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For Sale: My Big Turbo 8J Audi TTRS

Well folks, the time has come – my 2012 Audi TTRS is officially for sale!

Why, you may ask?

I have a child on the way, and while this TTRS has served me well for the last three and a half years, it would not make for a great baby hauler…and living in a popular (and expensive) area of San Diego, keeping it as a weekend car isn’t a very viable option.

My hope is to find an enthusiast who will enjoy the car as much as I did, and finds the modifications desirable and want the car as-is.

At this time, I’m not entertaining any offers on parts except for the custom forged HRE wheels which I have listed on Audizine and Facebook.

That being said, whoever buys this car is getting a great value with a mere 41,500 miles on the clock and a no expense spared build list.

Key highlights:

  • Full motor build with upgraded internals, big turbo kit and upgraded clutch done by Iroz Motorsports in March 2019 at an expense of $11K; dyno proven gains show a little over 500 whp!
  • Just 7K miles since the motor build and a mere 41.5K on the chassis and rest of the car – extremely low mileage for a 2012
  • Fully documented service history with every receipt while owned. Recent PPI confirmed no outstanding issues and recent maintenance in 2020 includes oil change, spark plugs, battery and new intake manifold cover.
  • Car has a Xpel Clear Bra over entire front clip, is fully ceramic coated, and has a recently resprayed bottom splitter and side skirt to remove any scraping on underside of car – exterior is a 9.5/10
  • Unique and tasteful mods including custom built, forged HREs, Euro Recaro sportbacks, 034 Motorsport handling mods, MSS Kits springs, and much more (see full mod list here).

The car has been meticulously maintained, always garaged (both work and home are indoor garages) and lived its entire life in the Southwest with no exposure to snow, salt, or anything but sunshine and occasional rain.

That being said below I’ll go into more detail about everything you should know before inquiring or making an offer!

Engine & Mechanical Condition

Dyno sheet showing power outputs on Ethanol blend and 91 octanes, respectively

This is where the car is really special.

In March 2019 a full teardown and rebuild of the engine was conducted by famed five cylinder tuning shop Iroz Motorsports in Las Vegas.

As you can see in the dyno sheet above it now does 500.2 WHP and 503.7 FT/LB of torque, although this was before the downpipes and exhaust were modified so the actual figure is larger with these mods installed (check with your local laws, however this car recently passed smog and is fully CA legal as it sits now).

The build took nearly six months to complete due to how backlogged Iroz is with new projects; to recreate this build you should expect to pay $11,468.48 and take approximately 4-6 months to complete. You can see the receipt here.

The motor build included a bored block, custom Mahle pistons, IE connecting rods, ACL rod bearings, ARP studs, a Xona Rotor Hybrid 600 turbo kit, Autotech HPFP, Sachs Clutch, Forge Motorsport Race Intercooler, and United Motorsport tune.

Being built at Iroz Motorsports in Las Vegas

Since the rebuild a mere 7,000 miles have been put on the car without a single issue. In my opinion this is long enough to bring any issues to bear, but not so long that the motor isn’t near-new. I have checked for oil consumption religiously and have never even had to top off the oil, something that is fairly common for built engines.

The tune is by United Motorsport and can be adapted via VAG-COM for 91, 93 or E35 Ethanol blend depending on what’s available where you live. For an additional cost I can include a VAG-COM to switch the tune, or switch it for you myself prior to the new owner taking delivery to the ethanol and max boost settings of your choice. The tune also features launch control (never used by me, but it’s there if you want it), no lift shift (also never used), and on-going updates from any UM dealer.

You can also find documentation from Iroz on recommended oil and maintenance for the kit attached here. I have changed the oil every 3K miles using their recommended oil and replaced the spark plugs last month so that the engine was ready for its new owner.

Removed from the car but included in purchase is a set of secondary cat bypass pipes that were removed for the car to pass CA Smog.

The engine was recently inspected by North County Independent Audi & VW and confirmed to have a clean bill of health.

In addition to a new battery, spark plugs, and oil change, the intake manifold cover was replaced due to a small vacuum leak.

Exterior Condition & Modifications

On the exterior, the car is a 9.5 out of 10.

There no noticeable flaws or defects as I recently had the lower front splitter resprayed along with the driver’s side side skirt to remove damage on the underside.

The front end was clear bra’d using Xpel which cost a little over $1,500 and is holding up well other than some tearing in the front. I chose to leave it on since it was still protecting the car but if it bothers you then I can look into getting it replaced at an additional cost.

The entire car was paint corrected and ceramic coated when I took ownership at 20K miles and has been pampered. I’m a former detailer by trade and took meticulous care of this car.

Additional modifications include clear corners and a carbon fiber rear badge. OSIR carbon fiber rear valance and wing are available for an additional cost.

Suspension & Wheels

The car is pictured with 19×9 HRE P47SC wheels recently refinished by HRE in brushed dark clear. The refinish cost $1,400 and included new center caps, removal of any curb rash, roadforce balance, and ensuring the wheels were completely true and straight. These wheels were $6,400 when purchased new and were built specifically for the TTRS platform, although fit many Audi/VW models including the A3/S3/RS3, Golf R, and many others.

The wheels are shod in Michelin Pilot Sport tires. They have approximately 6/32nds of tread left and have a manufacture date of late 2016 so they should ideally be replaced within the next year but still have enough life to get by for a while before it becomes urgent.

When the wheels were refinished I also refinished the calipers, ceramic coated both the wheels and calipers, and added titanium lug bolts to totally update all four corners.

Additional wheel options include the stock wheels (included) or a set of 18×9 Fifteen52 Turbomac wheels which were purchased for use at the track or auto-x (this car was tracked only once however).

Additionally, the brakes have been thoroughly upgraded including Girodisc two-piece rotors (almost $3K new and less than 10K miles on them), EBC Red Stuff pads (way less dust!), stainless steel lines, and extra brake dusting…I also painted them red for style points.

Suspension modifications include

The underside is also very clean as the car has never really been driven in snow or adverse conditions, with a picture above to demonstrate.

Stock parts are included in the sale including springs, rotors, pads, sway bar, shifter cable bushings and even the brake lines, although I have no idea why you’d replace the latter!

Interior Condition and Modifications

The interior of this car is relatively stock. I have added oCarbon dash trim throughout the car, but the rest of my mods have been reverted back to stock.

Luckily the OEM interior on this car is quite lovely, as Audi has always been known for nailing it with their timeless interiors.

Followers of this blog will note at one point I had OEM European Recaro Wingbacks installed, but they were sold privately. The car will come with the factory seats that were treated in CQuartz leather treatment. The bolsters are in great shape and have minimal wear.

I have also returned to the factory radio/navigation unit (RNS-E II) as the aftermarket Xtrons system crapped out after about six months of use.

The most important part of the interior, of course, is that lovely six speed manual. Good luck finding that in most cars anymore!

Asking Price & Options

Okay enough about the car already – how much ya want?

My asking price is $39,500 FIRM with everything included – three sets of wheels and all stock parts.

If the buyer desires only the stock wheels, I will sell the car for $37,000.

In this mileage and condition the KBB value of the car is $31,575 to $35,643, then add approximately $25K of modifications and a fresh motor build a price of around $37,000-$39,500 is a great value.

If you check out other TTRSs on CarGurus, Autotrader, etc. similar mileage TTRS are listed in the high 30s or even low 40s with not nearly as well of a service history, modification and maintenance records.

To inquire, please email me at nick.roshon@gmail.com

Please note price is firm for now – I placed a feeler ad on Facebook a few weeks ago and got multiple people interested, so I’m confident this will sell at my asking price to the right buyer, and I have time to be patient and find the right home for this car I’ve enjoyed so much.

More Pics!

In no particular order, here are tons of pictures over the years. Please note in some pictures there are modifications that might have been changed or refinished.

Nick Roshon

Nick has been an Audi owner and fanatic for the last 10 years, and started Nick's Car Blog in 2009 to share DIYs and pictures of his A4. Currently he drives a 2012 Audi TT-RS, and has previously owned a B7 S4, B7 A4, and an 82 Audi Coupe (GT) LeMons race car. In his day job, Nick is a digital marketer and lives in San Diego, CA, USA.


  1. Always selling the cleanest of cars, Nick. Wish I had the means to pickup your S4 when you were getting rid of it.
    Best of luck with selling the TTRS, one of, if not THE, cleanest, and best modified TTRS out there!

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