The 2012 Audi TT RS has an interesting history. For several years, it was only available in European markets; however, a petition signed by 11,000 Americans convinced the automaker to bring the vehicle to the United States this year, and it is available in a very limited market. Audi estimates that about 1,000 of these vehicles will be sold stateside in the next two years.

The 2012 Audi TT RS is the most powerful version of the TT line so far. The unusual five-cylinder engine is turbocharged and offers 360 horsepower, far more than most TT models. Manual six-speed transmission is the only option available on the TT RS at this time. The TT RS also has a lower ride height than its sister models and offers “sticky tires” for a truly sumptuous ride and unparalleled handling.

How much is the Audi TT RS?

The 2012 Audi TT RS will retail for around $60,000, which some critics feel is a steep price even for such upgraded performance. This price is $18,000 over the TT Coupe and even more than comparable BMW models such as the 1 Series M. Only one trim model is available, but it is inclusive of many standard features.

The 2012 Audi TT RS is considered a two-by-two sports coupe, although rear seat space is limited. The TT RS has standard 19-inch alloy wheels with summer tires, along with a Sport button program which controls throttle, xenon headlights and running lights, automatic wipers and heated side mirrors. The exclusive and sophisticated exterior package gives the TT RS a look unlike any of Audi’s other models.

The interior of the 2012 Audi TT RS is no less stunningly appointed. Automatic climate control, ten-way power seats, standard leather upholstery, cruise control, auto-dimming mirror, Bluetooth connectivity, and a premium sound system with nine speakers, CD player, satellite radio and auxiliary hookup give the 2012 Audi TT RS one of the finest interiors in its class. An optional Tech program adds real-time traffic navigation system, iPod® connectivity, premium Bose® sound system, a rear parking senor and adaptive headlights. The interior is designed with a total of 13 cubic feet of cargo space which expands to 24 cubic feet with the seats lowered.

Audi TT RS Safety

As with all Audi models, safety features have been incorporated that will probably give the TT RS one of the highest safety ratings in the class when it is assessed by American organizations. It is likely that this Audi will rank very highly in front, side, and rollover safety crash tests when the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration officially test the model, which will probably be sometime in 2012. Until then, buyers will be pleased to know that the 2012 Audi TT RS incorporates anti-lock brakes, hill-hold assist, electronic traction control and electronic stability control, and both thorax and knee front airbags.

While no data is yet available for the reliability of the 2012 Audi TT RS, the likelihood is that it will rank similarly to the TT models that preceded it. This means that it will have middle-to-good ratings by a rating entity like J. D. Power and Associates. Repair costs for the Audi models tend to be somewhat higher than for American luxury or sports cars, but comparable to other European sports sedans, coupes, and convertibles.

How much is car insurance for the Audi TT RS?

Quotes for insurance on the Audi TT RS are not available at this point due to the recent introduction of the model. The Audi TT Quattro Prestige averages $1,790 per year for automobile insurance coverage, and it is reasonable to assume that the TT RS will exceed this price due to its higher initial cost and specialized repair parts. The BMW 1 Series M averages $2,013 per year for insurance, and even the Porsche Cayman, which is close to the initial price range for the Audi TT RS, costs only $1,968 per year on average to insure. It is likely that cost to insure the Audi TT RS will fall somewhere in this price range.

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