The Audi RS line is coming back to the United States and the first model to come from the high-performance line is the 2012 Audi TT RS. The first Audi TT RS was sold by Forth Worth Audi in Texas to veteran race car driver Don Istook.
In 2012, more than 11,500 fans signed a petition on Facebook to bring the Audi TT RS to the United States. Istook was one of them but he also has a special connection with the TT than others. He 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.
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“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.”
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Refresher: Power for the 2012 Audi TT RS comes from an outstanding 2.5 liter turbocharged 4-cylinder TFSI direct-injection engine making 360-hp between 5,500 – 6,700 rpm with a maximum torque of 343 lb-ft between 1,650 – 5,400 rpm. Mated exclusively to a 6-speed manual transmission (thank god no automatic option is available), the 2012 Audi TT RS goes from 0 to 60 mph in just 4.1 seconds with a top speed of 174 mph. Prices start at $56,850.
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