Driven: Audi RS4 – PistonHeads

25 Aug 2014 | Author: | Comments Off on Driven: Audi RS4 – PistonHeads

The rest of you, hard. The RS4 is in many ways a good car, but it can also be frustrating.

You know the basic by now . 450hp at 8,250rpm, 317lb ft at and an empty kerb weight of Now it would be ridiculous to suggest any 3 car with 450hp was lacking but compare the torque-to-weight ratios of and the previous B7 RS4 and they don’t a pretty story for the new car. share the same 317lb ft although you waited 1,500rpm in the old car – and yet the B7 weighs 80kg It’s 177lb ft per tonne 186lb ft per tonne.

That is not progress. For the record, a C63 even without the power-pack, has 442 lb ft.

Who the drivetrain options are complex!

Nor, for some people, the deletion of a manual gearbox in of a dual-clutch unit with forward gears represent an The chassis is effectively an updated of the S4’s 4WD system with the Sport Differential travelling lighter aluminium suspension and some very fancy, 20-inch forged wheels.

To eyes, the RS4 absolutely looks the – I’m sure it has the battle already won for many with those blistered that matt chromework and a shoulder-line. This car does as well as anything in recent The cabin is standard Audi A4 extra trimmings and new clock – which means in ways it’s beginning to and feel a bit dated, some of the are unpleasant, but the RS touches really it.

Our car had the standard seats, but buckets are an Good to note that the chairs go nice and low.

S only this time sadly

The S Tronic transmission is very and, despite missing the I will concede that for people it will be a welcome Manual shifts are incisive and with a crack from the It doesn’t matter if you’re or inside, this car sounds the – and there’s the option of a exhaust too.

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The optional steering (variable ratio) is best avoided. In the heaviest it’s … and requires way too effort and the way it adjusts the amount of required according to speed is counter-intuitive. I didn’t get to try the standard steering, but a man I trust said it was but still incapable of drawing you the experience.

I want to drive a car on 19-inch and with normal steering

RS4 really comes alive thrashed

Driven to distraction

leaves the RS4 in a slightly confusing Push very hard and it you that Audi’s RS engineers are to de-specify the brand statement but at sane speeds this car is lacking in sparkle and low-effort Ride comfort will be in the UK too – even on the softest

It’s a better car than an RS5 – whose chassis was and successfully updated with RS4 attributes earlier this – because it is more and therefore will appeal to a audience.

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