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Audi RS4

Broadcast date : 23rd July 2006

Whatís not to like? That was a well-known motoring scribeís response to the new Audi RS4 and weíd go along with that.

It just looks soÖ well, so right! Details abound to denote its special status and yet it still has the trademark Audi subtlety that we know and love.

Yes, thereís the de rigeur deeper spoiler, larger air intakes, flaired wheel arches, Xenon RS4-specific light-clusters and fat tailpipes. But itís all done with so much good taste.

309 kilowatts of fire, to be precise. That outguns the 270 kilowatts of the Mercedes-Benz C55 AMG, and eclipses the BMW M3ís 252 offering. Right on, Ingolstadt!

If you push this car ridiculously hard it will understeer, but normal folks will never experience that, even if you happen to own one. If youíre Clint, you can get it to oversteer, but it takes some doing.

And very hard on the tyres in the hands of Wildman Weston. Clint is setting the car up for oversteer, or tail-sliding, by dipping the clutch and simultaneously hooking the hand brake to lock up the rear wheels. But see how easily he gathers it all up. Driven conventionally, itís rock solid on Wesbank Raceway.

The RS4 is THE most exciting Audi to come along in decades. In fact Car Magazine says itís the best car Audi has ever made, and their performance figures back that up.

0-100 in 4,6 seconds, a standing kilometre sprint in 23,2, and a terminal or exiting speed at the end of the standing kilometre of 230 km/h.

Car achieved a true top-speed of 266 with this car, despite being supposedly limited to the German "agreement" of a 250 km/h speed for non supercars.

Yet the RS4 is so much more than just raw pace. Itís cabin is elegance personified with suitable sporting overtones.

And the instrument panel even includes a lap timer for weekend racers.

The seats have extra bolstering, and these can be tightened or loosened at the push of a button. They automatically tighten to your settings once you hit the sports button.

Yes, welcome back Audi, to that place where supercars live, even if this one happens to have four doors.

Audi RS4
  • Engine: V8 petrol, 4 4 163cc
  • Power: 309 kW @ 7 800 rpm
  • Torque: 430 Nm @ 5 500 rpm
  • Transmission: Six-speed manual, all-wheel-drive
  • 0-100 km/h: 4,65 seconds (Car Magazine)
  • Top speed: 266 km/h (Car Magazine)
  • Fuel consumption: 16,48 litres/100 km (Car Magazine)
  • Price: R598 000
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