By Drew Johnson
Friday, Jul 8th, 2011 @ 1:49 pm

We first learned that Audi was sending over its hottest TT RS late last year, and now the German automaker has finally announced U.S. pricing for the turbocharged two-door.

When the TT RS hits U.S. Audi dealers later this year, it will arrive with a sticker price of $56,850. Although that may seem a little pricey considering the base car lists from just $38,300, the TT RS promises enough performance to support that premium.

The U.S.-spec TT RS will arrive with a 360 horsepower version of Audi's turbocharged 2.5L five-cylinder, trumping the car's European counterpart by 25 horses. Torque will be rated at an equally stout 343 lb-ft.

The TT RS will be available exclusively with a six-speed manual transmission, sending power to all-four wheels via Audi's Quattro all-wheel drive system. The sprint from 0-60 should take a mere 4.1 seconds.

In addition to its added performance, the TT RS will also offer buyers some unique design elements. The car will come standard with a black front grille, bigger air intakes, Audi's signature RS oval exhaust pipes and unique 19-inch wheels.

The TT RS is scheduled to arrive on dealer lots during the third quarter and will be available in both coupe and convertible configurations.