Self-assured and highly functional
In its design, the Audi RS 4 combines superior function with equally superior aesthetic looks: at very first sight, this outstanding car makes a clear pledge to uncompromising, ultimate performance. In particular, the RS 4 demonstrates its enormous power and performance potential where such qualities really count, thus boasting features such as:
The sporty and aesthetic look borne out so clearly by this exceptional saloon is combined with an equally high level of functionality.
Large intake openings at the front end of the RS 4 guarantee optimum cooling of the V8 FSI power unit, widely flared wheel arches offering ample space for the 18-inch wheels featured as standard. With its wider cross-section, the twin-chamber exhaust system ensures a smooth flow of combustion gases with resistance reduced to a minimum. And last but not least, the entire body lowered by a significant 30 millimetres versus the Audi A4 allows an even higher level of lateral acceleration and excellent driving dynamics.
Despite this uncompromising pledge to sporty performance, the new RS 4 clearly shows its close relationship with the Audi A4: The striking single-frame radiator grille and the sweeping lines of the headlights carried over from the Nuvolari prototype all accentuate the family heritage of the new RS 4.
Audi offers the new RS 4 in no less than nine exterior colours ranging from discreet Avus Silver all the way to brilliant Imola Yellow. And through Audi's virtually unrestricted exclusive customisation program, quattro GmbH offers even the most discerning customer a virtually unlimited range of individual colours and combinations.
The premium sports car through and through
Premium quality typical of Audi, combined with the sporting performance naturally expected by the demanding purchaser, upgrades the interior of the RS 4 to the highest standard. Indeed, right from the start when getting into the car you notice immediately that you are entering sports car country of the highest level of excellence.
The bucket seats with their high-rising side sections give your body excellent security at the side further enhanced by special seat side cushions on the front-seat backrests. These cushions can be inflated individually by means of two control buttons on the seat or by pressing the sports button on the steering wheel and thus align themselves perfectly to the driver's anatomy. A further special feature is the sports button serving to modify the map control line of the gas pedal for an even higher standard of engine responsiveness and an even more sportier sound from the exhaust system. The RS bucket seats are available either in full leather throughout or in a combination of leather and cloth. Thoroughbred sports seats are available as an option.
The attention to detail Audi gives to its cars comes out clearly in the choice and finish of the materials used, the interior being dominated by exquisite leather, aluminium, and carbon. The steering wheel tapered at the bottom developed exclusively for the Audi RS 4 is covered almost throughout by perforated leather. Carbon trim appliqués inside the car serve to additionally accentuate the sporting qualities of the RS 4, with a wide range of further trim options providing almost unlimited freedom of choice (Piano finish black, Fine grain myrtle nutmeg, aluminium matt).
The cockpit in RS design incorporates a lap timer in the driver information system, thus offering useful assistance for the really ambitious driver of the RS 4 trying out his car on the race track.
The driver information system welcomes the driver upon entering the car with the exclusive RS welcoming logo. And reflecting the tradition of a genuine sports car, the eight-cylinder power unit starts at the touch of a button.
This starter button integrated in the centre console is indeed a further reminiscence to motorsport, an area where Audi has been so successful in recent years. And yet another feature carried over from motorsport are the aluminium pedals which are not only most appropriate for a car of the calibre of the RS 4, but also very efficient in the further reduction of weight.
Superior traction in every situation
The safety package Audi has put together for the RS 4 is both comprehensive and highly sophisticated. Particular attention was given in the development of this high-performance saloon to the overriding need for active driving safety. With quattro permanent four-wheel drive offering more traction in a critical situation to begin with than a conventional drive system ever could, variable power distribution to the two axles now enhances this benefit to an even higher standard than before.
The Audi RS 4 also comes with the latest generation of Audi's electronic stability program, ESP 8. Geared specifically to the RS 4, this superior stabilisation function consistently balances out the car by intervening specifically on the individual brakes. In addition, it comprises ABS, electronic brake-force distribution EBD, the electronic differential lock EDL and ASR traction control. The dry braking function also integrated in the ESP system ensures even better brake performance and stopping power on wet roads, the brake pads being placed against the brake discs almost unnoticeably to the driver in regular intervals to remove water and keep the brakes dry for immediate action whenever required.
The tyre pressure monitoring system is also featured as standard, sensors on the wheels measuring air pressure in intervals of three seconds. In the event of an acute loss of pressure, the driver information system gives the driver both a visual warning sign and an acoustic warning.
Extra-large brakes ensure stopping power quite comparable to that of a thoroughbred sports car. The cross-drilled, inner-vented brake discs measure 365 millimetres in diameter at the front, and 324 millimetres in diameter at the rear.
Flow-optimised ventilation geometry incorporating special Naca jets ensures optimum cooling of the brakes, literally preventing even the slightest fading also under extreme loads (i.e. very high temperatures). With the brakes coming in floating configuration, frictional heat is kept away from the wheel bearings to avoid any distortion and brake "studder".
Passive safety of the highest standard
Passive safety was also given particular attention in the development of the RS 4. The stiff body structure, deformation behaviour with perfect harmony of all features, the most advanced restraint systems such as new two-stage frontal airbags, and, finally, the sideguard head airbag system ensure occupant protection of the highest standard. The head airbag system at the side covers almost the entire side window area from the A pillars all the way to the C/D-pillars. The airbags themselves are inflated by a hybrid gas generator subsequently maintaining airbag pressure for several seconds in the interest of ongoing protection.
Given these qualities, sideguard provides significant protection even in a secondary collision with the car subsequently rolling over after the initial impact. And in conjunction with the new RS bucket seats, the belt system offers such a high standard of safety and restraint in a collision from the side that the RS 4 does not even require side airbags in order to meet the strictest crash standards and requirements.
The floor assembly, finally, provides a safe and sturdy foundation, extra-large sills with an aluminium profile inside serving, together with stable crossbars, to transmit and, respectively, absorb impact energy in a specific, predetermined process.