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Audi RS 4 Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 4.2 L V 8-cylinder
  • Drivetrain All Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 6-speed Manual
  • Horse Power 420 hp @ 7500 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 13/20 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats Yes

Review of the 2007 Audi RS 4

  • Faster than an M3. Heavier than an M6. More expensive than two Evos. The 2007 Audi RS 4 is still incredible to drive.

  • Safety
  • Pros

    World-class engine, superb ride/handling balance, strong brakes, very supportive seats.

  • Cons

    Very expensive, weighs nearly 2 tons, smallish rear seat accommodations.

  • What's New for 2007

    The 2007 Audi RS 4 is a new, ultra-performance version of the A4 sedan. Highlights include a 420-horsepower V8, a six-speed manual gearbox and all-wheel drive with a 40/60 front-to-rear torque split.

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Customer Reviews

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6 of 6 people found this review helpful

Unbelievveable package

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Vehicle: 2007 Audi RS 4 quattro 4dr Sedan AWD (4.2L 8cyl 6M)

The ride, look, performance, it is all there! Audi hit a very HIGH point with this car and subsequent automobiles will be hard to out perform. The RS 4 has 2 weak point that I will mention later but overall the car is REALLY sweet. I used to own a M3 and this car (as a total package) outshines it in handling, daily driving and ICE (In-Car Entertainment). Notables: Brakes, V8 engine and exhaust note, crisp handling as well as balanced ride, short throw shifter and Quattro! If you add an aftermarket exhaust (like my car has) it will make it sound like angry RS 4 (which is maybe the way it could have come from the factory).



2 of 2 people found this review helpful

Total package

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Vehicle: 2007 Audi RS 4 quattro 4dr Sedan AWD (4.2L 8cyl 6M)

Great car. It really is a great package, sports car performance with room for 5. Though the rear seats are tight, there fine for my 3 younger children. Great performace, engine, brakes, handling, does all very well. I like the 08 M3 coupe, but it only seats 4, and the 08 M3 sedan looks too much like a plain 3 series. Audi hit a bulls eye with styling for a 4 door car. Bulging wheel flares remind me of a mid 1980's 911 Turbo. Audi builds a great car, and the RS4 is a total package of performance, quality, and style.



2 of 2 people found this review helpful

Bulletproof

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Vehicle: 2007 Audi RS 4 quattro 4dr Sedan AWD (4.2L 8cyl 6M)

It is difficult to find any fault with this extremely well engineered car. Its DRC offers a very compliant ride when desired, but stiffens in the corners for confident handling in aggressive mode. The engine is superb and an aftermarket exhaust system (several are available) actually makes meaningfully more power. Its redline is 8250 rpm and it is a joy to drive with smoothly delivered power across the rpm range. Winter handling with winter tires is exceptional and the car is on rails in hard packed snow. The design is distinctive even compared to current model A4s. Perhaps the only thing that I would change is the seat height, which does not lower sufficiently for me (I am 6').




Great car.

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Vehicle: 2007 Audi RS 4 quattro 4dr Sedan AWD (4.2L 8cyl 6M)

Coming from an 2005 S4, my 07 RS4 is a completely different beast. Has more power, much better suspension, looks better, feels better, just a better car and yes you pay for it. However, I would like to see more power because people who buy RS4s crave power and 420hp just isn't enough once you get used to it.




An amazing car

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Vehicle: 2007 Audi RS 4 quattro 4dr Sedan AWD (4.2L 8cyl 6M)

I would have to say that this car is the most practical performance saloon on the market today. The amount of power you get from that 4.2litre V8 is astonishing. The handling far surpasses anything else in this range. Audis of old used to be really nose heavy and the understeer alot, but with this one you really have the confidence to shove it into the bends. I think this car is better than an M3.




Sick, sick ride

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Vehicle: 2007 Audi RS 4 quattro 4dr Sedan AWD (4.2L 8cyl 6M)

This car is just ridiculous! You can carry a family comfortably in it and still will blow ANYONE off the line. I had an S4 before this and it's well worth the investment. The best way to describe this car is an S4 on steroids. I haven't had any problems with this car and didn't have any with my S4 either. Take care of the car and it will take care of you for sure. No one ever needs a car this fast, but why not have it anyway.



Full 2007 Audi RS 4 Review

What's New for 2007

The 2007 Audi RS 4 is a new, ultra-performance version of the A4 sedan. Highlights include a 420-horsepower V8, a six-speed manual gearbox and all-wheel drive with a 40/60 front-to-rear torque split.

Introduction

With the current crop of ultra-performance sedans coming out of Germany, Audi has typically been left in the shadows of the AMG products from Mercedes-Benz and the M products from BMW. Now, with the 2007 Audi RS 4, the folks from Ingolstadt show they are serious about making a mark in this prestigious segment.

Essentially an S4 taken to a higher level, the Audi RS 4 has an even more powerful V8, bigger brakes, a more sporting chassis and exclusive interior trim. It also has a much higher price tag. Subtle yet powerful design differences, such as aggressively flared wheel openings, a discrete deck lid spoiler and 19-inch, double-spoke wheels separate the RS 4 from the S4.

In addition to the car's 420-horsepower V8, Audi's well-developed quattro all-wheel-drive system gives the RS 4 an edge over its rear-drive rivals. Sure, traction control and stability control (which of course come on the RS 4 as well) will help the competition in bad weather. But nothing can equal the grip and control all-wheel drive provides on slippery pavement.

For all the important yardsticks by which an ultra-performance sedan is measured, the Audi RS 4 does itself proud. Acceleration, braking, cornering and ride quality are all superb. And while there's no doubt its price tag is significantly large, for driving enthusiasts who live where the rain and snow sometimes fall, the RS 4 is the only way to fly.

Body Styles, Trim Levels, and Options

The 2007 Audi RS 4 is a compact ultra-performance sedan that's based on the S4 performance sedan, which in turn is based on the A4 entry-level luxury/sport sedan. Standard features include 19-inch wheels with 255/35 high-performance tires, Dynamic Ride Control suspension, bi-HID headlights, Recaro sport seats with power adjustment, and front seat heaters. Napa leather upholstery, carbon-fiber cabin trim, dual-zone automatic climate control, a 10-speaker audio system with six-disc CD changer, a sunroof and rear park assist are also standard. A premium package is optional and includes auto-dimming mirrors, a navigation system, an upgraded Bose audio system with Sirius satellite radio, heated rear seats, Homelink, a power rear sunshade and Bluetooth capability.

Powertrains and Performance

A 4.2-liter V8 engine powers the Audi RS 4. Equipped with direct fuel injection and sporting a 12.5:1 compression ratio, this powerhouse makes 420 horsepower and 317 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed manual gearbox (the only transmission offered) sends the power to all four wheels through Audi's quattro all-wheel-drive system, which has a 40/60 front-to-rear power split in this application. During instrumented testing conducted by Inside Line, an RS 4 shot to 60 mph in 4.7 seconds and ran the quarter-mile in 13.2 seconds at nearly 107 mph.

Safety

Highlights of the cabin include Recaro seats with 12-way power adjustment, carbon-fiber trim on the dash and doors, and contrasting piping on the napa leather upholstery. Fine fit and finish, an Audi hallmark, are evident throughout. To allow cargo flexibility, the rear seat is a split-folding design that also incorporates a "ski sack" so long, skinny items can be transported inside the car while still carrying four passengers.

Interior Design and Special Features

Stability control, antilock brakes with brake assist, front seat-mounted side airbags and full-length head curtain airbags are all standard on the 2007 Audi RS 4. Official crash tests have not been performed on the RS 4, but one could assume with fair confidence that its scores would be similar to those of the regular A4 sedan.

Driving Impressions

With more than 400 horsepower and the grip of all-wheel drive, the RS 4 has no problem catapulting itself off the line or out of a corner. With a broad torque spread, there's always power on tap. Apart from the incredible acceleration, the RS 4 makes a strong showing in the braking and handling departments. Through the curves, the RS 4 is a composed master despite is hefty curb weight. Inside Line testers recorded a slalom speed of 70.6 mph, which puts the RS 4 in an elite circle of cars with four doors. Confidence and grip from the front tires are superb, balance is good and steering feel at speed is better than any Audi car we've ever driven.

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Gas Mileage

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  • 20
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