RS4 Avant Clone is The Closest You Can Get in the US

B7 Audi RS4 Avant Wagon Clone For Sale

Inside and out, this B7 Avant is a full-fledge RS4 clone. This Cars and Bids auction is the closest you’ll get to a B7 RS4 for a decade!

The B7 Audi RS4 Avant is an iconic staple of the fearsome four rings’ timeline. What’s not to love? A six-speed manual transmission and a 4.2-liter V8 that makes 420 horsepower and 317 pound-feet of torque.  Couple that with the practicalities of a wagon and Audi’s legendary Quattro all-wheel-drive system, and you’ve got yourself a winner. Come to think of it, though; there is one thing we don’t love about it. See, Audi never sold the B7 RS4 in the US. We’re sure you’re aware, and we promise this article’s point is not simply to add salt to that open wound. Instead, we have great news. Right now, there’s a chance for US Audi enthusiasts to get an authentic taste of the B7 RS4 lifestyle. Furthermore, this car is 100% US legal and ready to rock.

This 2008 Audi S4 Avant is currently listed on Cars and Bids. However, this particular wagon is a whole lot more than an S4. This car is a meticulous recreation of an RS4. It has a full drivetrain swap, meaning instead of the standard affair S4 V8 engine with 340 horsepower, it has an authentic RS4 engine making the full-fledged 420 horsepower. It doesn’t stop at just the drivetrain, either. This thing has hours and hours of love and care put into it. As such, though, it’s not going to come cheap. At the time of writing, this auction has five days remaining and already carries a bid of over $50,000.

Interior B7 RS4 swapped S4 Leather bucket seats

The RS4 Conversion Doesn’t Stop at the engine

While the drivetrain swap in itself is impressive, it’s far from telling the whole story of this conversion. If you open the doors, you’ll find that this car also has a full-blown RS4 interior swap. Of course, this includes the gorgeous and sporty Euro-spec leather bucket seats. Heated, of course. Additionally, it has Euro-spec RS4 door cards, a TTRS flat-bottom steering wheel, SRP pedals, and a weighted shift knob.

Other upgrades include an RS4 steering rack, KW V3 coilovers, Brembo GT front rotors, EBC brake pads, and 034Motorsports adjustable control arms, both upper and lower.

Audi RS4 RSFaux S4 B7 Avant Cars and Bids Auction

Widebody to Complete the Look

Perhaps the most selling part of this conversion is the widebody conversion. If we hadn’t been told it wasn’t a legitimate RS4 (and we didn’t read the fantastic “RSFAUX” license plates), we would be at a loss for how this car is in the US. It really is that convincing.

Tying together the whole look is a full-color change to Cambridge Green Pearl, Euro-spec head and taillights, a German-spec Avant rear bumper, and a shining set of gold Work Emotion wheels.

The only slight hang-ups some potential buyers may have are that the Carfax report shows a minor-damage front-end collision in 2014 and the fact that the RS4 cluster swap puts the actual mileage of this vehicle up in the air.

B7 Audi RS4 Clone Six Speed Manual 420 Horsepower

Ultimately, this is a rare opportunity to own a car in the US that meets the specs of one of the many cool cars we never got in our market. Though we finally get a taste of the RS Avant life thanks to the RS6, we are still missing out on plenty of awesome RS Avant cars that are not yet legal. Now, you’ve got a chance o experience it. Unfortunately, though, it’s likely not going to come cheap.

We’ll certainly be watching this auction to see the final hammer price!

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Audi 80 B4 Made For Relaxing Drives, Not Spirited ‘Ring Runs

1992 Audi 80 B4

Final-gen Audi 80 sedan smoothed out the lines of the B3 era, retained unique procon-ten safety system in the final days before airbags.

By the early 1990s, the Audi 80 entered the final years of its 30-year run on the production line. The B4 era of the sedan brought a longer wheelbase than the previous B3, a move into the German midsize market against Mercedes and BMW, and two hardcore versions of itself, in the form the S2 and RS2 Avant.

In short, the final Audi 80 heralded plenty of changes for Ingolstadt and fans alike, ones that would pave the way for the Audi we know now. The unnamed host of YouTube channel Furious Driving recently took a pristine 1992 example of the 80 out for a leisurely drive through the English countryside.

1992 Audi 80 B4

“There’s a couple of things that really stick in my mind about this particular thing,” he said. “First of all, how elegant and understated it was. Back then, before I could drive, I always said, ‘If ever I could afford a BMW, I’m gonna buy an Audi or a Saab,’ thinking they were understated and elegant. Not Q cars, exactly, but quiet, refined luxury.”

The other things he found wonderful about the B4 Audi 80? The interesting tech advancements it possessed. Full zinc coating to prevent rust was definitely a plus in more damp areas like Germany or New England. However, it the procon-ten safety system made the 80 stand out. Before airbags took over, procon-ten’s steel cables moved the steering wheel away in a crash. Other cables tightened the seat belts to prevent the occupants from bashing their skulls against the dash or front seats.

1992 Audi 80 B4

“Pulling away in this thing is so very smooth,” he said. “It almost feels like you’re driving an automatic, but just with the intervention of a clutch in the middle of the situation.”

Aside from the smoothness of the five-speed manual, the longitudinally mounted inline-five’s placement over the front axle played a key part in the Audi 80’s excellent handling. Throw in quattro – only available with the manual – and few could touch what this sedan had. However, this wasn’t the machine for throwing down on the ‘Ring. Instead, a different sort of driving experience was on the cards with the B4 80.

1992 Audi 80 B4

“This really isn’t the car you take out for a spirited drive,” he said. “It’s a car you take out if you want to go someplace and get there relaxed. It’s a bit like a Mercedes W124 in that respect. It’s a not a car that’s gonna reward you for hustling it along. Take it easy, and you’re in for a gentle, enjoyable time, like an evening in a gentleman’s club, rather than going to a rave.”

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Cameron Aubernon’s path to automotive journalism began in the early New ’10s. Back then, a friend of hers thought she was an independent fashion blogger.

Aubernon wasn’t, so she became one, covering fashion in her own way for the next few years.

From there, she’s written for: Louisville.com/Louisville Magazine, Insider Louisville, The Voice-Tribune/The Voice, TOPS Louisville, Jeffersontown Magazine, Dispatches Europe, The Truth About Cars, Automotive News, Yahoo Autos, RideApart, Hagerty, and Street Trucks.

Aubernon also served as the editor-in-chief of a short-lived online society publication in Louisville, Kentucky, interned at the city’s NPR affiliate, WFPL-FM, and was the de facto publicist-in-residence for a communal art space near the University of Louisville.

Aubernon is a member of the International Motor Press Association, and the Washington Automotive Press Association.

For Sale: 1990 Audi 200 Avant quattro With 190k

Audi 200 quattro Avant

There are lots of miles on the clock, but overall this Audi 200 Avant quattro looks to be in fairly decent shape.

When buying used cars, there are a couple of schools of thought when it comes to mileage. One is that it’s best to avoid high-mileage machines on general principal. The other is that a well-maintained high-mile example can be a screaming deal — and for the record, this the one I personally subscribe to. It’s also the reason my Los Angeles colleagues considered having me involuntarily committed. Because to some less-optimistic folks? Buying a late-1990s Jaguar XJ with over 100k on the clock screams lunacy.

That said, where you stand on the mileage question will likely determine just how attractive the 1990 Audi 200 Avant quattro I recently stumbled across on Facebook Marketplace is. Because along with attractive features like the turbocharged five-cylinder, a five speed manual, and Audi’s rally-tested quattro all-wheel drive system, this luxurious longroof has been around the block a few times. And when I say around the block a few times? I mean enough times to rack up 190,000 miles — which is most of the way to the moon.

Other than the mileage and basic specs, there’s precious little in the way of description in the listing. The seller simply says it’s fun, but that he doesn’t drive it enough, and — importantly — that he’s “just thinking of selling” the car. That lack of commitment leads me to believe that there’s probably not much wiggle room when it comes to the $4,000 asking price. So if you’re properly interested in this baby, I’d be prepared to lay down most, if not all, of the asking price. It’s still way, way, less than what you’d pay for a cream puff example.

In case you’re wondering, Montana does salt its roads. But aside from what looks to be surface rust in one of the photos, the undercarriage of this old Audi looks to be largely unscathed. From the pics, the interior seems to have weathered all the miles pretty well too, even if the liner of the sunroof is breaking free, and the leather looks a bit parched. So what do you think? Would you take a chance on this old Audi? Or does the does the potential cost of keeping this baby on the road give you pause? Hit me up and let me know!

Photos: Facebook Marketplace

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Audi RS6 Avant e-tron Might Debut in 2023

Audi RS6 Avant e-tron Might Debut in 2023

Audi might introduce the RS6 Avant e-tron at the same time as the upcoming A6 e-tron electric sedan.

Earlier in March, Audi announced that it will no longer develop IC engines. Since then, the pace of Audi’s electrification strategy has skyrocketed. Most recently, the Ingolstadt automaker’s all-new 2022 Audi A3 made its stateside debut with a standard MHEV variant. Now, according to a recent Autocar report, the German car manufacturer might soon introduce an all-electric Audi RS6.

Right now, the e-tron GT and RS e-tron GT are the only performance electric models in Audi’s arsenal. According to the report, the Audi Sport division is also transitioning into the electric-only future along with the automaker. As a result of this, the company is developing an all-electric performance estate model. The alleged offering might take on the Audi RS6 Avant e-tron moniker.

Back in April, Audi unveiled its A6 e-tron concept. Autocar claims that Audi bosses have almost confirmed that this concept will also lay the foundation for an electric estate version. The report also claims that Audi might launch both offerings at the same time, which means we can expect the battery-electric Audi RS6 Avant e-tron to make its global debut as early as 2023.

Audi RS6 Avant e-tron Might Debut in 2023

Audi RS e-tron GT quattro’s 590 HP and 612 lb-ft all-electric drivetrain might propel the RS6 Avant e-tron

It is also possible that RS6 Avant e-tron and A6 e-tron might share Volkswagen Group’s Premium Platform Electric (PPE) vehicle architecture. The automaker is collaborating with Porsche to develop VW’s premium EV platform. So far, we do not have any information regarding the performance figures of the upcoming estate.

If Audi decides to use RS e-tron GT quattro’s powertrain to propel the RS6 Avant e-tron, then the electric estate might get a 93 kWh lithium-ion battery pack. Furthermore, the RS6 Avant e-tron might also get a dual synchronous electric motor setup with a maximum power output of 590 HP (637 HP in boost mode) and 612 lb-ft of peak torque.

Audi wants its electrified product portfolio to be responsible for 40% of its global sales volume by 2025. The automaker will introduce 30 electrified offerings by 2025, out of which 20 models will be battery-only products. The German company will also introduce its final internal combustion model in five years. At the same time, Audi America wants one-third of its portfolio to have some level of electrification.

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Panther Black R8 Panther Edition One Truly Rare Teutonic Cat

2021 Audi R8 Panther Edition

One of 30 made for the U.S. market, 2021 R8 Panther Edition wears namesake Panther Black paint over Crimson Red and black interior.

The R8 stands out among the Audi family for its status as a supercar. While other Audis have flexed their muscles before, they also could comfortably hold a family of four. The R8, on the other hand, delivers a more intimate experience for two. Or, on the track, just the driver.

Speaking of the track, Audi built a rare version of its rear-drive R8 for the 2021 model year: the R8 Panther Edition. Now, one example is destined for the big tent of Barrett-Jackson this January in Scottsdale, Arizona.

2021 Audi R8 Panther Edition

This R8 Panther Edition is one of 30 made exclusively for the U.S. market, draped in an equally exclusive color named Panther Black. The Audi dropped a year ago around Christmas time, and were the first 30 of the 2021 rear-drive R8 models available. And why rear-drive? Because quattro is still verbotten on the biggest battlefields of competition to this day, like the FIA GT3 class.

2021 Audi R8 Panther Edition

Aside from the exclusive Panther Black, the R8 Panther Edition includes carbon fiber-trimmed mirrors, engine compartment, and side intakes. Even the badging is blacked-out to fit the theme. Each corner features a 20-inch matte black wheels trimmed in red, wrapped in Michelin Pilot Sport 4S rubber.

Though no photos of the interior were taken, we do know it has Crimson Red leather seats. Surrounding them, a black leather interior with red stitching, complemented by a diamond-stitched Alcantra headliner. And of course, behind all of that is the 5.2-liter V10 with its 532 horses at the ready. Though V10s sound good out of the box already, the R8 Panther Edition kicks it up a notch with a sport exhaust system to really let it all roar.

2021 Audi R8 Panther Edition

The 2021 R8 Panther Edition is the second big cat Audi introduced into the wild. Back in 2019, 100 RS 5 Panther Edition models descended upon the unsuspecting, all in Panther Black. With nearly 2,100 miles on this V10 so far, this R8 has yet to begin its hunt for prey on the track. By the time its victims notice, it’ll already be too late.

Photos: Barrett-Jackson

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Cameron Aubernon’s path to automotive journalism began in the early New ’10s. Back then, a friend of hers thought she was an independent fashion blogger.

Aubernon wasn’t, so she became one, covering fashion in her own way for the next few years.

From there, she’s written for: Louisville.com/Louisville Magazine, Insider Louisville, The Voice-Tribune/The Voice, TOPS Louisville, Jeffersontown Magazine, Dispatches Europe, The Truth About Cars, Automotive News, Yahoo Autos, RideApart, Hagerty, and Street Trucks.

Aubernon also served as the editor-in-chief of a short-lived online society publication in Louisville, Kentucky, interned at the city’s NPR affiliate, WFPL-FM, and was the de facto publicist-in-residence for a communal art space near the University of Louisville.

Aubernon is a member of the International Motor Press Association, and the Washington Automotive Press Association.