Ladies and gentlemen, the 2012 Audi TT RS has officially landed in the United States. And there was much rejoicing.

Audi has announced that one Don Istook has purchased the very first American-spec TT RS from Fort Worth Audi in Texas. Istook is a longtime Audi enthusiast, having raced Quattro coupes in the mid-1980s, and in more recent times, S4 and TT models.

The 2012 Audi TT RS is priced from $56,580 (excluding $875 for destination), and it marks the return of the automaker's RS performance line to Yankeeland. The last RS model available on these shores was the RS4 (rest in peace, you stunner). The TT RS will no doubt continue the tradition of Audi's performance monsters, boasting 360 horsepower and 343 pound-feet of torque from its 2.5-liter turbocharged five-cylinder engine. Follow the jump for the official press blast.
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First Audi TT RS sold in U.S. marks return of heralded high-performance RS line

The return of the heralded Audi RS line to the American performance car scene officially launched when Forth Worth Audi in Texas delivered the first 2012 Audi TT RS in the U.S. to veteran race car driver Don Istook.

Last year, Istook was one of more than 11,500 fans to sign the Audi TT RS Facebook petition drive, which helped convince Audi to introduce the 360-hp coupe in the U.S. But Istook's connection to Audi and to the TT performance car line runs far deeper. The Fort Worth native was one of the first drivers to race an Audi Quattro in the U.S. in 1985 and he drove Audi S4 models in the Motorola Cup, which became the Grand-Am Cup. More recently he has raced Audi TT quattro coupes.

"Having raced at almost every major track in the U.S. and Canada, I've pushed the limits in many cars in my 34 years as a race car driver," Istook said. "I like my street car to give me some of that thrill. With my new Audi TT RS, I not only get that thrill, but I also get that 'race car' sound."

The 2012 Audi TT RS stands as the pinnacle of the TT model line, representative of the highest performance category for Audi vehicles. The Audi TT RS, powered by the award-winning 2.5-liter turbocharged five-cylinder TFSI engine, generates 360 hp between 5,500 and 6,700 rpm, and 343 lb-ft of torque between 1,650 and 5,400 rpm for power on demand. With aluminum and steel hybrid ASF® technology and standard quattro® all-wheel drive, the TT RS offers excellent aerodynamics and increased rigidity and safety.

The 2012 Audi TT RS is priced at $56,850 (excluding $875 destination charges, taxes, title, options and dealer charges).

The newest Audi for the U.S. market truly showcases the performance engineering of the RS line of sports cars produced by quattro GmbH in Neckarsulm, Germany. The RS line has given Audi a special element of sports appeal, individuality and exclusivity.

"The technical capabilities of the Audi brand are perfectly distilled in the RS models developed by quattro GmbH," said Johan de Nysschen, President, Audi of America. "For the past few years, American sports car enthusiasts have pleaded with us to make the marquee available here. With the TT RS we are now furthering the Audi performance story that includes models from the Audi S4 to the new Audi R8 GT."

Audi has announced plans to follow up with the U.S. introduction of the Audi RS 5 coupe next year. Audi dealers expect keen interest in the RS line.

"Interest in the return of the RS marquee has been so strong that Mr. Istook is allowing us to keep his TT RS at the dealership longer to show Audi fans and customers," said Bobby Baillargeon, owner of Forth Worth Audi.

The Audi TT RS features exclusive design elements denoting its special place at the top of the TT model line, including high gloss black diamond-patterned Singleframe® grille and large front air inlets, fixed rear wing spoiler, oval exhaust pipes, rear diffuser, unique 19-inch rotor wheels and more. It comes exclusively with a six-speed manual transmission, and available adaptive headlights. The interior also features RS-exclusive appointments, such as the contoured three-spoke sport multifunction steering wheel, aluminum door sills with the RS logo, and RS-specific interior door handles.

The Audi TT RS offers electronic features one expects from Audi, including Audi concert radio with single CD player and MP3 reading capability, and a complimentary three-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.

But the specific appeal of the Audi TT RS – and the rest of the Audi RS line – is performance and handling.

"Superb brakes and handling go right along with the magnificent power from the 2.5-liter turbo, especially the low end torque," Istook noted. "It reminds me of the mid 80's when we raced the original 5 cylinder turbo Audi Quattro. What is great, though, is that I get all of that, yet I have the refinement, sophistication and technology of a truly modern sports car."


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      tenspeeder
      • 3 Years Ago
      Congrats to Don. Bet its gonna be a blast to drive. Also hope it has great a/c
      Ak74
      • 3 Years Ago
      This is great news. My life is complete.
      Burabus
      • 3 Years Ago
      sucks that Audi has such poor QC and reliability, they really are the best looking cars on the road
      • 3 Years Ago
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      BobbyD
      • 3 Years Ago
      This kind of makes me sad, I have had 3 TT's now and had planned on getting the RS but every dealer I called told me it was going to be around $70k and pretty much gave me the cold shoulder. I ended up getting a new CTS-V for an amazing price but I still kind of wish I had the RS.
        wainiac
        • 3 Years Ago
        @BobbyD
        I sell Audi's and I'll get you one configured any you want and sell it at MSRP..
        axelman9
        • 3 Years Ago
        @BobbyD
        You should have checked the forums... since a year ago it was mentioned it would probably be about $10K more than a TTS. Every dealer is presently selling the TTRS at MSRP which comes to about $63K-$65K fully loaded. your loss..
          BobbyD
          • 3 Years Ago
          @axelman9
          I did, vwvortex and audiworld. The numbers were all over the place. My personal guess was 10k over the TTS but I didn't want to miss the deal on the V.
          1STH
          • 3 Years Ago
          @axelman9
          they wouldn't know at Vortex or Audiworld-----QUATTROWORLD.
        1STH
        • 3 Years Ago
        @BobbyD
        bobby----as a TT owner, i sympathize with you----however that is just another reason that you should NEVER listen to the illiterate clan that is the dealer network---they never know anything. You should have been on Quattroworld forums....where we already had an idea of the range the pricing was going to be! ;)
          kcroc10077
          • 3 Years Ago
          @1STH
          Agreed. A few months ago I was calling the local dealers about when the Golf R will be in showrooms. You wouldn't believe how many "what's a Golf R??" responses I got.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @BobbyD
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        axelman9
        • 3 Years Ago
        @BobbyD
        CTS-V and TTRS are two very different cars... the CTS-V is a world-class sport tourer weighing in at 4250#... the TTRS a 3196# rocket whose engine has "one of the sweetest burbles of any production car on the road today"... typical description of the TTRS sound: "Each gear change invokes a duet of wastegate chirrup and piercing blow-off valve blasts. Time it right and on the overrun you’re rewarded with a guttural noise that evokes images of a bull gurgling unleaded. That motor was really the highlight of the show however, despite a look perfectly mashing together cute and Wolverine-like aggression, and an interior executed in typical Audi quality. With an idle like a racing boat and a roar when pushed which exposes the similarly-engined Focus ST as crass, uncivilised, and decidedly under-engineered in such hallowed company, this 2.5 makes mincemeat of even Subaru STI lumps. guess which one I bought?
        kcroc10077
        • 3 Years Ago
        @BobbyD
        Was that 70k base or is that including the, ahem....market adjustment fee?
          BobbyD
          • 3 Years Ago
          @kcroc10077
          They all pretty much thought that was going to be the price of a loaded RS, I told them they are freaking crazy because there was no way in hell it would cost more than a Cayman R.
      • 3 Years Ago
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        Elmo
        • 3 Years Ago
        Please don't become another troll and spam your website on each of your comments.
      • 3 Years Ago
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        Krishan Mistry
        • 3 Years Ago
        But the engine in the caprice is at least 7-10 years old, and is probably dirt cheap and very reliable. The same cant be said for a high strung turbo engine, no matter how impressive it is.
      Bob Funn
      • 3 Years Ago
      I was on that list and fully intended to order one but they won't offer it with the transmission I want.
        MyerShift
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Bob Funn
        An automatic, flappy paddle gear box in the most sporting model of the range? Regardless of speed of shifts, a manual is the only way to be properly involved and connected in a sporting car.
          Kevlar
          • 3 Years Ago
          @MyerShift
          Which is why so many upper-level race cars use H-gate shifters, right? Oh, wait... Anyone who uses that argument needs to go disconnect their power steering, because hey, that's just a lazy-man's "convenience feature," adding weight and numbing the connection between driver, car, and road. Forgive the snarkiness, but while I agree that a manual is more FUN (all of my vehicles are manuals for a reason), they in no way make you more "connected." If anything, they represent a disconnect or obstruction between the driver and their ability to truly feel the car and the limits of adhesion. You don't feel the road or the dynamics of the car with your shifting hand...
      Alex
      • 3 Years Ago
      TT RS is cool (I own an 02 myself), Audi Quattro will be cooler tho...
      kcroc10077
      • 3 Years Ago
      Why is this car not listed on Audi's U.S. site???
      Jamychal Hurd
      • 3 Years Ago
      Hmm, I wonder where in Fort Worth?
        AudiJeff
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Jamychal Hurd
        Fort Worth Audi is located at University and White Settlement in downtown Fort Worth.
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