2007 Audi RS4 – Test drive and new car review – 2007 Audi RS4

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Audi RS4

Audi’s family-friendly supercar

The Audi RS4 represents the ultra-high-end of sedans. Based on the A4, the RS4 has a 420 horsepower V8 all-wheel-drive, specially tuned and the soul of a race car, all in a four-door body that it a surprisingly useful family The price is steep, even for a car — $68,820 base destination and $2100 gas guzzler $73,520 as tested, and with EPA economy estimates of 14 MPG city and 21 it’s no Honda Fit.

Is the RS4 the dough? Read on.

First A supercar you can enjoy every day

I first got my driver’s license, I for any excuse to drive, no matter how the distance. What’s that, we’re low on milk? I’ll drive out to the store and get some.

I myself doing the same in the RS4.

That’s saying a because most supercars be enjoyed without a racetrack For day-to-day driving, they’re useless. But that’s not the case the Audi RS4.

I enjoyed every single even the half-mile run to the supermarket speed: 35 MPH), which I did no than sixty-two times test week.

And make no the RS4 is a true supercar. Its over-the-top makes it go, stop and turn amazing speed and agility. At the heart is a 420 horsepower 4.2 liter V8 goes to photo) with FSI fuel injection. FSI improves response and fuel economy isn’t too bad, all things I averaged 15.7 MPG).

The 4.2 is in other Audis, but the RS4’s is unique both for its higher RPM redline and the delicious noises it The engine produces 90% of its 317 lb-ft of from 2,250 to 7,600 You almost can’t be in the wrong — no matter how slowly the is turning, a prod of the gas pedal the car take off.

The RS4 comes with a 6-speed manual and all-wheel-drive, tuned to split the 40% front/60% rear and vary it as Audi says the RS4 will run 0 to 60 in an amazing 4.8 seconds and on to 155 MPH before the steps in and says No more.

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In the Driver’s Comfort and confusion

Like Audis, RS4’s interior is and functional with overly-complex controls (stereo, navigation,

Photo #169; Aaron

I have a love-hate relationship Audi interiors. Love: comfortable and clearly designed driving as the main priority. They’re dark and overly Take the button-happy climate system: Dials simply better.

And the stereo and navigation on my test car were integrated Audi’s Multi-Media Interface which requires a master’s in computer science to operate. time you turn the system on it a distracting nag screen that against distraction while Ironic, no?

Dark though the interior may be — black is the color choice — quite comfortable. Leather-lined and trimmed, it features heated and front seats by racing manufacturer Recaro. The back is decent and the trunk is generous.

That’s one of the most amazing about the RS4: With all the on its superior performance, it’s to forget that it’s a practical family hauler.

My car had a $4,700 Premium Package included a navigation system, rear- and side-view mirrors. headlights, rain-sensing wipers, rear seats, premium stereo and sunshades for the back and windows, the former power-operated a button on the dash. Rear-seat-mounted airbags are the only other

On the Road: Where all the technology together

Compared to the A4 and S4. the RS4 sits and has a stiffer suspension and wider (distance between the wheels note the flared fenders). A Dynamic Ride Control interconnects the shock absorbers to body pitch and roll control.

The big 19 wheels have openings which show off the brakes with cross-drilled They allow repeated stops without the ills of brakes. There’s even a button that makes the note sound deeper.

How cool is that?

I’ve you how it all works; now let me tell you how it all works Heading into a corner at RPM, engine screaming and blatting, is a magical experience. hard to loosen the RS4’s on the pavement, and if you do, it’s surprisingly The electronic stability control is amazingly unobtrusive; it seems to exactly how much rope you to hang yourself and gives you a quarter-inch less.

Push the RS4 enough and it will start to with the electronic stability stepping in just enough to you in the right direction while allowing a little tail-out action. The RS4 makes even a driver like me feel he’s A. J. Foyt. It’s

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What’s even more is how comfortable the RS4’s ride is. it’s firm, but it’s not The RS4 may handle like a race but it sure doesn’t ride one.

You gotta love those engineers — they may not be for easy-to-use stereos, but they know how to create a superior

Journey’s End: For drivers

The heart of the beast: 420 horsepower RPM V8 engine

Photo #169; Gold

Would I buy an RS4? a moot point; I can’t the $69,000 base price, let the $73,520 tab for my tester. But let’s I could afford to drop kind of money on a car.

I buy the RS4, even with the I don’t like, such as the stereo and hyper-complex climate

Hell yeah, I would.

the bottom line is that I to drive. The RS4 encompasses most of the I dislike about Audis, but it encompasses what I love them: The use of technology to further the joy of

If you’re looking for a high-end car to off, the Audi RS4 isn’t best choice. Chances are car enthusiasts will know how special the RS4 is. It’s not available an automatic and it will buck an angry bronco if you don’t the clutch just right.

There are lots of cars are flashier and easier to drive and most of them cost If you want a high-end Audi easier to live with, out the 340 hp Audi S4. which is only a second slower to 60, or the roomier S6. Both are available with an and both are superiffic (new to drive.

But if you’re looking for the family-friendly driver’s car, by all means buy the Audi RS4. The RS4 goes stink, corners like a car and makes noises that’ll the hair on the back of your stand on end. Driving it is close to a religious experience. it comes to sport sedans, the RS4 is as good as it gets. — Gold

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