03 SPE­CIAL RS4 FORE­BEARS

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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.

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