Swayed by more than 11,500 signatures on a Facebook campaign, Audi of America has decided to market a hot performance version of its TT coupe.
The TT RS will go on sale in the United States in the third-quarter of next year, Audi said today.
Audi's month-long “Bring it to the U.S.!” Facebook petition was a factor in the decision because many of those who signed the petition would likely be buyers, Audi said.
“With performance and agility rooted in Audi motorsports success, the TT RS is truly an emotional sports car,” Johan de Nysschen, president of Audi of America, said in a statement. “That emotion became abundantly clear as we explored interest across the country.”
Prices have not been determined.
The RS will only be available as a coupe. The TT is also available as a convertible. The base TT retails for $38,625 with destination charges; and the current 2010 TTS Coupe 2.0 TFSI quattro S Tronic Prestige lists at $51,950.
The TT RS car will be powered by a 2.5-liter turbocharged five-cylinder engine with 360 hp. Audi said the engine was “developed exclusively” for the TT RS.