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Old 12-21-2017, 09:14 PM
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For some strange reason, I really like that dark green color.
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I'm on no rush, but when the time comes...
I think that either monsoon grey or volcano red or white will be my choices for the S4

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The thing about the A4 that shocked me when I tested it is just how damn fast it is. That 2.0T is a little beast. Anyone would take that over an anemic V6 with a bunch less torque.
Agreed. I had an A4 as a rental back in September and it was fast AF. Surprisingly fast at least. The boost is addicting.

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For some strange reason, I really like that dark green color.
Same. They even have this color on the Golf R that I've been eyeing up.

Unfortunately it's not available on NA market cars.
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I'm on no rush, but when the time comes...
I think that either monsoon grey or volcano red or white will be my choices for the S4

I'd f those tail pipes..
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Volcano Red just speaks to me...
missed out on one private sale 2013 in Manual with Sport diff for $27K.
I'll be on the lookout
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https://www.topgear.com/car-reviews/.../first-drive-0

You’re giving that thing the best possible chance aren’t you?
Guess so. It’s the Audi RS4. What supercars would be if they acknowledged real life existed. Tested not on some blissful summer day along dream-like exotic routes, but on cold damp British back-roads.

Its vastly muscular turbo torque, four-wheel drive and glassy view out should put it head and shoulders above pretty much anything that relies on just two tyres to engage the engine with the roadway.

Remind me. How much engine?
It’s a new 444bhp effort – very similar in power to the revvy old V8, but this time it has twin turbos, which squeeze all that power from just 2.9 litres and six pistons. The torque figure is 442lb ft from just 1,900rpm.

How does that work out?
Mostly it’s a humdinger. For overtaking or blasting out of a roundabout, just aim foot at carpet. It’ll drop a gear then simply catapult away. In the mid-ranges the sound is a rather honeyed blare, an enjoyably old-school noise from such a modern engine.

It is, however, imperfect. Despite all its modernity (hot-V turbo position, twin blowers, variable inlet lift) the throttle response is pretty sleepy. Say you’re rounding an unknown corner, and the vision opens ahead of you. You want power, and you want it now. What you get instead is t…urbo lag.

One solution is to pull it into a gear lower and use big revs, because above about 4,500rpm, the problem is largely gone. But then you crash into the red-line at just 6,300rpm, so that’s not really a solution.

Still, with all that traction you’ll still be making progress?
Oh yes. But just going crazy-fast isn’t really what a sporty car should be about. Indeed in Britain, speed isn’t the point these days. What matters is flow and feel and confidence.

Any of those then?
Confidence to the point of swagger. That’s the Quattro thing. It flows fluidly along too. The engine is lighter than the old V8, and the sport rear differential vectors the torque to pivot the car into a bend.

It’s very nicely balanced in corners, and when those puffers leap into wakefulness, it sets into very subtle but satisfying oversteer. Feel? Through the seat, yes. Through the steering wheel, not really. It’s a command-and-control apparatus, with little two-way intimacy.

Which of the chassis options did that car have?
Good question. Only 20-inch wheels, over the standard 19s. No dynamic ride control (2,000). No loud ‘sports’ exhaust (1,250). No active steering (950). No ceramic brakes (6,000).

Did you miss them?
Not really. So that’s a total of 10,200 well saved.

The ride is actually as pliant as a not-too-extreme hot-hatchback’s, bearable in town and on motorways. I was on bumpy roads so I didn’t need the sharper ‘sports’ damper setting the dynamic system would have given me. This is Britain – the turbulence was already enough to set Audi’s famously well-attached cabin fittings into a bit of a twitter.

The RS4’s optional Dynamic steering, unusually, locks into a constant ratio in its dynamic setting, which should avoid the unnatural feel such systems usually have. Really then it’s just there to moderate urban wheel-twirling in its ‘comfort’ setting. Not needed.

Ceramic brakes might be good for track work or coming fully loaded down an alp. For solo driving along B-roads in Northants, on the other hand, I certainly didn’t feel deprived.

An estate should be an all-round car. Is this an all-round good drive?
The chassis suits the unpredictable grip of the four seasons, and can take the British rough with the smooth. That feeling of unquenchable confidence is a wonderful everyday asset. The powertrain is mostly magnificent too, especially on roads you know, when right-foot anticipation can cancel out the turbo lag.

And Audi doesn’t muck up the estate part of things. All the space and practicality is taken care of with ruthless excellence, and bestows you some delightful details too. The cabin materials, the driver controls, the connectivity and the interfaces are all exemplary too. Audi, as ever, has that stuff nailed.

Not to mention that wonderful old RS Avant trick of looking like the mechanicals are one size too big for the body. So the statics of the RS4 Avant are most wantable. On most days – and in many conditions – the dynamics are the same.
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It's beautiful, but while I lust for an S4, I'm not sure I'm that much more interested in the RS4. I love the hatch, though.
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Old 02-09-2018, 08:26 PM
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That, too.
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Kinda sucks that the left hand drive layout has the drive select buttons so far from the driver. Kind of odd that Audi didn’t mirror image those controls.
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Old 07-06-2018, 11:00 AM
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https://www.carscoops.com/2018/07/20...rs-model-ever/

If you can afford something like Audi‘s latest RS4 and you equally value performance and practicality, then this might just be the perfect car for you.

On paper, the RS4’s only true rival is the Mercedes-AMG C 63 Estate, since it’s the only one that features the same body style as the Audi, whereas the BMW M3/M4 doesn’t. Same with the Alfa Giulia Quadrifoglio, by the way.

What’s interesting though is that both the C 63 Estate as well as its ‘S’ sibling have more power than the RS4. The C63 Estate is good for 476 PS (469 HP), whereas the S version has 510 PS (503 HP). Meanwhile, the Audi, with its 450 PS (444 HP), happens to rely on quattro all-wheel drive when accelerating, which on paper makes it just as fast as the previously mentioned C63 S Estate flagship, despite a 60 PS (59 HP) disadvantage.

In a straight line, both the AMG as well as the RS4 are said to hit 100 km/h (62 mph) in 4.1 seconds. However, it would seem as though the Audi might be even quicker than advertised.

During a 0-60 mph (96 km/h) acceleration test performed by Carwow, the 2019 Audi RS4 managed to hit the mark in just 3.5 seconds, which would presumably still make it quicker to 62 mph (100 km/h) than most of us would have thought.

Of course, speed isn’t the only thing that matters when it comes to the RS4. This in-depth review covered everything from practicality to build quality, on-board tech and driving dynamics. The reviewer even went as far as to claim that this is Audi’s best-ever RS car.
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Old 07-06-2018, 11:13 AM
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Old 07-07-2018, 01:02 PM
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They are really making some cutting edge design with those headlights...
wow.
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Meaning you'd never buy one... What the hell would you mod then?!
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Obviously RS4 will be faster from 0-60... what will happen when from a roll against the C63? I dont think RS4 will win....
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Obviously RS4 will be faster from 0-60... what will happen when from a roll against the C63? I dont think RS4 will win....
The bigger question is against an RLX with upgraded wheels.

How badly will the RS4 lose. By 234526 miles?
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Old 07-15-2018, 04:26 PM
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The bigger question is against an RLX with upgraded wheels.

How badly will the RS4 lose. By 234526 miles?
Tires NOT wheels, Yummy! You KNOW better!
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Tires NOT wheels, Yummy! You KNOW better!
Right right right...!


Sorry.
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Old 07-16-2018, 02:58 PM
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The bigger question is against an RLX with upgraded wheels.

How badly will the RS4 lose. By 234526 miles?
Even asking that question is disrespectful to the RLX with upgraded tires......
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Even asking that question is disrespectful to the RLX with upgraded tires......


That's why I'm getting an Owdee instead of the RLX cuz I don't deserve the latter.



I attempted to march into the dealership to make a bid on the RLX and I was escorted off the premises.
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So *that's* why they only sell a couple hundred per year!!!
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So *that's* why they only sell a couple hundred per year!!!
It's like the Ferrar LaFerrari, man. You have to be qualified AND invited to buy it.
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The bigger question is against an RLX with upgraded wheels.

How badly will the RS4 lose. By 234526 miles?
RLX wins based on door latches alone.
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Dearly beloved, we are gathered here today to mourn the death of the stick shift in Audi’s lineup. Felled by ever-better automatics and dual-clutch transmissions and, most of all, apathetic buyers, the manual gearbox bows out on the 2018 Audi A4. For this somber occasion, Audi’s giving us a special edition A4 with a stick shift, and if you’re gonna get any new A4, make it this one.

This is the 2018 A4 Ultra Sport. If that sounds familiar, congrats, you probably remember the Ultra Sport edition on the B6 A4 of the 2000s. Like that car, it’s kind of a Diet Coke version of the S4. As the Audi Club of North America reports and as Audi has confirmed, only 40 of these will be made, all in identical Quantum Gray paint and all with manual gearboxes.

They come also with a nice suite of equipment, including a flat-bottom steering wheel, an adaptive sport suspension, special five-spoke wheels, Bang & Olufsen 3D sound, LED headlights, something called “dynamic steering” and some carbon fiber exterior tweaks.

All this, for an additional $6,800 over the A4's usual $36,000 base price. Power, as usual, comes from a 2.0-liter turbo four with 252 horsepower.

If you’re sad about the death of the manuals, remember, we did this to ourselves. They’re even dead in Germany. From the club’s report:

The reality of today’s car market is that the fierce loyalty for manual transmission models simply doesn’t translate in sales. With the B9-generation, Audi AG permitted the USA and UK to retain the manual configuration in these cars even though they didn’t choose to do so in their home market of Germany.

Audi of America President Scott Keogh told club members at the recent Audi Club Nationals in Seattle that in order to get the manual approved for A4 and A5, he’d promised that transmission would account for 10-12% of sales. In reality, Keogh shared that manuals accounted for just 2-3%. Given such declining numbers, Germany could no longer justify its continuation.
The club says all these are believed to be at port currently, so those excited about it should contact their dealerships and put in an order ASAP. Is it the hottest, sexiest way to send out the manual transmission? No, not at all.

But if you’re going to lay claim to owning one of the last manual Audis ever, you could do worse. Plenty of collectors and everyday enthusiasts will be all over it.


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It will be worth a pretty penny if kept in good shape, even five years from now. Because you won’t get one anywhere else.

I wonder if the 6MT will make an enthusiast only resurgence, a decade from now.
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I hope some of these manufacturers would at least offer stick... as an option.. like you know $2000 option like it used to be for the automatic. That is ok with me too.
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Too much cost for not enough return. I suspect we'll see the MT relegated to a particular set of cars.
I can't see cars like the Miata, BRZ/GT86, Mini (though when I looked, there aren't many manuals around), Mustang/Camaro; going to an AT only model.

But, who would've thought that the PDK would become the primary choice in the 911.
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That’s because most Porsches are driven by cucks. Not at all surprised.
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Rich people are too lazy to shift.
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1 of 40, +$6800 price... so impossible to get, really. Sad that Audi has to be scratched off the list.
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https://www.motor1.com/news/293242/a...on-spy-photos/

New bumpers, doors, and fenders should be underneath the camouflage.

[UPDATE, December 11] 19 new spy shots have been added at the beginning of the gallery, below.

Audi launched the 2019 model year of the A4 sedan and wagon in Europe in June this year with a facelift that brought only minor visual revisions. Less than six months later, we have the first spy photos of the A4 Avant being prepared for another refresh. This time around, it will be much more significant, at least in terms of design.

As you can see in the attached gallery below, the entire lower part of this prototype's body is disguised and there’s a pretty good reason for that. Our spy photographers told us the A4 Avant will carry over with the same roofline, windows, and door openings, but will use new doors, fenders, grilles, and bumpers. This approach should help the car retain its overall shape, but will give it a newer and sharper look thanks to the reshaped body parts.

The massive exhaust tips integrated into the rear bumper might trick you to believe this is the performance RS4 version, but the shape of the pipes and the humble bumper design reveals it’s the regular A4. Speaking of performance, no major changes are expected under the hood as the A4 will continue to use the same range of turbocharged gasoline and diesel engines. These will be tweaked to meet the latest emissions standards though.

According to preliminary information, the interior should also get big improvements, including the latest versions of Audi’s infotainment system and digital instrument cluster. Some of the new or revised functions will be sourced from the new A6.

Given the relatively recent launch of the 2019 A4 and A4 Avant, we expect to see the facelifted model towards the end of next year. Most likely, the brand with the four rings will use the Frankfurt show in September 2019 to introduce the model to the media and prospective buyers.


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Pretty minor changes to the front end... new lights and lower grill.

Interior changes sound to be much more significant.
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