Audi RS4 review (2006-2008) – MSN Cars UK

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Audi RS4

review (2006-2008)

Guy Smith tested a Williams-Renault F1 car in the won Le Mans in 2003, arrived at last night and first the circuit this morning.

So I’m but worried, now he’s turned off the ESP on the RS4 he’s pitching into a right-hander called Fordwater, to a bit of fun.

To be honest, I thought it was off. Racing drivers do with cars that mere mortal’s breath as he is now. The car, drifting at speeds under complete is, it seems, left in similar But then, so was I of it. This is Audi’s hyper-saloon, a 420bhp V8 monster bellows off the walls surrounding like some sort of GT racer (that’ll be the twin-chamber

It also has workmen on the test cheering, using day-glo like matadors as they me to “(expletive) boot it”. since they ask… it Audi’s new ‘high-speed engine which gives this monster an 8,250rpm red line, been lost on them. aloft, they rapidly as I quickly realise that, I’m probably travelling a little too for that looming corner

Onto the delicate, modulatable but 14-inch brakes. Hustle it the bend with direct, steering. Marvel as quattro them from another job.

All this, like many experiences with the RS4, in a blur. 0-62mph in 4.8 seconds? in the time it takes a Meriva to hit half that? It’s and permanent quattro that’s split 60/40 to the rear can divert up to 85 per cent rearwards needed, for tail-tweaking junction ensures it’s almost manageable. Less power to wheel means each deal with a ‘mere’ rather than, say, a BMW 172bhp.

It’s the latest system too, with a clever Torsen centre Guy Smith demonstrated how quickly it power around for maximum under power perfectly. hard and you can feel it, if you can keep up.

Audi RS4

Curiosity gets the better of you and the first time you let revs fly be forgotten. Because the torque of the fools you into thinking a slugger – but hit 5,500rpm and suddenly given a kick towards the at crackerjack velocity, with the V8 taking on an impossibly metallic, wail until the rev limiter you by surprise deep into the redline.

Surprise because you hit it so quickly, as you can’t actually lift head off the lightweight RS bucket hard, race-spec side to view the unique RS dials in the place. Lateral G, you see. A few (at DSG speed, it feels) and you’re

But unlike some previous RS there’s satisfaction to be drawn slowing down and doing it all The revvy V8 is just magic.

RS4: Interior

You can sharpen it with the ’S’ on the (small, chunky) steering which adjusts the fuel for sharper throttle response exhaust note), eases the net of ESP and squeezes the seat bolsters tightly. Gimmicky, and the world’s powerful medium-size saloon really need it, but it does a more pleasing effect Vauxhall’s ‘Sport’ button. you won’t use it every day.

You also won’t be ogled at as as you’d think either; with its 19-inch wheels, arches, S bumpers, twin and chrome mirrors, the RS4 is discreet. the badges are tiny, easily with ‘S line’. You almost more for your £50,000.

Until you see it alongside a standard then the squat, wide-body stands out, looks muscular.

Prod the aluminium button. It starts with a and you become convinced that a lot to be said for discretion. Guy Smith the same. “It’s so friendly and – you wouldn’t believe it could be as quick as an S1 rally car round he muses.

But, indeed it is, as later proved. That the RS4 is up with a Group B rally with comfort, refinement and practicality too, says it

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