The Audi RS4
It’s about time we do an Audi so today we are going to go over the B8 RS4. This is the top model in Audi’s A4 line and is a performance oriented model. This model in particular ran from 2012 to 2015.
The RS4 is a car that based on the A4 line up. This is Audi’s mid-size executive sedan range that competes with the BMW 3 series and the Mercedes C Class.
Straight into the highlight of the car is the engine. It is a very high revving 4.2L V8 that produces 331kW (444hp) of power and 430Nm of torque. It revs all the way up to a massive 8500rpm! For its size, that is a lot of power it makes. It is described by Jeremy Clarkson as ‘one of the best engines ever made’.
This screaming power goes through a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission and, like all fast Audi’s, drive is sent to all four wheels via their Quattro system. Although AWD, up to 85% of this torque can go to the rear so skids up people! With this, it can get from 0-100kmh in 4.7 seconds.
This model was only available in an Avant body style which is Audi speak for a wagon. There is huge practicality with this and options such as a towbar, roof racks, dog closures can also be bought. Being a wagon, the boot size is huge and will fit almost anything that you can through at it. Fast does not necessarily mean unpractical.
The wheels on these Audi’s are big 20’’ rims wrapped in 265 wide tyres. There are multiple options here but personally, my favourite ones are the ones in the cars above.
Being an RS model, Audi’s signature oval exhaust tips are in place. While these are actually [cough] fake [cough], it does mean they do stay shiny and don’t get dirty carbon all on them.
The interior has been oriented around the driver with the centre stack pointing towards you and a thick, flat bottom steering wheel to hold on to with paddle shifters. As you can see in the interior shot, the red lining starts at over 8000rpm. This is at the point where most normal cars tachometer finishes.
There are big bucket seats which wrap around you and hold you in place as you are flying around the corners. Real carbon fibre is scattered around the cabin to help give it a sportier appearance and help give you a big vibe that you are driving something special.
There is so much standard equipment included but there are always costly options that you may wish. One of them being an excellent sound system that can be upgraded further. But let’s be honest here, you want to listen to that engine, not the audio.
By today’s standards, the infotainment screen is a little small, but still displays all the information you could want such as navigation and your car mode set up specification. On the updated models, the screens are now far bigger.
With the new B9 RS4 about to be released just around the corner, we have said goodbye to another naturally aspirated V8 as the new one will adopt a twin turbo V6 setup – just like the original RS4. There will be no more high revs or screaming sound but it will be faster.
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