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While Audi has already confirmed that the 2012, five-cylinder, 340 horsepower DIN TT RS will be on display at the Geneva show this year (our version of which, shown above, is rated at 360 hp SAE and teamed only with a six-speed manual); the Ingolstadt automaker is also planning to release a more hardcore performance version, the TT RS Plus.
Rumors of this car surfaced last year and from what we gather, it’ll get a power hike of at least 20 hp, plus some special features designed to save weight. These include a fixed rear wing, special alloy wheels and removal of the rear seats, which are likely to shave mass by 132 lbs (60 kg).
As to what transmissions and other features the TT RS Plus will offer, mum’s currently the word, though expect it to be offered in coupe form only and Audi’s six-speed manual gearbox to make the cut, in keeping with the weight saving, simplistic theme. Stay tuned for further developments as we edge closer to the Geneva show.
The eagerly anticipated Audi TT RS is on its way to North America and U.S pricing has finally been announced. When it hits dealers later this year it will be priced from $56,850.
This may seem like an extraordinary amount compared to the base model selling for $38,300 but the RS promises enough performance to support the premium. The TT RS will crank out 360-hp and 343 lb-ft of torque from a turbocharged 2.5-liter five-cylinder engine. The Audi will be offered exclusively with a six-speed manual transmission coupled to the quattro all-wheel drive system. The TT RS can go from 0-62 mph in 4.1 seconds, sporting bigger air intakes, RS oval exhaust pipes and unique 19-inch rims. The Audi will hit dealer lots during the third quarter and will be available as either a coupe or convertible.
On sale in Europe for over a year, the TT-RS will get a power bump from 340-hp to around 360-hp for the U.S. market from the 2.5-liter turbocharged 5-cylinder engine. The increased output is due to some ECU retuning and will also be carried over to Euro-spec models.
So far, only a six-speed manual will be available and the incredible Recaro seats, as expected, will not be offered here.
Sales of the car are set to begin this summer with Audi claiming a starting price in the low $60,000 range. But with just 1,000 units being offered, you may have to already be in line to get one.
GALLERY: Audi TT-RS
[Source: Car & Driver]