Audi RS4

The Audi RS4 is the most powerful model of the Audi A4 car, which is built in the third generation.

The first RS4 was released in late 1999 as a successor to the Audi RS2 and was produced until the fall of 2001. He was in contrast to its predecessor RS2 but produced by quattro GmbH, a subsidiary of Audi in Neckarsulm. This had a 2.7-liter bi-turbo V6 engine with 280 kW ( 380 hp) and was until the appearance of the Audi RS6 is the most powerful vehicle in the Audi model range.

The second generation, released in the summer of 2005 was equipped with a 4.2 - liter V8 high-revving engine with 309 kW (420 hp) and turbocharged.

The third generation was launched in spring 2012 and has as the second generation of a V8 high-revving engine with 4.2 liter displacement, which provides 331 kW (450 hp).

  • 2.1 Features
  • 2.2 Style Packages
  • 2.3 Motor
  • 2.4 Drive
  • 2.5 Suspension
  • 2.6 Specifications
  • 3.1 Features
  • 3.2 Motor and Drive
  • 3.3 Specifications

RS4 B5 ( 1999-2002)

Audi RS4 (1999-2001)

In September 1999, Audi introduced the RS4 as successor of the RS2, which had emerged from spring 1994 to summer 1995 in collaboration with Porsche.

Unlike its predecessor, the RS4, however, was a product of the 100 -percent subsidiary of Audi quattro GmbH, which is responsible for the Audi sports models since the late 1990s. The car was like his predecessor only as an Avant ( wagon) available and based on the A4 B5 series. The available only in Europe vehicle was offered at a base price of 127,000 DM at that time about the end of 1999.

The production of the first RS4 ended in September 2001 after 6030 copies. The plan was initially only half as many, but the demand was so high that Audi production doubled. The last vehicles were registered as vehicles of model year 2002.


For the RS version of the 2.7 -liter V6 engine in the S4 (B5 ) was modified by Cosworth, Cosworth was because at the time of the Volkswagen Group. There, among other things enlarged turbochargers and intercoolers, revised cylinder heads, a new exhaust system and an optimized engine management, in contrast to S4 were used. With these modifications, the performance increase from the original 195 kW (265 hp ) and 400 Nm at 1850 min -1 of the S4 ( B5) to 280 kW ( 380 hp ) and 440 Nm of torque, which bear constant between 2500-6000 min -1.


Like its predecessor, the RS4 was only equipped with a six-speed manual transmission and permanent four-wheel drive ( quattro ). Despite the relatively high curb weight of 1620 kg, the car accelerates in just 4.9 seconds from 0 to 100 km / h


( according to EC directive combined in litres/100 km )

RS4 B7 (2005-2009)

Audi RS4 (2005-2009)

After four years of abstinence after the first generation RS4, Audi presented in summer 2005 the new RS4 with 4.2 liter V8 engine and 309 kW ( 420 hp ) based on the B7 series before. Mid-2006 were submitted to both the Avant ( wagon) and the Cabriolet.

The purchase price for the sedan started at 71,700 and the Avant at 73,350 euros, while the Cabriolet from 85.050 euros available (as of October 2007) was.

A total of 14,368 vehicles were produced during the four -year construction period of the RS4 model. Of these, 7657 sedans ( 53%), station wagon 5204 (36%) and 1507 convertibles ( 11%).


Compared to the normal A4 models, the RS version differs by a slightly modified interior such as

  • Speedometer instrument with modified scales, and digital oil temperature gauge
  • Flattened steering wheel, partly in aluminum look
  • Pedals and footrest in stainless steel
  • Bucket seats with embossed lettering RS4
  • Engine start button in the center console

Externally it looks also changes, including:

  • Widened wheel arches
  • Modified bumpers
  • Double web - mirrors in aluminum look
  • Oval exhaust tailpipes

Audi RS4 Cabriolet ( 2006-2009)


Style Packages

As of August 2007, to add two new styling packages on the RS 4 Avant and the sedan. The driving dynamics of the Audi RS4 was increased with the sport suspension plus and the raising of an electronically limited top speed to 280 km / h.

The Style package included Black bucket seats in black and a radiator grille with black frame instead of chrome. For the White styling package, the aforementioned black finish is designed in white.

RS4 style packet " White"


With the 4.2- liter V8 engine, Audi entered in its RS models for the first time the way the so-called " high- speed engines "; the maximum speed is 8250 min -1. Earlier RS models were up to this point always equipped with a turbocharger. By using a direct injection ( FSI), a high compression ratio ( 12.5:1 at Super Plus) and friction-optimized engine components makes the eight-cylinder 309 kW (420 hp) at 7800 min -1 and outputs a torque of 430 Nm at 5500 min - 1 from (90 % of which are 2250-7600 min-1 available ).


Unlike its predecessor, the all-wheel drive ( quattro ) has this RS4 an asymmetric force distribution in the ratio of 40 ( front ) 60 ( rear axle). The RS4 was only available with a manual six- speed gearbox.

Landing gear

As the RS6 also has this model a suspension with Dynamic Ride Control (DRC ), which compensates for the roll and pitch motions of the vehicle.


B8 RS4 (since 2012)

Audi RS4 Avant

In February 2012, Audi presented at the Geneva Motor Show, the third - generation RS4. The new model is based on the current B8- series of the Audi A4 and has as its predecessor a 4.2 - liter V8 high-revving engine. The delivery of the first available only as a combination RS4 Avant started in autumn 2012. Introductory pricing starts at 76,600 euros.


Like the previous RS4 models, this model also differs visually from the standard Audi A4. In addition to extended wings, aluminum-look exterior mirrors and oval exhaust tailpipes of the RS4 has modified bumpers, including with enlarged air intakes at the front and a diffuser at the rear. Standard compared to the normal A4 is the RS4, among others Xenon headlights with LED daytime running lights and rear lights and a 19 - inch tires.

In addition to aluminum pedals and various RS4 logos in the interior, the standard interior detail is enhanced by Alcantara / leather sports seats.

Engine and Transmission

The V8 high-revving engine with 4.2 liter displacement is based on the previous B7 model, but has been revised and now provides 331 kW (450 hp) at 8250 min -1. The maximum torque of 430 Nm remained unchanged, however, is over the speed range of 4000 to 6000 min-1 is available. The same engine is already offered since 2010 in the Audi RS5 Coupé.

Contrary to previous models with 6-speed manual transmission comes with the B8 RS4 standard 7- speed dual-clutch S tronic transmission is used. As with the Audi RS5 coming to the permanent all-wheel drive quattro with Kronenraddifferenzial as the center differential in place of the previous Torsendifferenzials, used. In addition to the delay-free distribution of drive torques and lighter construction, a maximum of 70 % of the drive torque to the front or 85 % can be routed to the rear with the new differential.