Audi has now answered many of the remaining questions about the hottest version of its 2+2 roadster -- including that the 2012 Audi TT RS Coupe will go on sale here later this summer and have a base price of $57,725. As Audi previously indicated, the TT RS will match a 360-horse/2.5-liter turbocharged inline-five with a six-speed manual transmission and the performance-tuned version of Quattro all-wheel drive.
The free-revving TFSI engine in the hot TT RS develops its maximum power between 5,500-6,700 rpm and makes 343 lb-ft of peak torque from 1,650-5,400 revs. Audi says that's good enough to send the 3,306-lb Audi TT RS rocketing from 0-60 mph in 4.1 seconds and carry it on to a 174-mph top end. Enthusiast-grade underpinnings on this first "RS-spec" Audi to make it to America include a sport-tuned suspension with the firm's dual-mode magnetic ride active variable shock absorbers, bigger front brakes and unique 19-inch lightweight rotor-design alloys wrapped in 255/35 performance tires.
In addition to its trick wheel/tire package, the 2012 Audi TT RS boasts a number of other exterior enhancements, including a gloss-black grille treatment, modified fascia with larger front air intakes, special body side sills, a functional rear wing, custom rear diffuser, oval exhaust outlets and matte-finish mirror housings. Inside, the well-appointed leather-covered cabin gains a host of RS specific tweaks, highlighted by a three-spoke multifunction sport steering wheel, 10-way power sport buckets, aluminum trim accents and "RS" logo door sill plates. To complement its long list of standard features, the 2012 Audi TT RS can be fitted with an impressive array of options, including Audi navigation plus with real time traffic, MMI inspired controls, a BOSE premium sound system and the Audi music interface.