Although the Audi TT RS was not originally intended to see our shores, Audi of America is hoping to generate sufficient consumer interest in this hottest-of-the-line model to convince parent company Audi AG that it does indeed belong in dealer showrooms here. To that end, it's posted a petition on Facebook and is requesting that members of the popular social networking site who'd also like to see the ultimate TT iteration make the transatlantic trek head over to the Facebook page and let their desires be known.
Signing this electronic petition is a totally non-binding exercise and Audi of America has not indicated exactly how many signatures ultimately might be required to sway Audi AG into a rethink of its original decision. However, the fact that the petition exists at all is at least an encouraging sign there's still room for hope this more-affordable alternative to the Porsche Cayman S will one day become more than just a Euro-only offering.
A formidable step beyond the 2011 model Audi TTS Coupe and Roadster that will arrive here in the fall, the TT RS swaps Audi's admittedly potent 2.0-liter turbocharged direct-injected four-cylinder that makes 265 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque for a 2.5-liter turbocharged inline-five that churns out 340 ponies and 332 lb-ft of peak twist. Although both TT variants feature the automaker's legendary Quattro all-wheel drive, the TTS changes gears through a six-speed S-tronic dual-clutch automated manual transmission while the TT RS is fitted with a seven-speed version that helps trim the 0-60 mph time for the Coupe model from 4.9 seconds to about 4.6 ticks. Toss in its even badder-boy bodywork and tricker suspension, and it would seem like saying yes to the TT RS is a no-brainer; but only time will tell how Audi of America's exercise in automotive democracy plays out.