In order to satisfy the American sports car enthusiast, Audi announced that the 360-horsepower TT RS coupe is scheduled to arrive in U.S. dealerships by the third quarter of 2011.

The introduction of the Audi TT RS to the U.S. market has been under consideration for several months. To gauge consumer passion for the high-performance car, Audi launched an innovative survey on its Facebook tab. After more than 11,500 fans expressed their enthusiasm for the Audi TT RS in just one month, and the American automotive media praised its dynamics, Audi executives concluded the car’s time had come.

"With performance and agility rooted in Audi motorsports success, the TT RS is truly an emotional sports car," explained Johan de Nysschen, President, Audi of America. "That emotion became abundantly clear as we explored interest across the country."

Only the coupe version will be available with Audi yet to determine pricing for the TT RS headed for America as they continue to define features and options only available to U.S consumers. The American version will share the same key performance attributes of the models sold in Europe and elsewhere. The car will be equipped with the same 2.5 liter TFSI 5-cylinder engine that produces 360-horsepower with 333 lb-ft of torque. The TT RS is paired with a six-speed manual transmission, quattro all-wheel drive for an impressive 0-60 mph time of 4.6 seconds.

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