
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        alkalinebay
        • 3 Years Ago
        Your sarcasm is not amusing. sounds like you don't like GM cars very much or you're just ignorant. Corvettes are not exsactly flying off dealers lots and everyone knows this. Also corvettes have gotten pretty pricey (z06'S AND ZR1's) you know the ones people want to own. Base corvette is long in the tooth and needs a remake badly. Lets just say the c6 hasnt aged with grace.
          Musclecarinthesis777
          • 3 Years Ago
          @alkalinebay
          ZR1 are pricey? More horse power, faster, and better bang for the buck than the R8 GT Spyder, Lamborgini Gallardo, and 911 GT3.
      scott
      • 3 Years Ago
      I sometimes forget the current generation TT exists...I see way less than the first generation. It's a good-looking car, and this seems like a decent price for a high perfomance version.
        alkalinebay
        • 3 Years Ago
        @scott
        Problem is its a chick car. I respect it like a miata but would never get caught owning one.
          axelman9
          • 3 Years Ago
          @alkalinebay
          Thank goodness, enthusiasts wouldn't want to catch you owning one.
          Dennis Baskov
          • 3 Years Ago
          @alkalinebay
          If you think a chick car has high performance label, awd system, turbo charged motor that produces 360 horsepower and goes from 0 to 60 in around 4.1 seconds. Then you sir are an idiot and know nothing about cars.
        alkalinebay
        • 3 Years Ago
        @scott
        axleman enjoy your chick car :)
        A B
        • 3 Years Ago
        @scott
        You also think that being underestimated during a track day and flying under police radar are a bad thing? When was the last time you saw a Golf Cabriolet pulled over to the side of the road?
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