Audi RS4: The Best RS Yet? - XCAR
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Audi's quite a greedy company when you think about it. Not only has it
cornered the market on 4WD fun, but it's also got the whole 'subtle
brutality' thing down as well. The new RS4 is a perfect combination of
Audi's got form when it comes to fast estates -- 1994's RS2 was the firm's
first and was pretty cool. Co-developed with Porsche, it could hit 30mph faster than a McLaren F1.
That's... quite something, isn't it?
From then on Audi's portfolio of RS cars has been pretty impressive. The
first generation RS4 came around the turn of the century while its follow
up appeared (in saloon, convertible AND estate forms) in the middle of the
decade. Both RS4s were celebrated for being both incredibly practical and
entertaining to drive -- as such they hold their value irritatingly well.
This latest RS4 is, like its grandfathers, chuffing brilliant. Some have
criticised it for being a touch too aggressive, but they forget that most
people won't notice its angry looks. They'll pass it off as 'another German
car' or simply not notice at all. Well, that is until it moves because the
noise it puts out it simply incredible.
Its 4.2-litre V8 sounds, frankly, filthy. Unencumbered by turbochargers and other torque-Boosting, MPG stroking toys, it's a work of
sheer mechanical brilliance. 444bhp pours out of it and hurls you from zero
to 62mph in just 4.7seconds. That kind of acceleration from a car that
looks comparatively sedate is a little disconcerting. With the optional top
speed restriction increase you can set the RS4's top speed to 174mph.
That's a thing that simply shouldn't be. But I'm glad it is. Especially
when you throw in some rather entertaining handling...
The RS4 and cars of its ilk are wonderful examples of car companies doing
things because... why not? Audi has a 444bhp V8, why not stuff it under the
hood of a small family estate? What's the worst that can happen? People
decide they don't want to combine the banality of every day driving with a
massive engine!? Do you honestly think that'll ever happen? I don't.
Neither, thankfully, does Audi.
Long live the RS cars and their ridiculousness. Long live silly power in
subtle (ish) packages. Long live Germans having fun.
Engine: 4.2-litre V8
Torque: 317lb ft
Top speed: 174mph (with optional limiter raise, normally 155mph)
Written/Presented: Alex Goy
Shot by: Nick Wilkinson and Nick Payne
Edited by: Greg Barnes
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