Month: September 2010

It’s Confirmed: The Audi TT RS is Coming to the States

After tons of speculation and confusion, Audi finally officially confirmed they will be bringing the high-powered TT RS to the United States. Initially, the car was set to be a model only sold overseas. What changed their minds? After putting up a poll on their Facebook page, Audi had more than 11,500 US-based people express interest in the car in the first month. Chances of 10,000 of them being wide-eyed teenagers just wanting to see one on the road? Pretty damn high, probably, but I think the car will do well over here. “With performance and agility rooted in Audi motorsports success, the TT RS is truly an emotional sports car,” explained Johan de Nysschen, President, Audi of America. “That emotion became abundantly clear as we explored interest across the country.” There will, of course, be a few changes between the model bound for the US and models across the sea, but the most important bits remain – a turbocharged 2.5-liter five-cylinder engine producing an impressive 360 horsepower and 332 lb-ft of torque. The standard transmission Audi claims for the car is a six-speed manual, although I’m sure they’ll fit it with an optional Rtronic gearbox as well, considering a good portion of wimpy American drivers don’t even know how to drive a stick. What a shame – I’m sure the manual tranny in this car is flawless. Zero...

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MTM’s V-Cantronic Audi RS5

You just drop 72000 Euros (~$92,000 USD) on a brand new Audi RS5 Coupe with a 4.2 liter V8 capable of nearly 450 hp. With the first 10 minutes, you find out that Audi limited the top speed to 155 mph (or 174 mph if you ask nicely.) Enough speed for most? Probably, but you want more. You want to squeeze every last drop of power out of this car you can, so you take it over to MTM’s studio in Germany (or any of their official partner shops.) Drop it off, go pick up your dry cleaning, come back, and MTM’s added their V-Cantronic device, which removes the factory speed limiter to 303 km/h (about 188 mph.) That’s more like it. The entire process? About an hour and 1499 Euros ($1925 USD or so.) Yup, it’s expensive, but you just dropped nearly $100,000 for a car – you can afford it. If you have a little more patience (and around 3000 Euros,) you can have MTM install their custom stainless steel exhaust for the RS5, adding a new sound, new look, and a little more performance. They also have an adjustable-height suspension in the works. Those wheels you see in the images above and below? Those are MTM’s 9-spoke Bimono rims, available in 19, 20, or 21-inch varieties. Cost for those? 2249 Euros, or around $2900 USD for...

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