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Say It Ain't So: No next-generation Audi RS4?

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Say It Ain't So: No next-generation Audi RS4?

by Damon Lavrinc (RSS feed) on Dec 20th, 2010 at 9:26AM


Car and Driver's German correspondent delivered some bad news to enthusiasts with the revelation that the Audi RS4 won't get a "direct successor" because the RS5 is enough for all-wheel drive performance junkies. How the Audi brass came to that conclusion is beyond us – a fighting four door is just as entertaining and vastly more practical than its coupe counterpart. Just ask BMW. It was smart enough to offer the E92 M3 in both sedan and coupe form.

In related news, C/D's "Continental" says that the RS6 will live on, likely with a twin-turbocharged V8. Our own sources suggest that engine will displace 4.0 liters and output close to 600 horsepower. So, one out of two ain't bad...



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Audi RS4 May Not Return, Replaced Instead By RS5

By Viknesh Vijayenthiran


December 20th, 2010


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The Audi RS4 holds a magical quality for its fans. A unique balance of price, all-wheel drive performance, and luxury, the RS4 managed to carve out its own niche in the tightly competitive luxury performance marketplace, but despite this it may not see a return during the life of the current-generation B8 model A4.

Downsizing engines and expanding green technologies is the new wave in performance engineering as companies strive to meet toughening fuel economy and emissions regulations on both sides of the Atlantic.

And with Audi’s performance portfolio already consisting of the recently revealed RS3, and U.S.-bound RS5 and TT RS, as well as the R8, a new-generation RS6 and possibly even a new mid-engine model dubbed the R4, there’s very little room for another RS model, especially in these times of environmental consciousness.

Additionally, over the course of the coming years, Audi will start to release its first trickle of all-electric e-tron sports cars, so you can hardly say there’ll be a serious lack of sporty models wearing the Four-Ring badge.

[Car and Driver]



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By Drew Johnson

Those in the market for a compact, fast and German-made sedan have typically had three options – the BMW M3, Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG and the Audi RS4. However, future buyers will likely have to scratch the latter off their shopping list.

According to a report from Car and Driver, Audi has no plans to produce a successor to the RS4 sedan. Although the idea of a practical supercar seems quite appealing, Audi executives feel the RS5 sufficiently covers the market.

Interestingly, BMW will likely follow a similar path with the next-generation M3. The sedan version of the current M3 continues to be a slow seller, which will likely kill the four-door variant for the next go-round.

Fans of fast Audi sedans will have at least one option though as the RS6 is expected to make a return appearance.



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