Audi TT RS

The Audi TT RS is a relative baby within the Audi family of fine automobiles. After several years of success with the Audi TT, the RS, Introduced in 2009, holds meaning for anyone who is familiar with the Audi line. RS means "RennSport" or "racing sport." The presence of RS within the Audi line suggests one absolute: high performance.

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Audi TT RS Origins

The Audi TT RS became a sought-after compact sports car that was considered a direct competitor to all vehicles in its class. The incredibly popular European auto intrigued enough potential buyers in the U.S. for its release in North America. 2012 marks the release of the popular sports car within the North American market.

About the Audi TT RS

The Audi TT RS is known for many things. Beginning with its head-turning aesthetics that includes body contours that figuratively scream European compact sports car, the TT RS carries with it a distinct exhaust, producing a signature sound that will be well-known among the fortunate inner circles in the U.S. While the car's body and performance capability suggest a street-legal Le Mans racer, the interior remains fit for luxury—as a whole, the vehicle leaves no question as to why eleven thousand Americans added their names to the official petition.

In the realm of performance, the TT RS is well known for its exhilarating acceleration, superior handling, traction, and the superior safety associated with the legendary auattro four-wheel-drive system. The 2012 model will enjoy additional performance specs after receiving a boost in power to the 2.5-liter, turbocharged inline five-cylinder.

Modern Audi TT RSs

For those fortunate enough to get their hands on the 2012 Audi TT RS, or even to cozy into the passenger seat, the experience will rival that of all other compact sports cars within its class. While the sticker price is relatively steep at $56,850, it presents a unique opportunity when considering how few of these cars will be on U.S. roads. Audi only plans to release 1,000 of the TT RS models to the North American market over the next two years. Simple probability skills suggest that a glimpse at one of these will be rare.

The 2.5-liter turbocharged I5 is more than capable of putting a driver deep into the seat. The five cylinders harness an impressive 360 horsepower. Considering the TT and the TTS, the TT RS produces more than 100 additional bhp than its platform counterparts. This fact is just one of the reasons many drivers will opt for the TT RS over a comparable sports car such as the Lotus Elise.

With all of that power from a turbocharged engine, one would only expect poor fuel economy. However, the TT RS presents drivers with impressive gas mileage: 18/25 mpg city/highway.

The exterior of the 2012 Audi TT RS is available in eight different colors, accented perfectly by two variants of black leather interior. The driver and passenger seats are of the racing variety, yet designed to offer maximum comfort. While the rear-seating area is more of a conversation piece than a useful feature, there is a surprising amount of room for a compact sports car. Ultimately, the TT RS is capable of seating four.

A few of the safety features associated with the 2012 Audi TT RS include the quattro four-wheel system; stability and traction control; four-wheel, anti-lock brakes; front and rear ventilated disc brakes; and multiple airbags. The 19-inch wheels and 255/35R high-performance summer tires will lend themselves to a ride similar to a roller coaster -- without the rails.

The 2012 Audi TT RS is only offered with a six-speed manual transmission due to the high levels of torque produced by the small but impressive engine. Within the same breath, purists will contend that a car of this nature should only be driven in such a manner: with complete control.

Audi TT RS Evolution

The Audi TT RS was introduced at the 2009 Geneva Auto Show. Thus far, the popular sports car has been manufactured in two body styles: the Coupe and the Roadster. The great American experiment of 2012 may further the development and popularity of the line, but it certainly will not detract from the European loyalists who quickly bought up the 2009 through 2011 models.

The 2009 TT RS was based upon the TT platform and was available with several options, including bucket seats. The options increased in 2010, giving consumers the ability to choose between the six-speed manual transmission and a seven-speed DSG transmission.

Select an Audi TT RS Year

2013 Audi TT RS

Coupe, Sports

The 2013 Audi TT RS is a sporty coupe with a powerful twin-turbocharged engine.

2012 Audi TT RS

Coupe, Sports