The Audi RS4 was the high-performance version of the A4 model line and combined the sleek European-influenced styling of the standard A4 with the heart and soul of a true performance vehicle. Last manufactured during 2008 and 2009, this elegant sports sedan was positioned as the perfect solution for consumers seeking the best in handling and acceleration in one elegant package. Audi's exclusive Dynamic Ride Control system ensured outstanding comfort inside the well-equipped passenger cabin, while high performance tires and enhanced braking systems provided outstanding safety when stopping as well as driving. The RS4 also featured the characteristic Audi all-wheel drive system.
Designed to help German manufacturer Audi break into the North American sports vehicle marketplace, the RS4 boasted a 4.2 liter V-8 engine with 420 horsepower under the hood and an outstanding 317 lb-ft of torque. The Audi RS4 was available in six-speed manual transmission only, in keeping with its positioning as a high-performance executive sedan. The RS4 offered exceptional value for initial investment with a price toward the lower end of the performance sedan spectrum, making it even more attractive to buyers. While the RS4 has not been officially discontinued by Audi, no 2010 model was released; many automotive experts believe that Audi will no longer produce the RS4 due to extensive performance options already available in the Audi lineup.
First introduced in 1999 as the B5 Audi RS4 Avant Quattro, the first RS4 models featured a powerful six-cylinder engine that provided 375 horsepower and 325 lb-ft of torque, making these vehicles the supercharged performance leaders of the Audi line. The most recent version was the B7 released in 2008 and 2009; further expansions of the Audi model lines, increased focus on fuel economy, and the planned release of the high-performance RS3 sportback in 2011 may have spelled the end of the line for the popular RS4 sports vehicle.
Sleek, clean interior lines were the focus of the RS4 cabin, with climate control, cruise control, heated seats, and front and rear electric windows standard on this well-equipped vehicle. Child safety seat anchor points, parking sensors, remote locking and unlocking, electric seats, and audio remote control provided additional options for family and business trips. Partial leather seat trim was also standard equipment on the Audi RS4, along with headlight washers, electric mirrors, and front fog lights. Interior safety was enhanced by laser beam welding of major structural elements, ensuring a safe environment inside the cabin.
In 2005 the RS4 was awarded Car of the Year honors by Top Gear and was named Ward's Car Interior of the Year. The 2007 Audi RS4 also achieved top honors as the World Performance Car at the World Car of the Year competition
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