Last of the show-stopping Audi's, but by no means least, will be the all-new V8-powered evolution of the widely acclaimed RS 4 quattro, remarkable as much for its saloon body shell as for its awe-inspiring capabilities. The first ever B-segment Audi RS saloon epitomises Vorsprung durch Technik through numerous advances including a combination of eight-cylinder power and FSI direct petrol injection and the latest generation of quattro four-wheel-drive technology.
Available to order in the UK for an OTR price of £49,980, the new RS 4 quattro is powered by a naturally aspirated 4.2-litre V8 FSI petrol engine that delivers 420PS, equating to a highly impressive specific output of just over 100PS per litre. Maximum torque of 430Nm occurs at 5,500rpm, and 90 per cent of this peak is available from 2,250rpm all the way to 7,600rpm, though the exceptionally free revving unit is actually capable of powering on well beyond this to 8,250rpm to provide breathtaking acceleration. The 0-62mph sprint is dispatched in just 4.8 seconds, 124mph from rest on a suitable Autobahn can be seen in only 16.6 seconds and an electronically limited top speed of 155mph is easily achievable.
For maximum exploitation of this potential, a Sports Button mounted within the steering wheel enables the driver to adjust the throttle control mapping to give even sharper throttle response when required. The Electronic Stability Programme (ESP) has also been reprogrammed to intervene later and for a shorter period than it normally would in a standard A4, ensuring that control is always maintained but driving satisfaction is maximised.
Sitting 30mm lower than a standard A4, and with a wider front and rear track, the new RS 4 quattro is equipped with the latest evolution of the renowned quattro four-wheel-drive system with a standard torque split of 40:60 (front/rear), making for even more adjustable cornering behaviour. The system works in conjunction with Dynamic Ride Control, a hydraulic damping system adopted from the RS 6 quattro.
Riding on unique 19-inch alloy wheels, and fronted by the latest Audi single frame grille, the attention-grabbing body of the new RS 4 quattro cloaks an equally dramatic interior. Its tapered sports steering wheel, lightweight RS bucket seats and engine starter button combine with extensive carbon fibre trim to add more than a touch of racing car purpose without diluting the comfort, quality and exceptional attention to detail for which Audi interior design is renowned.
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