Ragtop joins hot Audi range
Audi New Zealand will sell convertable and station wagon versions of the RS4 alongside the sedan for the first time when the high-performance model comes on stream in late 2006. The sedan arrives in April, the Avant (wagon) in September and the Cabriolet will complete the RS4 family.
The 2006 RS4 gets a 420bhp V8 engine and a six-speed manual transmission. The petrol direct injection motor will rev to 8250rpm.
RS4s will have the latest generation of quattro permanent four-wheel drive and Dynamic Ride Control. In 2001 the first RS4 was available only as an Avant, because of market demand, and Audi sold more than 6000 worldwide in 18 months.
The 2006 RS4 Cabriolet’s seats are its main distinguishing feature. Where the other two body versions have RS bucket seats, the Cabriolet comes with sports seats as standard, though RS buckets can be ordered as an option. The convertible’s electro-hydraulic hood can be opened entirely automatically in 21 seconds. The roof can be operated at up to speeds of 30km/h. The glass rear window is heated to guarantee a clear view to the rear in all weather. The acoustic hood, a standard feature of the RS4 Cabriolet, uses new fabrics of a higher material density and has an additional cushioned mat around the C-post to keep the noise levels inside the car with the hood raised almost on a par with the sedan.
All 2006 RS4s have a ride height 30mm lower than equivalent A4s.
The RS4 V8 displaces 4163cc, and reaches its peak torque of 430Nm at 5500rpm. At least 90 percent of that is available between 2250 and 7600rpm. Audi says the RS4 sedan will accelerate to 100km/h in 4.8 seconds (Avant 4.9 seconds, Cabriolet 4.9 seconds), and 200km/h in 16.6 seconds (16.9 seconds; 17.5 seconds). On all three versions, the speed is governed electronically to 250km/h.
The latest generation of quattro permanent four-wheel drive offers a asymmetric/dynamic torque split of 40 (front axle) to 60 (rear axle) in conjunction with the self-locking centre differential, giving a rear-wheel drive feel. Quattro drive is further enhanced by the DRC suspension system (Dynamic Ride Control), which significantly reduces the rolling and pitching movements of the vehicle about its transverse axis and rear axle.
Floating, perforated, ventilated 365mm brake discs are fitted at the front, 324mm perforated, ventilated discs at the rear. The specifically flow-enhanced brake ventilation incorporates NACA jets on the car’s underbody to ensure optimum cooling.
The RS4 sedan will sell for $159,900, with 19-inch, seven-spoke alloy wheels, RS bucket seats with electric adjustable bolster support and leather and aluminium RS sports steering wheel as standard.