Audi TT RS makes North American debut at Chicago Auto Show

10 Feb

By Matt McCarron

After initially making it’s world debut at the Geneva Auto Show in March 2010, the Audi TT RS was thought to only be destined for the European market, much like its larger and more powerful cousin, the Audi RS6. However, like most everything in life, things change. This allowed the TT RS to travel across the vast Atlantic ocean and be available to the U.S. market. This decision, which should only help boost Audi’s status in the United States, and has made enthusiasts of the “four rings” quite pleased.

Audi TT RS: Courtesy of Audi USA

The TT RS made its first official debut in North America yesterday, Feb. 9, at the 2011 Chicago Auto Show. The TT RS will be the newest addition to a pair of two-seaters currently available to the U.S. market, those being the standard Audi TT and sportier and nimbler TTS. Under the hood of the TT RS will be one extra cylinder, making this engine a 5-cylinder rather than the 4-cylinder in the other variants of the TT. The TT RS features a 2.5-liter 5-cylinder engine which produces an estimated 340 horsepower. This is a completely different engine than the 2.0-liter turbo-charged 4-cylinder,  which produces 265 horsepower.

The Audi TT RS will become available for purchase in late summer 2011. However, if you wish to get your hands on this petit German beauty you better act quickly. Under 1000 units will be produced for the U.S. market. The vehicle is expected to be priced around low-$60,000 range.

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