• Jun 15, 2007
Say it ain't so. One of our favorite cars in recent memory might be going out of production. Autocar UK is saying that Audi has pulled the plug on the sweet RS4 supersedan. According to them, the convertible and wagon versions are still being produced, but they don't know for how long. With the new RS6 and RS5 on the horizon, it's possible Audi has decided to cut RS4 production to gear up for those new models, but the RS4 has been pretty successful for automaker by all accounts and it seems surprising it would be cancelled altogether. Besides being one of the best driving vehicles on the planet, the V8 RS4 is also one of the best sounding vehicles made. Right up there with the Vantage and F430. The RS4 offers performance figures that are nearly the equal of those two sports cars as well, all while providing a back seat and proper trunk. The 414-hp RS4 sedan went on sale in the UK in October of 2005, and showed up in the States around summer 2006. That's a pretty short run for such a great car. With its rumored turbo V10, the RS6 will undoubtedly be awesome as well, but the RS4 will be sorely missed if this news is true.

[Source: Autocar]


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      RoadRunnerSTi
      • 7 Years Ago
      Ted- you obviously have no clue at all what it takes to take an economy sedan and design it to handle all the extra weight, power, and twist that a V8 and it's supporting upgrades requires, along with designing it to survive the daily driving abuse the public will unlease on it. Or what it takes re-coupe R&D development costs on such a small volume car.

      Your comment suggests all they did was shoe-horn a V8 in, slap a tighter suspension on it and called it a day.... what a joke...

      There is a reason it is being recognized world wide as one of the best driving machines out there period. Don't hate just because you can't afford to play.
        • 7 Years Ago
        @RoadRunnerSTi
        What changes did they make to the chassis?

        I was under the impression that the A4 unibody remained untouched....apart from the suspension and necessary modifications to hold the different driveline components.

        That's the beauty of the car - the rigid and lightweight A4 chassis with a monster powerplant, and a suspension that controls the added body roll from the heavier V8 motor.

        It's a great car.....I could afford a used one....but with a baby and saving for a bigger house, it wouldn't be the most responsible thing to do.

        -ted
      • 7 Years Ago
      $70,000 is just too much money. At $55k, a car like this makes sense. But that extra fifteen grand puts it out of reach for many enthusiasts who might otherwise strive to reach for it. And those who can comfortably afford it are probably starting to look at Caymans and the like.
        • 7 Years Ago

        What you are not considering in the price difference is the quantity of cars sold. What really drives up the cost is the R&D work.

        On a mainstream car that sells in huge quantities this cost is spread out over all the cars sold. Even with relativley small changes (let alonge completely re-done suspension, engines, transmission etc.) R&D costs rise quickly. When you are only selling limited numbers of cars, the cost per vehicle goes up very fast.

        I'd be willing to bet that the actual cost of making an RS4 over a regular A4 is on the order of roughly $10k per vehicle. The remaining $20k per vehicle is all R&D cost.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Because the new M3 is going to cost as much as (if not more than) the RS4 also. You can't go for dollars per HP for car pricing, its just not how it works. Otherwise, the Bugatti Veyron wouldnt cost more than $100,000
        • 7 Years Ago
        I disagree... This car is quite the automobile and is superior to the BMW's in many regards ( and well worth the 70 grand). I have heard rumors they are starting from scratch because of the platform change and have a few unexpected changes in store for the new model. Audi rules!!!
        • 7 Years Ago
        Hey, I'm just using kyler's logic.
        • 7 Years Ago
        srivendel,

        Agreed on the price thing....better suspension and a V8 can not possibly justify the $30,000 premium over a more pedestrian A4.

        -ted
        • 7 Years Ago
        Really? I can get a 300hp BMW for $41k. That's $137 per hp. So, if we're pricing purely based on hp figures, a 414hp BMW should cost $56,579. Why am I dreaming, again?
        • 7 Years Ago
        55k for a 414-hp Audi? You are dreaming...
      • 7 Years Ago
      Shrug. At 70k it barely bests much cheaper cars in the same segment like the 38k 335i. Yes it's a tad sharper but for 32k more, it should delivery the kind of performance that's a huge leap forward.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I wouldn't call the A4 lightweight, and the RS4 is definitely not a car for someone that would spend the mortgage on the house just to have it. It costs what it costs, if audi has decided it will be 70k in america, so it shall be. If you think it's too much, and that somebody is offering the same for less money, go ahead and take it. There is no point in saying a car is too expensive for what it is, if you think so, you are looking at the wrong shelf. RS4 is right out there with the M3, C55 etc. My jaw dropped after i saw that mtm tuned rs4 a few days ago, for 26K more (and i believe that was in euros) you can get a car like no other. It also has adjustable suspension, and I am not sure if stock RS4 have this, but its description sounded pretty impresive. If that is included in the base price, then it is a lot more than just putting the engine in.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Great pic from Crystal Cove. Slightly dissapointed.
      • 7 Years Ago
      oh no....

      say it ain't so........
      • 7 Years Ago
      Come on guys... for $10k more you can get a BMW M5. You're gonna tell me the RS4 is worth the price?

      I own an Audi... and between mechanical AND electronics problems, lets just say I would never spend $70k on one. Or buy one ever again for that matter.
        • 7 Years Ago
        So that I should have bought a new Audi in order to avoid problems is an admission that they have serious quality issues?

        We both have our anecdotes of ownership, but unfortunately for you, the real data sides with me.

        http://www.whatcar.com/NonCar/8666102470.jpg

        And pretty much any measure of quality, reliability, or satisfaction will rank BMW above Audi. I say this as a current owner and driver of an audi, which besides it imploding into itself, I love.

        For reference I bought a 2000 A6 2.7T in 2005 certified preowned from an Audi dealer. While under the 2 year warranty, the amplifier blew, several speakers blew, the power windows (or maybe only one, I can't remember) stopped working, and the transmission needed work. After the warranty was up, some air pump that blows fresh air into the exhaust to dillute it so that it can pass emissions tests broke, requiring the replacement of that and some combi-valves that it hooks up to. If I didnt do the repairs I would never be able to pass an emissions test and my catalytic converter might supposedly have melted. Cost me $1200 all in. On monday, I'm scheduled to have something done to all 4 of my wheels for $140 because all the tires are always losing air and its because of some sort of seal being bad on all the wheels.

        Besides the fact that its a fortune to maintain, I love the car. IMO Audis have the best interiors of any in the luxury car segment, and this particular model was very fast for the price (twin turbo 2.8L V6) and had AWD.

        But no, I'll never buy one again. I'd rather pay more upfront and not have to deal with the annoyances.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Charlie your such a freakin liar...I have owned more Audi's than you can count on your bloody fingers and they are equal if not better in some regards than BMW"S or MB"s, if you have electric or mechanical problems your an idiot for not getting a new car. You probably own a 1972 Audi not a new one. All of my Audis have spent very few hours at the garage and none to the point I would even consider above average. Some even less than normal-
      • 7 Years Ago
      If the A4 is too pedestrian for you, but you're too poor to afford the exclusive RS4, Audi makes an S4 just for you.

      • 7 Years Ago
      Well, let's see...with its turbocharged V10 engine, the RS6 should be able to travel forward in time.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Don, you are digging that time machine thing, huh? but yes, it will travel through time, but it'll cost a LOT extra. Flux Capacitors are not cheap, and consider the replacement alternator to run it....... expensive stuff, all around.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Lol. You must frequent Winding Road as well.
      • 7 Years Ago
      NOOOOOOOOOOO
        • 7 Years Ago
        NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

        The RS4 and the M3 are my 2 top favorite cars, but I give the RS4 a slight edge because you don't see them everyday compared to M3's. I can't stand to look at the A5/S5, it's but ugly, and the RS/5 will be ugly too. But I guess you can't beat progress. I will probably buy a used RS/4 in a few years.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Wow, I almost don't believe this news, as Audi is moving towards ENHANCING their performance image--not removing elements of it.

      Hey was this pic taken at Crystal Cove in Newport Beach, CA? Sure looks like it.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I think I'm going to cry. This is probably my favorite car right now...
        • 7 Years Ago
        Me too, i really like that car, beats almost everyone. RS4 for ever, best sound ever.
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