• May 18, 2006



Audi AG launched two more wallet-busting, interstate-obliterating RS 4 models Wednesday, the drop-top Cabriolet and the Avant estate.

Both new RS 4s share the sedan's glorious 420 hp V8 engine, redlined at no less than 8,250 rpm. Audi's Quattro AWD is enhanced with its Dynamic Ride Control, which adds active control of pitch and roll for improved dynamic performance.

The Avant recalls the first-generation RS 4, which was available exclusively in the estate body style, while the Cabriolet becomes the most powerful convertible Audi has ever made. The Cab's electro-hydraulic top opens in just 21 seconds, and features a glass rear window.

What Car? reports the new models will hit U.K. showrooms this summer, with the Avant selling for about $97,600, and the Cabriolet going for - wait for it - $112,250.

North American sales are not in the cards, unfortunately.

[Sources: Audi AG, What Car?]



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      • 8 Years Ago
      Only US$97,600? That's a bargin! Here in Norway that same car goes for a tasteful US$216,420 after todays exchange rates

      So you can buy one avant and one cab for the price one customer in Norway buys one avant and still have money for your cheap cheap cheap gas
      • 8 Years Ago
      you guys need to check your facts. there's been many magazine tests that shows the RS4 outperforming the M3 in acceleration, cornering, and handling. in fact one of the euro magazines tested it against the M5 and Porsche 911 and the RS4 is just as capable as either of those cars.
      • 8 Years Ago
      yes, Jon, you've said pretty much what I was going to, word for word.
      • 8 Years Ago
      It blows me away how much this car costs. What suprises me more it that people still compare it to the M3. Size and performance wise, they are similar, but the M3 looks like a bargain compared to the RS4. Even with the new V8 M3 around the corner, these cars are not in the same price catagory.
      • 8 Years Ago
      When will Autoblog stop just using the normal exchange rate when recalculating European car prices for the US market? It's stupid and misleading.

      Cars in Europe (Especially in the UK) are very expensive and the Dollar is currently quite weak, all of which doens't get translated into pricing. For example if you use the current GBP/USD exchange rate, the UK price for the standard RS4 (50,025 GBP) would translate into 94,300 US Dollar. The current US MSRP is 71,420 US Dollar! Applying similar to the UK premiums for Avant and Convertible would suggest roughly 73,900$ (Avant) and 85,000$ (Convertible).

      • 8 Years Ago
      Fifth gear did a race between RS4 and the M3 CS. RS4 won.
      • 8 Years Ago
      From the Top Gear episode with the "Zed-06", the z06 would cost ~£60,000 or ~$113,000 (USD).
      • 8 Years Ago
      Yeah, like the chances of this beautiful car coming to the east Coast of Canada is... ZERO.

      :(

      Stoneman
      http://www.stonemanautoreview.com
      • 8 Years Ago
      Never see comments about this car's extreme girth. Check out the weight of these things...damn that's a piggy of a car.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Guys, you're flogging a dead horse.

      This car has exclusivity where the M3 does not. That alone probably means every unit is sold before it's even made it off the production line.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I don't think the article is quoting accurate US pricing information. The previous posters are correct. The RS4 sedan starts around 68,000 USD for the US. You cannot simply run a currency converter on the UK price. A fully loaded RS4 sedan with navigation and gas guzzler tax and the other taxes is supposed to be about 80,000 out the door. I would be VERY suprised if we see a US RS4 cabriolet costing 97,00 BASE more likely something in the mid to high 70's.
      • 8 Years Ago
      in actuality the RS4 starts around US$66,000 in the US according to the audi site, while they dont mention the price of the avant or Cabriolet models im sure they arent THAT much more. So im sure it probobly is the bad conversion rate.
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