After a Facebook petition and a lot of whining from Americans, the 2012 Audi TT RS is finally on sale Stateside. At a price of $56,850 (plus destination charges, etc.). For that, the buyer gets a turbocharged, 2.5-liter, five-cylinder engine making 360 hp and 343 lb-ft of torque. This power goes to all four wheels (in true Quattro fashion) via a six-speed manual transmission. There will be no automatic option, despite Australia getting a limited-edition, seven-speed S Tronic version. The U.S.-spec model requires only 4.1 seconds to hit 60 mph from standstill and the speedo’s needle is capable of pointing to 174 mph. There aren’t many things that could sway a Porsche Cayman S fan, but this is one of them.
2012 Audi TT RS - A Matter of Import