03 SPECIAL RS4 FOREBEARS
B5 AUDI RS4 AVANT (1999-2001)
WHILE the RS2 might be genesis for bonkers Audi Avants, the original RS4 utilised a twin-turbo V6. The 2.7-litre unit, co-developed with Cosworth, produced a healthy 279kW and could hit 100km/h in 4.9sec. Demand was double Audi’s expectations.
B7 AUDI RS4 (2006-2008)
THE ONLY generation to spawn a sedan and droptop variant, the B7 RS4 also introduced the soulful direct-injection, naturally aspirated V8 – you could also have a manual ’box. The 4.2-litre eight produced 309kW and a 4.8sec 0-100km/h time.
B8 AUDI RS4 AVANT (2012-2015)
RETURNING to an Avant exclusively (the RS5 coupe and convertible shared the same drivetrain), the B8 carried over the vocal V8, but upped the power to 331kW. The hard-launching S tronic dual-clutch afforded a 0-100km/h time of 4.7sec.