So, the new Audi RS4: Menacing isn’t it? With a 4.2 litre naturally aspirated V8 producing a whopping 450bhp and a thunderous soundtrack it’s hardly slow. It’s a cold and wet wintery day but this car is right at home. This is what the RS Audis are all about – massive performance in every weather condition.
Where the rivals from BMW and Mercedes fall short with their widow-making rear end issues, the RS4 pulls you through and powers away – though a little understeery at times. The Quattro system works, and works well – especially in these conditions, giving you the confidence to plough your foot into the carpet and enjoy the power (and the noise) whilst remaining planted on the road.
I wasn’t particularly sure what to make of driving it initially as this test car has the optional dynamic steering rack equipped. Other well-published reviews have complained about this feature, claiming that it diminishes the feedback to the driver. I also found this to be the case. In ‘Dynamic’ mode the steering was too artificially heavy and felt numb (here we go again grumbling about the electro-mechanical power steering systems!)
It is a well known fact Audi has the leading edge on mass market interiors. There are subtle giveaways that this is an RS model. The carbon trim inserts for example. Yet, they still manage to make it look like a quality item. The standard RS seats are decent and provide a good amount of support, but I cannot help imagining what the optional Recaros would be like. (Pictured)