Audi US priced the 2012 TT RS at 56 850 -excluding destination charges, taxes, title, options and dealer charges.

It is powered by a 2.5 liter turbocharged five-cylinder TFSI engine with 360PS (265 kW) and 465Nm (343 lb-ft) between 1 650 and 5 400RPM. The engine comes with forged six-bearing crankshaft, weight optimized connection rods, sodium cooled exhaust valves and lightweight pistons with specifically adapted ring assembly.

The engine is mated to a six-speed manual transmission and quattro all-wheel drive as standard. 0 to 60 mph (96 km/h) takes just 4.1 seconds, so the 2012 TT-RS is the fastest in its class.

The suspension features magnetic ride, which constantly adapts to the current driving situation. A sport mode stiffens the magnetic ride, enhances throttle responsiveness, and activates a more striking engine sound via flaps in the exhaust system.

The aluminum and steel hybrid ASF® technology also found on the TT and TTS models, reduces weight while helping increase rigidity and safety. The total weight of the car is  1500 kg (3 306 lb) .

2012 Audi TT-RS

The exterior features high gloss black diamond-patterned Singleframe® grille and large front air inlets giving notice of the vehicles performance, as does the fixed rear wing spoiler that provides increased down force. There are also oval exhaust pipes, rear diffuser, unique 19" rotor wheels, prominent body sills and exterior mirror housings in matte aluminum finish round out the RS-specific design elements.

The interior boasts contoured 3-spoke sport multifunction steering wheel, aluminum door sills with the RS logo, and RS-specific interior door handles. Other interior features include 10-way power sport front seats with three-step heating, leather seat coverings, brushed aluminum interior inlays, and available LED ambient lighting.

The Audi TT RS offers electronic features one expects from Audi, including Audi concert radio with single CD player and MP3 reading capability, and AM / FM / SAT radio with a complimentary 3-month subscription to SiriusXM® Satellite Radio. Available advanced electronics offer an increased level of sophistication for the premium sports car, including technologies like Audi navigation plus with real time traffic, MMI® inspired controls, a BOSE® sound system, and Audi music interface.

The 2012 Audi TT RS is a unique car that will appeal to Audi enthusiasts and performance vehicle purists alike. The Audi TT RS goes on sale this summer.

Check out the specs, below!

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2012 Audi TT-RS Specifications:

ENGINE: Type: 2.5 liter turbocharged, in-line five-cylinder, spark-ignition engine with TFSI direct injection, four valves per cylinder, double overhead camshafts [DOHC], turbocharger with intercooler. Arrangement: Front mounted, transverse Bore: 3.25 in (82.5 mm) Stroke: 3.65 in (92.8 mm) Displacement: 151 / 3.25 / 3.65 (2480 / 82.5 x 92.8) Compression ratio: 10:01 Fuel: Unleaded Super, 95 RON (unleaded regular, 91 RON, as an alternative with slight reduction in performance) Horsepower (SAE): 360 hp @ 5,500 - 6,700 rpm (265 kW) Max. torque: 343 lb-ft @ 1,650 - 5,400 rpm (465 Nm)

ENGINE DESIGN: Cylinder block: Cast iron Cylinder head: Aluminum Valve train / intake: DOHC, 4 valves/cylinder

ELECTRICAL SYSTEM: Battery: 380 amp, 80 amp/hr Alternator: 140 amp

DRIVETRAIN: Transmission: 6-speed manual, fully synchronized Gear ratios: 1st      3.570 2nd     2.160 3rd     1.890 4th     1.430 5th     1.160 6th     0.097 Reverse     4.500

STEERING: Type: Eletromechanical steering with speed-dependent power assistance Ratio: 16.9 : 1 Turns (lock-to-lock): 2.9 Turning circle (curb-to-curb): 35.96 ft (10.96 m)

SUSPENSION: Front: MacPherson strut (gas charged) with aluminum 3-point lower control arm, aluminum sub frame, tubular anti roll bar, track stabilizing steering roll radius Rear: Four-link rear suspension with separate spring/shock absorber arrangement

BRAKES: Service brake: Dual-circuit brake system with diagonal split, ESC, hydraulic brake assistant, front and rear disc brakes ventilated Front size: 14.6 in (370 mm) Rear size: 12.2 in (310 mm) Parking brake: Mechanically actuated at the rear wheels

WHEELS (standard only): Size: Aluminum, 9Jx19

TIRES (standard only): Size: 255/35 R19 Y

BODY: Material: Hybrid ASF construction: Lightweight construction concept, which is a mixed construction using aluminum and steel Corrosion protection: Multi-step anti-corrosion protection

CAPACITIES: Engine oil: 6.9 qt (6.5 l) Fuel tank: 15.90 gal (60 l)

EXTERIOR DIMENSIONS: Wheelbase: 97.2 in (2,468 mm) Track front / rear: 61.2/ 60.9 in (1,555/ 1,546 mm) Overall length: 165.3 in (4,198 mm) Overall width: w/o mirrors 72.5 in (1,842 mm) Height: 53.1 in (1,348 mm) Curb weight, quattro: 3306 lb (1500 kg) Drag coefficient: 0.32

INTERIOR DIMENSIONS: Seating capacity: 2 + 2 Head room front / rear: 37.7/ 32.6 in (957/ 829 mm) Shoulder room front / rear: 53.2/ 47.5 in (1,352/ 1,206 mm) Leg room front / rear: 41.1/ 29.3 in (1,044/ 743 mm) Int. vol. (EPA) front / rear: 47.7/ 26.2 cu ft Luggage capacity standard / seats folded: 13.1/ 24.7 cu ft (290/ 700 l) PERFORMANCE: 0-60 mph 4.1 Top speed 174 mph

EFFICIENCY/ENVIRONMENT: EPA estimate: City mpg: Not available at present time Highway mpg: Not available at present time Combined mpg: Not available at present time

Source: Audi US