Marking the return of the Audi RS line to the American performance car scene, the first 2012 Audi TT RS coupe sportscar in the U.S. has just been delivered to veteran race car driver Don Istook by the Forth Worth Audi dealership in Texas. How did this happen?
Well, it all started when more than 11,500 fans who have signed the Audi TT RS Facebook petition drive last year, and there was one fans – Dan Istook – that convinced the German automaker to bring the 360-hp coupe to the U.S.; and he is the lucky man who will get the first US delivery for 2012 Audi TT RS.
The Texan also has an interesting history of his time spent behind the wheel. He was also one of the first drivers to race an Audi Quattro in the U.S. in 1985 and he drove Audi S4 models in the Motorola Cup, which later became the Grand-Am Cup. More recently he has raced Audi TT quattro coupes, and soon he will be driving the 2012 Audi TT RS coupe sportscar.
“Having raced at almost every major track in the U.S. and Canada, I’ve pushed the limits in many cars in my 34 years as a race car driver,” Istook said. “I like my street car to give me some of that thrill. With my new 2012 Audi TT RS coupe sportscar, I not only get that thrill, but I also get that ‘race car’ sound.”
Under the hood of the 2012 Audi TT RS coupe sportscar lies a 2.5-liter turbocharged five-cylinder TFSI engine developing 360 hp and 343 lb-ft of torque. Pricing starts at $56,850 (excluding $875 destination charges, taxes, title, options and dealer charges).
“For the past few years, American sports car enthusiasts have pleaded with us to make the marquee available here. With the 2012 Audi TT RS coupe sportscar, we are now furthering the Audi performance story that includes models from the Audi S4 to the new Audi R8 GT,” said Johan de Nysschen, President, Audi of America.
The 2012 Audi TT RS coupe sportscar will be accompanied by Audi RS5 sometime next year to win the heart of US customers.