2008 Audi RS4 – Wheels.ca

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2008 Audi RS4

Moments picking up the 2008 RS4 at Audi I#039;m coursing the on-ramp to the 401, gently probing über-sedan#039;s considerable grip.

after picking up the 2008 RS4 at central, I#039;m coursing the to the westbound 401, gently this über-sedan#039;s considerable

The steering feels meaty and and initial understeer turns a neutral and unerring arc as I roll on the and all four 19-inch P Zero claw at the tarmac.

G-forces and the 4.2 L direct-injection V8 starts making the delicious noises. Sweet.

to let a few more of these 420 ponies out of the and #8230; whoaaa!

Rounding the last few meters of the I#039;m facing a police with her radar gun pointed at me.

I on the binders, scrub off a fair of velocity and rumble by#8230; the of innocence.

Well, I may have innocent, but this Audi RS4 had written all over it.

Audi has one out of the park – building a ripsnorting sedan that can run with the BMW M3. It the part, too, advertising its talents with blistered a bulldog stance and well-integrated add-ons. It stares you down a body builder in an Armani

This is the last year for RS4, built as it is on the outgoing A4 Like a backward Porsche the RS4#039;s engine (same as in the two-seat R8 sports car) out beyond the front axle – not an layout as it creates an imbalance promotes understeer.

But Audi engineers, diligently against the laws of physics, managed to pretty much the inherent bugaboos in this

Also helping out is the RS-exclusive Ride Control, which pitch and body roll by the dampers via a central valve.

If you level any criticism at the RS4 (and is a bit like looking for a zit on Halle it would be that it is perhaps too This is a point-and-shoot car if ever was one.

It never seems to run out of grip (in the anyway), and despite the claimed bias, you#039;re hard-pressed to a whiff of oversteer. The quattro drive allows you to put the power wherever and whenever you want.

expect a car with this grip and body control to a harsh ride, but it is surprisingly

Of course, the soul of the RS4 is its engine, and naturally aspirated, direct 4163 cc V8 is a honey.

Twist the key and it to life and settles into a mechanical idle – the twin tailpipes emitting a velvety rumble.

There#039;s a button on the console with an S (for Sport). it. Throttle response quickens and the gets louder.

With 420 hp on Audi has crossed the magical threshold. The engine#039;s max torque of 317 arrives at 5500 rpm, but 90 per is available from 2250 to rpm, making for a smooth and power delivery.

It#039;s the tach needle starts the 8250 rpm red line that all breaks loose.

The engine a hair-raising howl, and with upshift of the slick-shifting six-speed gearbox, the V8 lands back in the spot, ready for another go.

It#039;s an addictive ritual, and one will have you blowing by the 100 mark in just 4.8 seconds.

The fly in the ointment is pedal placement – and toe downshifting is nigh impossible.

The vented and cross-drilled discs lifted from the Lamborghini provide eye-popping stopping – perfect for those times ahem, encountering the local

Being an Audi (and an one), the luxury quotient is and interior quality unassailable.

The A4 cabin may not be the most adventurous in but this car#039;s piano trim and cream-coloured leather Recaro sport seats a most agreeable ambience. The leather-trimmed wheel feels in hand.

So does the RS4 make much in this time of growing awareness and roadside impoundments?

It didn#039;t during day one of my watch, as I two more radar traps on my home.

The problem with the RS4 is licence-busting speeds are so easily and with such little you#039;re just a Nike-twitch from a potentially nasty

But let#039;s put all that tiresome chatter to rest. This is a spectacular car. Period.

As far as luxurious, all-weather four-seat go, the 2008 Audi RS4 is in a class by

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