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Review: 2008 Audi RS4

My buddy Chris was beaming as his body pressed into the two-tone Recaro on the passenger side. "This thing is completely unbelievable," he said, his voice a blend of awe and disbelief. Around us, the scenery flicked by as the crisp Sunday morning air was sucked in through the open windows. The radio was on, but the volume was turned all the way down. At the moment, the only soundtrack in which we were interested was the guttural roar coming from the big oval pipes poking through the rear valance. "Chris," I replied, snicking the shifter into third, "This thing is ridiculous." The "thing"... Read More

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    Geneva: Audi RS4 Avant Nogaro Selection puts a fresh face on old memories
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    I've been fortunate enough to drive plenty of memorable cars over the years, and one of my all-time favorites is the Audi RS4 sedan. It was only sold in the United States for a short time, but during that quick run, it made a huge impression on me. I remember everything about that car – the smell, the sound, the exact feeling of the manual shifter ...

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    Report: Next Audi RS4 to get V6 turbo, US sales still unclear
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    Audi's high-performance S models have forged a reputation in the US for offering wonderful driving dynamics in a package that doesn't scream, "I bought a sport sedan." However, its even higher-performance RS models are still somewhat of a rarity here. While the RS5 and RS7 are in the current US lineup, many of the wild RS models that Europe gets, like the ...

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    Official: Audi celebrates original RS with RS4 Avant Nogaro selection
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    It's been 20 years since Audi unveiled the RS2 Avant, the progenitor of an entire range of ridiculously fun luxury cars, including the RS3, three generations of the RS4, three generations of RS6, the RS5, and new RS7 and RS Q3. In honor of the anniversary, Audi is paying tribute to the Porsche-fettled wagon by releasing a special edition of its modern-day ...

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    Video: Watch two Audi RS4 Avants play Death Race with paintball
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    Nothing to see here, folks, except a 2013 Audi RS4 Avant weaponized with a high-caliber paintball canon. No, make that two of them, one black and one white, playing paintball in an abandoned aircraft hangar. At this point, there's probably not more to add than "Watch the video below" while we get on the horn to find out how to get this as a factory ...

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    First Drive: 2012 Audi RS4 Avant [w/video]
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    The Only RS4 We Need (And Won't Get) This is the B8 generation of the Audi A4 and, as with any A4 generation, there's no small wagon quite as scintillating as an RS4 Avant. The U.S. has never been gifted with this heavy hauler, and that is just one of life's many injustices. Even with the previous B7 generation that Audi pushed hard to popularize ...

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    Official: Audi reveals full details and specs for 2013 RS4 Avant
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    Audi has finally gotten around to serving up details on the company's 2013 RS4 Avant. Buyers can look forward to plopping their money down on a wagon with a full 450 horsepower served up by a naturally-aspirated 4.2-liter V8 engine. With 317 pound-feet of torque on hand, the German manufacturer says its new long roof can sprint to 60 mph in a mere 4.7 ...

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    Geneva: 2013 Audi RS4 Avant is the latest behatched forbidden fruit
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    Cadillac admits it only needs to sell a half dozen CTS-V Sport Wagons to cover its development costs. Unfortunately, the same can't be said for the 2013 Audi RS4 Avant. Audi execs have made it clear that its hottest midsize Avant won't be coming to the States anytime soon, so if you're particularly sensitive to forbidden fruit, stop reading now. Like the ...

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    Official: 2012 Audi RS4 Avant hits the 'net with all four wheels
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    Right on schedule, Audi has unleashed a flood of details and images highlighting the 2012 RS4 Avant. We got an early look at the V8-powered wagon due to the nature of the ever-leaky internet, and most everything is just as we had been expecting... sadly including its Euro-only status. Underhood is a 450-horsepower 4.2-liter V8 engine with 317 pound-feet ...

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    2012 Audi RS4 Avant leaks out [UPDATED with official info]
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    Details are scarce, but what you're looking at is the 2012 Audi RS4 Avant, the ultimate V8-powered Euro-only wagon that Audi refuses to offer the good people in the U.S. of A. Powered by the same 4.2-liter V8 fitted to the RS5, output is up around 450 horsepower with 320 pound-feet of torque, allowing the all-wheel-drive super sled to hit 60 mph in ...

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    Report: 2013 Audi RS4 Avant headed to Geneva
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    Downsizing? What downsizing? While rivals may be replacing cylinders with turbochargers – heck, even Audi itself has done that with the twin-turbo V8 succeeding the V10 in the S8 and such – the new RS4 is reportedly on its way in full-fat 4.2-liter V8 FSI trim. The report comes courtesy of AMAG, the importer for Audi in Switzerland, which has ...

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    Spy Shots: Audi RS4 Avant caught on 'Ring with A4 facelift
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    Performance wagons are the securely on the list of items that make our enthusiast hearts go pitter-pat. Sadly, there is a distinct lack of options in this segment, and some of the very best products never make it here to the States. One such long-roof that long ago joined the Forbidden Fruit category is the Audi RS4 Avant, whose successor has been spied ...

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    Report: 2012 Audi A6 to be offered with 2.0T, RS4 not in the cards for U.S.
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    Spy Shots: Audi RS4 Avant caught on the right track
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    Despite the rumors of its demise, the next-generation Audi RS4 appears to be on track (literally) based on this mule that our spy shooters have just spied on Germany's Nürburgring. Seen here testing in the all-too-desirable Avant body style, the next RS4's final design will likely be a bit more aggressive, incorporating a much more pronounced front ...

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    Say It Ain't So: No next-generation Audi RS4?
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    Car and Driver's German correspondent delivered some bad news to enthusiasts with the revelation that the Audi RS4 won't get a "direct successor" because the RS5 is enough for all-wheel drive performance junkies. How the Audi brass came to that conclusion is beyond us – a fighting four door is just as entertaining and vastly more practical than its ...

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    Legalize It: Horchaus federalizing non-U.S. Audis for North America
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    We're going back and forth on this one. Do we file it under "We'll believe it when we see it" or "Pinch me I'm dreaming"? Either way, we get to sub-tag it, "Thank God for rich friends." That's right y'all, Audi is allowing Horchaus, the Canadian distributor MTM, to federalize some special four-ringers for American consumption. These are the real deal, ...

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    Suzuki dresses up a Kizashi for Halloween
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    The boys and girls at Suzuki got into the Halloween spirit and dressed up a new Kizashi to celebrate the day. So what kind of costume would you put on a new sedan that aspires to redefine the company and show that this small carmaker can play with the big boys? Much like a kid who slaps a giant "S" on his chest to transform into a superhero, this ...

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    Miami dealer uses Romero Britto paint job to move old Audi RS4s
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    We know first hand that the current 2008 Audi RS4 is epically awesome, but a new A4 has arrived for 2009 and following that in 2010 will be an all-new RS4 with either a carry-over V8 or supercharged V6. The dilemma for dealers is how to move the current $67,000 super sport sedan when the new ones aren't that far off. An enterprising dealer in Miami has ...

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    Audi RS6 not coming to U.S., RS5 will debut in Detroit
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    Good news and bad news go hand-in-hand, but in this case, it's not entirely unexpected.According to Audi RS6 project manager Jens Koch, the twin-turbocharged V10 sedan won't be coming to the U.S. in its current iteration. Originally, Audi thought that the four-door body style would be more appealing to Stateside consumers rather than the Avant, but ...

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    Audi RS4 to get supercharged V6, R8 V10 to remain NA
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    CAR sat down with a "high-placed Audi source" at the European launch of the Q5 and was able to pry out a few details about the automaker's future products.To begin with, the next RS4 will use a retuned version of the supercharged, 3.0-liter V6 due to be fitted on the next S4. Audi's unnamed engineering mole said that the decision to go with the supercharged ...

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    Review: 2008 Audi RS4 Cabriolet, Quattro GmbH's Stephan Reil
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    Just about the time that a Misano Red 2008 Audi RS4 Cabriolet arrived in the Autoblog Garage, the very last examples of the breed were rolling off the assembly line at the Quattro GmbH facility in Neckarsulm Germany. During my trip to Germany a couple of weeks prior for the launch drive of the new Audi A4 Avant, we had an opportunity to sit down in ...

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