2007 Audi RS4 Review

2007-audi-rs4 The 2007 Audi RS4 is a completely irrational car disguised in a compact family sedan body. This car has an absurd amount of power ( 420 hp to be exact ) and gulps copious amounts of fuel every time you step on the gas. It also costs nearly seventy thousand dollars. Ouch.

The RS4 is, of course, based on the popular Audi A4. Audi has a souped-up version of the A4 already, called the S4. The RS4 is even more extreme, and less apologetic. With 420 ponies on tap, and AWD to make sure the wheels don’t spin, the RS4 launches with ease, and rather like it’s being launched from the world’s largest slingshot. The engine sounds goes from mildly tame to absolutely wicked.

I don’t often call a $70k car a good buy, but the RS4 is close. The power and handling are world-class, without question. The styling is still too tame for me though… if I’m spending $70 grand, I’d like to think I’d get some more looks. The RS4 definitely won’t do that for you.

2007 Audi RS4 Specs
  • 420 HP 4.2 liter V8
  • 6 speed manual transmission
  • EPA Gas Mileage: 14 mpg city / 21 mpg highway
2007 Audi RS4 Reviews

Kicking Tires reviews the 2007 Audi RS4 and writes – ‘Unlike the S6 I gave the DINK treatment to a few months ago, the RS4 really does live to leave the line. I unintentionally left every car that pulled next to me at a red light saying “What was that yellow blur?” I wasn’t even trying that hard, that’s just how the RS4 is made. I don’t think I’ve dealt with a more addicting short shifter, either. It’s one of the few I can think of where you can make your shifts without lifting your arm off the armrest.’

The Detroit News reviews the 2007 Audi RS4 and writes – ‘Let’s not mix messages here. The RS4 does indeed carry a stiff price, but you’re paying for performance, on several fronts, and not necessarily the ritzy amenities. But let’s talk a few numbers. With that lovely 4.2-liter V-8 under the hood and a smooth six-speed manual gearbox, this little four-door rockets from rest to 60 miles an hour in less than five seconds. Now that’s mighty quick. And it handles like a track car — razor-sharp steering, superb ride control and terrific brakes.’

Autobytel reviews the 2007 Audi RS4 and writes – ‘On the way to and from Willow Springs, we had a chance to evaluate the Audi RS 4 in more traditional circumstances, on highways and back roads where the majority of buyers would spend their time. Impressions were much the same as on the track, though we came to fully appreciate the easy clutch in heavy traffic and enjoyed decent visibility thanks to the small rear quarter windows. At these slower speeds, the S-mode button made the exhaust noticeably louder at higher revs, though the quickened throttle response was a bust unless engineers actually intended to give the car a too-sensitive pedal. S mode works great while flogging the RS 4 on the track, but around town it has little benefit. Body roll on and off the track was almost nonexistent, and while hard to notice barreling along on the big track at Willow Springs, a jaunt on the highway unveiled a decidedly stiff ride and some unruly wind noise from the top of the windshield.’

Car and Driver reviews the 2007 Audi RS4 and writes – ‘The car’s versatility makes it easy to drive. The engine feels light and happy to spin, and the gear lever is fluid and accurate in your right hand, even when you’re looking for a fast second-to-third shift at the redline. Although the controls are damped and mostly isolated from vibration and shock, they retain enough immediacy to make the car a wicked freeway slalom performer. The engine is never in the wrong gear, and the RS 4 is always an extension of the driver’s hands and feet.’

Automobile Mag reviews the 2007 Audi RS4 and writes – ‘That’s all well and good, but it doesn’t change the fact that the V-8’s noise keeps blowing your mind. Although vaguely fussy and sewing-machine-like at idle, it turns into a deep-throated growl in the middle rev ranges and a muted howl past six grand. That’s before you hit the little S button on the dash. Tap it, and a valve opens in each side of the twin-pipe exhaust, engaging freer-flowing muffler chambers. What was a subdued, guttural thrumming suddenly becomes a glorious crescendo. It sounds like an angry, drunken bear being shot from a cannon.’

Karl on Cars reviews the 2007 Audi RS4 and has this to say – ‘This is one of those cars with powers that border on ludicrous. It’s not the 420 horsepower, 4.5 second zero-to-60 time or .89Gs of lateral grip that make it nonsensical, it’s the ability to do all this while carrying four passengers, weighing almost 4,000 lbs and providing all-wheel-grip during inclement weather. I happen to be driving it during the latter, which initially had me quite frustrated. Then I realized that driving the car during varying levels of rainfall was the best possible environment for uncovering its advantages over comparable sport sedans. Sure enough, I was soon piloting the car nearly as aggressively as I would on bone dry pavement (how many other sport sedans can I say that about?).’

Published on June 21, 2007 in Audi

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