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02-21-2005, 04:28 PM
New dimensions in driving dynamics combined with innovative ideas and concepts – and, in addition, exciting lines and a level of equipment living up to even the highest luxury performance standards: The new Audi RS 4 combines the latest high-performance motoring qualities offered by quattro GmbH in a thoroughbred sports saloon with supreme everyday driving qualities in the premium segment. Indeed, the new RS 4 is the top-of-the-range model in the A4 series, a development all-new from the ground up.

Numerous technical achievements – many of which hail from motorsport – give the new Audi RS 4 its unique class and character. These features include the high engine speed concept now being introduced for the first time in a production Audi, innovative FSI technology, as well as the latest generation of quattro drive with asymmetric/dynamic distribution of torque. Developing a maximum output of 420 bhp, the V8 revs up to a speed of 8250 rpm. With its displacement of 4163 cc, this outstanding engine exceeds the magical barrier of 100 bhp per litre truly outstanding in a production saloon. Maximum torque of 430 Nm comes at 5500 rpm in this very compact engine, with 90 per cent of the engine’s torque consistently available between 2250 and 7600 rpm. The result is excellent muscle and pulling force at all times, enabling the driver whenever he – or she – wishes to drive in truly relaxed style without frequent gear changes.










Audi has chosen its trendsetting and groundbreaking FSI technology for the RS 4 saloon, direct gasoline injection ensuring even more effective combustion of the fuel/air mixture and, as a result, an even better power yield. This is matched by the highly responsive development of power, the RS 4 accelerating to 100 km/h in 4.8 seconds and reaching 200 km/h in 16.6 seconds. Top speed is cut off electron-ically at 250 km/h.

Audi’s FSI technology has already proven its qualities impressively in Audi’s four-time Le Mans winner, the Audi R8.

A further essential point in the brief given to Audi’s development engineers was to optimise the car’s power-to-weight ratio, avoiding every superfluous gram on the Audi RS 4. Accordingly, virtually every component was checked and cross-checked for minimum weight. The front wheel arches and the engine compartment lid are therefore made of aluminium, just like most components on the chassis and suspension. The specially designed RS bucket seats, in turn, are not only very light, but also offer extremely good body support in every situation.

The result is a power-to-weight ratio of just 3.93 kilos per bhp – a figure truly reminiscent of a thoroughbred sports car, which would not even have been conceiv-able just a few years ago in a midrange saloon.

New generation of quattro driveDesign

The RS 4 features racing technology in civilian clothes. While many of its features look similar to the new Audi A4, the RS 4 is far more than just a “fast” derivative of Audi’s highly successful midrange saloon. Quite simply because the car is an almost entirely brand-new development tailored to the highest performance requirements.

The single-frame radiator grille, the rear section with the distinctly horizontal orientation of the car’s lines, and the side surfaces with the shoulder line plastically filling in the car’s contours, all prove that the RS 4 is a member of the A4 family. However, the radiator grille in diamond look, the additional air intake scoops in the front section, as well as the wheels developed specifically for the RS 4, clearly set the car aside from a “normal” Audi A4.

The newly designed rear air dam encompassing two extra-large tailpipes as well as the discreet but highly effective spoiler integrated in the luggage compartment lid and the rear side panels all bear clear testimony to the saloon’s dynamic driving potential also in terms of their looks. Compared with the Audi A4, the entire body of the car has been lowered by 30 millimetres. And at the same time the development engineers at quattro GmbH have widened the car’s track both front and rear. At the end of the day, however, all these modifications to the body of the car are significant not only in terms of design, but also above all in terms of function.

Inside, the RS 4 combines the straightforward function of a sports car with the luxurious ambience so typical of all Audi models. The dominating materials are leather, aluminium, and carbon. But at the same time the RS 4 comes with all the additional qualities so typical of a genuine sports car.

This superiority becomes clear immediately when you take your seats in the car: The RS bucket seats with their high side sections provide excellent support. A further feature of these bucket seats is the control button on each seat for inflating the side support elements adjusting perfectly to the driver’s anatomy. The sports steering wheel tapering down at the bottom and the engine starter button on the centre console, in turn, are also clearly reminiscent of motorsport, just like the aluminium pedals.

You start the engine of the Audi RS 4 by pressing the starter button housed conveniently in the centre console right next to the driver. Pressing the sports button in the steering wheel, in turn, the driver is able to modify the gas pedal control map, giving the engine even sharper and more direct response.

Features and Equipment

Driving the Audi RS 4 means driving a sports car without making any concessions. Right from the start, therefore, the RS 4 comes with virtually all the features already boasted by the Audi A4. Apart from a wide range of advanced safety components, this also means high-comfort automatic air conditioning, central locking with remote control, and electric window lifts at the front. Further features of the RS 4 include the acoustic parking system at the front and rear, the Concert radio system, as well as sports suspension with variable damper control (DRC). Furthermore, the purchaser of an Audi RS 4 can also opt for a particularly high standard of comfort amenities such as Audi’s navigation system plus or dynamic adaptive light headlights literally guiding the driver round bends in the road.

02-21-2005, 04:47 PM
Does this car have the RS6 engine or is it a beefed up version of the S4?

02-21-2005, 04:53 PM
Good lawd! I think I'm in luv!!!

02-21-2005, 04:53 PM
it's a WHOLE NEW MOTOR...the 4.2L V8 FSI

02-21-2005, 05:02 PM

02-21-2005, 05:21 PM
Originally posted by Saturnine


Richard 350z
02-21-2005, 05:53 PM
So engine is normally aspirated?

Backing into it, the curb weight is 3,631 lbs. or nearly 200 lbs. less than the B6 S4. But this car has got to be $60,000 in the USA.

Nice. [:D] [rs4]

02-21-2005, 05:56 PM
Originally posted by alen

3rd.... im in love. i need one... badly.

02-21-2005, 05:56 PM
wow. just...wow

02-21-2005, 06:02 PM
There are an awful lot of parts of this car that A4 and S4 owners are going to want... [:)]

02-21-2005, 06:10 PM
That car is AMAZING!!! I want one, but the expected price tag is like $75,000 which is juuust a little more than I could spend. Can't wait to see these things tearing up our freeways.

02-21-2005, 06:34 PM
Unbelievable...what a machine.

02-21-2005, 06:46 PM
It's very nice but I think we're done with seeing very highly modded high hp Audi's from the A4 model line. With the whole FSI thing they're runing some software that's very difficult to crack and improve on and with this new NA RS4 at over 100hp per litre, the factory has squeezed out just about all the performance they can out of the engine and there isn't much room for aftermarket improvement.

I really doubt you'll see a b7 break 500hp.

I guess I just feel bad for the guy who gets edged out in his brand new rs4 by a stage 3 b5 s4.

02-21-2005, 06:54 PM
Forgot to mention, I'm very upset that Audi decided to release details on an RS4 sedan before an Avant, let alone they're even producing a sedan version at all! [mad]

Supply, demand, and money I suppose...

And about the B7s engine being tunable, European tuners have already cracked the code and are putting out some pretty decent numbers with software alone. Sure the new RS4's engine is pretty well maxed out, like the M3s and M5s are, but hell I'd be happy with 420 fully warrantied horses under my hood.

02-21-2005, 07:00 PM
well there's going to be some body mods considering the fendres are flared out you're going to do some bumper magice to get them to fit on the b7 A4/S4 the rear spoiler looks formed into the body.

02-21-2005, 07:10 PM
I want those wheels. Screw it! I want the car...

02-21-2005, 07:26 PM
The wheels are basically rip offs of HRE 840r's so you can buy basically the same thing right now.

02-21-2005, 07:32 PM
yah but these wheels are OE and they are forged...and i'm sorry to say HRE's aren't unique anymore to me

02-21-2005, 08:06 PM
very very hot car. the sport button on the steering wheel confuses me.

because you can adjust the fuel mapping or something to make it more responsive...? is this just a meter kind of, that is like 1=econ. 10=sporty to the max?

02-21-2005, 08:07 PM
I could live in that interior!!! That's hot sex on a platter!!!

02-21-2005, 08:09 PM
i guess u can call it factory "tuning" i think what that is is it changes the throttle response to be more aggressive

02-21-2005, 08:10 PM
ic ic. kind of like in the new m3's where it has the meter of sportyness under the SMG tranny shifter.

02-21-2005, 08:18 PM
So if that thing shows up in mid 06, I have just over a year to make some serious money.

02-21-2005, 08:20 PM
Originally posted by foofighter
yah but these wheels are OE and they are forged...and i'm sorry to say HRE's aren't unique anymore to me

I was merely replying to the person above me who said they wanted the wheels.
No need to wait if someone really wants them.

02-21-2005, 08:24 PM
i know i was merely interjecting [;)]

02-21-2005, 09:29 PM
First of all, when is this thing going to be available on US soil? Secondly, what godly amount of money are they asking for it?

I"ll take TWO!!! lol

02-21-2005, 09:32 PM
Originally posted by Jrunr
First of all, when is this thing going to be available on US soil? Secondly, what godly amount of money are they asking for it?

I"ll take TWO!!! lol Neither has been officially announced yet.

02-21-2005, 09:56 PM
Originally posted by Jrunr
First of all, when is this thing going to be available on US soil? Secondly, what godly amount of money are they asking for it?

I"ll take TWO!!! lol

Well so far the answers are:
Most likely (this is one reason I think they debuted the car as a sedan) rumours are that the US will recieve 40% of total production.
And the price is speculated at 75k.

02-21-2005, 10:29 PM
Originally posted by foofighter
yah but these wheels are OE and they are forged...and i'm sorry to say HRE's aren't unique anymore to me

hey where did you read that they are forged?

02-21-2005, 10:57 PM
one of the post from the vortex admins

02-21-2005, 11:37 PM
damn that car is HOT! [up] [rs4] [hail]

02-22-2005, 12:23 AM
And heres a video of it...

RS4 B7 Video (http://s117957141.onlinehome.us/Audi/25quattro/RS4%20launch%20video.MOV)

02-22-2005, 08:55 AM
I will have my eye out over here for some!! Think Audi plans on using that same 4.2 FSI on the Q7 , there was some talk of a possible RS version. Anywho, that interior is bad a$$! [rs4]

Richard 350z
02-22-2005, 11:00 AM
I don't see how Audi can charge $75,000 for the RS4 in the USA, if it wants to compete with the next M3, which will be $60,000 or so.

02-22-2005, 11:41 AM
This is a car you wouldn't mod at all... okay maybe a few things here or there... a little lower, body color grille surround... tint...

okay i'm kidding... if I was lucky enough to get my hands on one, I'd modify the hell outta it.

02-22-2005, 11:44 AM
8250 Redline!!? That is awesome!

Interesting that there is no NAV screen shown in the pictures. Also, that steering wheel is HOT!

4.8 Sec 0-60 is a bit weak. I would imagine that the real number will be closer to 4.6.

02-22-2005, 05:37 PM

02-22-2005, 08:41 PM
Will they bring it to the US?

02-22-2005, 09:17 PM
very possible, but not yet decided.

02-22-2005, 09:29 PM
decided = released

02-23-2005, 07:28 PM
Originally posted by Richard 350z
So engine is normally aspirated?

Nice. [:D] [rs4]

Im sure Motodyne has its R&D department working on a supercharger for it! [:p]

02-23-2005, 07:34 PM
Originally posted by TheBlueMartin
Im sure Motodyne has its R&D department working on a supercharger for it! [:p]

I shouldn't laugh...but....


02-23-2005, 07:37 PM
Originally posted by Imperial
I shouldn't laugh...but....


I laugh everytime I hear the "M" word...but really....you know Hack will get on here and talk about how he can out-do it in every way with some majic setup...

02-24-2005, 02:27 AM
Well I Like It but...

M type mirrors are not my thing.

No nav+ on the press release are a no no.

Cell phone used on the last decade. old old.

rear lower valence much like the b6 top sport.

wheels I definitly don't like them. Not audi at all.

Sedan first?? WTF! Avant is the way to go. Make the damn sedan afterwards!

But I still want one!

02-24-2005, 02:44 AM
Originally posted by dramaticstatic
rumours are that the US will recieve 40% of total production.
And the price is speculated at 75k.

hence the fact they're doing a sedan version. sedans are less common in europe as avants are here.

75k's not bad for reuining some fools day in your stock "beater" audi (the way most marc / bmw people see audi's unfortunately)

02-25-2005, 02:35 AM
Thank god for not putting the trapezoid-grill treatment on the steering wheel, like they did with the A4!