The Audi RS4 was first produced in 1999 as one of the fastest and sportiest cars in the Audi range. In 2012, it also returned with a makeover in Avant form. Over the 20+ years of this car's history, it has evolved and been a favourite for everyone, from young drivers to families. RS (RennSport/racing sport) is Audi's highest trim level, meaning that the RS4 and other RS cars are the first to receive the latest technology. It also features the Torsen-based quattro permanent 4WD system.
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Buying a Used Audi RS4
Buying a used Audi RS4 gives you the opportunity to explore everything from the latest model to earlier iterations of this iconic car. When considering the different releases for the RS4, there are many options available to you. The B7 generation, for example, was made available in saloon, Avant estate, and cabriolet forms. The cabriolet form was initially more expensive than the other two options, but as a used car, it will cost no more than the saloon or estate cars.
There are some excellent reasons to buy a second hand Audi RS4. With so many options available to you, you can find a car that works for you. These cars stay in excellent condition, so even the earlier models can deliver great quality.
The original B5 Audi RS4 Avant quattro was based on the Volkswagen Group B5 platform. The bodywork was altered from the Audio B5 S4, and the engine was developed from the S4's2.7 litre 90° V6 biturbo, with a six-speed manual transmission. The second Audio RS4 quattro was produced from 2006 to 2008, built on the B7 A4 platform. The B7 RS4 Cabriolet was also made available in limited numbers. The car received another update in 2012, based on the B8 A4 Avant, sharing a powertrain with the RS Coupé. Finally, a new RS4 Avant was released in 2018, with the B9 model featuring a new look, 2.9 TFSI V6 twin-turbo engine and 8-speed tiptronic transmission.
There was no Audi RS4 built on the B6 platform, which meant some significant changes when the B7 model was released. It was completely different from previous RS models, with its Avant, saloon and cabriolet options. The saloon could accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h (0 to 62 mph) in 4.8 seconds, and the model had a new look, including a flared, wider front. It featured a range of technologies, from optional adaptive headlights to a 10-speaker Bose sound system. It was also the only RS Audio powered by a naturally aspirated engine until 2010 and introduced a new development of the Audi quattro four-wheel drive system.
The B8 model further updated the car, with new-look features such as double exhaust tailpipes and a remodelled front bumper with honeycomb grill. With a 4.2L FSI V8 engine producing 450ps and 430Nm of torque, the car is able to accelerate from 0–60 mph (0–97 km/h) in 4.7 seconds. Notable features added include optional ceramic brakes, a sports pack, and a sound pack option. Audi also released the Nogaro Limited Edition in 2014 to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Audi RS 2 Avant, with some cosmetic changes, such as a limited edition blue exterior.
Audi B9 RS4 Trim Levels
The latest RS4 offers three trim levels: RS4 Avant, RS4 Carbon Black, and RS4 Vorsprung.
The standard RS4 Avant specification includes highlights such as 19" x 9.0J '10-spoke star' design Audi Sport alloy wheels, Audi Matrix LED headlights with LED rear lights and dynamic front and rear indicators, MMI Navigation Plus with MMI Touch, and RS Super Sport heated front seats in Fine Nappa leather with contrast honeycomb stitching.
The RS4 Carbon Black benefits from the standard features of the Avant, plus additional options for an even sleeker look. It features 20" x 9.0J '5-segment-spoke Evo style' design Audi Sport alloy wheels in glossy black, and the Carbon Black Styling Pack with front spoiler, sill extension inserts and diffuser insert in carbon including high-gloss black-trimmed radiator grille, windows and horizontal bar in the diffuser. Extra details include the Audi rings and lettering in glossy black and carbon twill inlays.
The Audi RS4 Vorsprung offers 20" x 9.0J '5-segment-spoke Evo style' design Audi Sport alloy wheels in matt titanium look, high sheen finish. It is offered with the Black Styling Pack with front lip spoiler, radiator grille frame, and side window capping strips in high-gloss black. It also includes high-gloss black air intake duct, Audi rings and lettering in glossy black, and Inlays in Piano finish. The tiptronic engine also kicks things up a notch, with a top speed of 174 mph, compared to the 155 mph of the other two trim levels with tiptronic engines.
Finishes include grey and blue solid finishes, as well as white, black, green, blue, and red metallic finishes. Other options include a grey pearl effect and Audi exclusive paint finishes. RS Super Sport front seats come as standard in all trim levels, with Fine Nappa leather in Black-Rock Grey or silver. Other standard options include heated, electrically adjustable front seats, child seat anchors at the front and back, lumbar support and front seat armrest.
As a car that has always featured some of the latest Audi technologies, the RS4 has plenty of features. The latest model features the Audi Virtual Cockpit and MMI Navigation Plus with MMI Touch, Audi system with the option of a Bang & Olufsen 3D Sound System, and a range of communication features. Assistance systems as standard include Pre-Sense City, Audi Parking System Plus, and a rear view camera, as well as the option of the Driver Assistance Pack, which includes features such as adaptive cruise control and collision avoidance assistant. Safety and technology options include Red Brake Calipers, ceramic brakes, RS Sport exhaust system, and RS Audi Drive Select.