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It had been the subject of speculation, and today, it's official. Audi will expand its RS4 lineup in the US with the addition of the 2008 RS4 Cabriolet. The two-door open-topper gets the same 420-horsepower 4.2L FSI V8 as its enclosed sedan sibling, just with better Conair potential thanks to that stowable roof. Audi says that around 300 of the ragtops are heading stateside, and that they'll be here in the fall. The beautiful people from Malibu to Miami Beach have a new bauble to lust after. Come to think of it, so do we.

Press release after the jump.

[Source: Audi USA via AudiWorld]


PRESS RELEASE:
Audi RS 4 Cabriolet Coming to U.S. for 2008 Model Year

RS 4 sedan receives enhancements for 2008

AUBURN HILLS, Mich., June 6 /PRNewswire/ -- Audi of America, Inc. announced today that the RS 4 Cabriolet model will come to U.S. showrooms as a 2008 model, and the RS 4 sedan will have new features and option packages. Approximately 300 of the limited-production RS 4 Cabriolets will be sold in the U.S. The RS 4 Cabriolet models will arrive in fall of 2007. Pricing and equipment for the 2008 RS 4 Cabriolet will be announced at a later date.

The RS 4 Cabriolet shares the same high-revving 4.2 V8 FSI engine found in the RS 4 sedan. It produces 420 hp at 7,800 rpm and 317 ft-lbs. of torque at 5,500 rpm. Like the sedan, the Cabriolet will only be available with a six- speed manual and quattro(R) all-wheel drive featuring the asymmetrical dynamic torque split. Like the sedan, the Cabriolet will have 19" RS 4-style alloy wheels with 255/35/19 performance tires, a four-link front and trapezoidal- link rear sport-tuned suspension with Dynamic Ride Control (DRC), and 14.4" front and 12.8" rear brake rotors.

The RS 4 sedan also gets some new and unique features for 2008. Two new option packages, the Titanium package and Audi exclusive package, will be available. The $750 Titanium package consists of titanium colored 19" RS 4- style alloy wheels, black front grille, black side window moldings, black interior headliner, and piano black interior trim. The $3,800 Audi exclusive package has Crimson red leather seat centers (black leather side bolsters and head rests) and door trim, contrasting red seat piping, red stitching on the shift boot and steering wheel, piano black interior trim, carpeted floor mats with RS 4 logo and contrasting piping, and Audi exclusive badging. Sirius satellite radio and Bluetooth will become standard equipment on the RS 4 sedan.

For more information about Audi, please visit www.media.audiusa.com

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