A 4.2-liter direct injection V8 FSI engine produces an astounding 420 hp at 7800 rpm, and 317 ft.-lbs. of torque at 6000 rpm. This high-revving V8, in conjunction with a standard six-speed manual transmission and quattro all-wheel drive with a rear-based dynamic asymmetrical torque split, allows the RS 4 to run from 0-60 mph in a mere 4.8 seconds.
Standard 19-inch alloy wheels with 255/35 performance tires, a sport suspension with Dynamic Ride Control (DRC), and a 1.5-inch wider track than S4 ensure that the RS 4 has high levels of grip for every situation. Massive brake rotors measuring 14.4-inch in front with 8 piston calipers, and 12.8-inch one piston type in the rear, easily bring the RS 4 to a halt from any speed.
Standard equipment on the RS 4 includes such luxury items as power glass sunroof, dual-zone automatic climate control, Silk Nappa leather sport seats with power adjustments for the front passengers, heated front seats (front and rear standard in Canada), multicolor information display with integrated lap timer, rear parktronic, carbon fiber interior trim, and adaptive Bi-Xenon headlights.
There will be one option package for the 2007 RS 4. The $4,700 Premium Package includes DVD-based Navigation and a six-disc CD changer, Homelink®, auto dimming interior and exterior mirrors and compass, driver’s side seat and mirror memory, rain sensor for wipers, upgraded Bose sound system with Sirius satellite radio, Bluetooth connectivity, heated rear seats, power rear and manual side sun shades. Rear side air bags are a stand alone option for $350.
Should a prospective RS 4 owner wish to personalize their RS 4, Audi will also offer the ability to replace the carbon fiber interior trim with brushed aluminum trim.
The 2007 RS 4 will arrive in showrooms in June.