TodayApril 16, 2022

The 2012 Audi TT RS on the race track with Stephan Reil

The TFSI engine is a joy to drive, on, or off the track. It sings, like an old song with melody, each gear a note, waiting to explode into a crescendo.

Stephen Reil is the head of the Audi Quattro division, with the pleasurable duty of overseeing thedevelopment of Audis quattro GmbH of the RS platform and the racing program.

Quattro is what Audi calls their all-wheel drive, but it’s more than an all-wheel drive. Reil can make a business case for each car that becomes part of the RS program.

The 2012 Audi TT RS, 2.5 liter turbocharged, in-line five-cylinder, spark-ignition engine with TFSI direct injection makes 360 horsepower and 343 lb-ft of torque. A 0-60 of 4.1 seconds is only the beginning of the joy you can feel when you drive this car, or, or off, the track. The six-speed manual is the only transmission available in the United States.

The two door coupe starts at $56,850. Add $875 shipping and handling. It is worth every penny.

Lou Ann Hammond

Lou Ann Hammond is the CEO of Carlist and Driving the Nation. She is the co-host of Real Wheels Washington Post carchat every Friday morning and is the Automotive, energy correspondent for The John Batchelor Show and a Contributor to Automotive Electronics magazine headquartered in Korea. Hammond is a founding member of the Women's World Car of the Year #WWCOTY, and board member of the Women in Automotive.