The Audi RS4 is one of the meaner machines you can plunk your hard-earned money down on. 420 horses out of Audi's high-revving 4.2L FSI V8 will do that (especially when combined with the car's particularly muscular aural signature). As we already reported, US residents finally get their shot at the droptop version of the RS4, and Audi of America has come clean with the pricing. If you want the RS4 Cabriolet, you'll need to part with $81,900 plus a $775 destination charge and a to-be-determined gas-guzzler tax. Oh, and that V8 doing the guzzling is only available mated to a 6-speed manual and the quattro AWD system.
In return for that not-insignificant sum, you get an RS4 minus two doors and a roof (all the better to appreciate the raucous goings-on at the car's exhaust tips), plus loads of standard convenience/luxury equipment like the (excellent) Audi Music Interface, which provides full iPod integration via the car's nav screen and MMI controller. 81 grand represents a hefty premium over the RS4 sedan's $66K price, but it comes with exclusivity -- Audi's only planning to import 300 or so to the US -- and for some of the car's buyers, the open-air experience alone might justify the cost. No worries for Audi, regardless. They'll sell 'em all.
[Source: Audi of America]
Audi Announces 2008 RS 4 Cabriolet Pricing and Equipment
AUBURN HILLS, Mich., June 25 -- Audi of America, Inc. announced today the pricing of its RS 4 Cabriolet model at $81,900. The destination charge will be $775, and the gas guzzler tax will be determined prior to arrival at U.S. showrooms in fall 2007.
Because of its limited production, RS 4 Cabriolet will only be offered with standard equipment, including navigation system plus, preparation for mobile phone (Bluetooth(R)), SIRIUS(R) satellite radio, Bose(R) sound system, heated front and rear seats, memory function for driver seat and exterior mirrors, bi-xenon adaptive headlamps, rear parking system, acoustic convertible top, HomeLink(R) garage/gate opener, auto dimming exterior mirrors, auto dimming interior rear-view mirror with integrated compass, rain and light sensor with "coming home" feature, color driver information system, iPod(R) glovebox interface (no-cost option in place of standard 6-CD changer), brushed aluminum decorative inlays (no-cost option in place of RS 4 carbon fiber decorative inlays).
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 transmission 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 high-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 disc brake rotors.
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