RS 4 Cabriolet Drops the Top, Raises the Performance

2008 Audi RS 4 Cabriolet

High-performance 2008 RS 4 Cabriolet delivered to the U.S. before calling Canada home, blacker than the blackest black, times infinity.

The B7 Audi A4 had two notable things going for it. One: it was the only generation of the A4 to include a cabriolet in the lineup. Two: it witnessed the return of the RS 4, which had disappeared after the first-gen A4 gave way to the second. And while the first RS 4 was only available in Avant form, the second could be had as a droptop, a handful of which were sold in the U.S. between 2006 and 2008.

Like this one. One of the last RS 4 Cabriolets to arrive in the U.S., it now appears on Bring a Trailer from Canada ready for a new home.

2008 Audi RS 4 Cabriolet

This black-on-black 2008 RS 4 Cabriolet first landed in a Pennsylvania dealership before its current owner brought it to Canada in December 2009. And it is black than the blackest black, times infinity. From the soft top to the wheels, this RS 4 haunts the open road in total darkness.

2008 Audi RS 4 Cabriolet

Under the hood, though, is a much more colorful story. Like all RS 4s of the time, the RS 4 Cabriolet leaves it all on the highway with a 4.2-liter V8. Back in the day, it made 420 horses and 317 lb-ft of torque, all of which hit the corners of the quattro system via a six-speed manual. It might be packing more punch these days, though, as the only mods to the big V8 include a REVO tuning chip and Milltek exhaust.

2008 Audi RS 4 Cabriolet

Under the soft top (or sun, depending), the black leather seating is accented by black carbon fiber and matte silver trim. The instrument cluster includes a 200-mph speedometer, which says quite a lot about what to expect from this RS 4 Cabriolet. The OEM satnav still looks as good now as it did in 2008.

2008 Audi RS 4 Cabriolet

The RS 4 is already a beast on the road. The fact that, at one time, it could be had as a soft top blows away the mind (not to mention everyone’s hairstyles). The closest anyone can get to the RS 4 Cabriolet these days is the R8 Spyder. What a time the turn of the millennium was.

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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.

Audi R8 With Twin-Turbocharger Kit Produces 1276 HP

Audi R8 With Twin-Turbocharger Kit Produces 1276 HP

With the help of a pair of GTX 35 turbochargers and a slew of other performance upgrades, Alex Collins’ Audi R8 can achieve a top speed north of 210 MPH.

We recently reported that the Audi Sport Division will soon make the switch to all-electric mobility. However, even today the Audi R8 with its internal combustion engine is one of the best high-performance machines in the German automaker’s product portfolio. As it turns out, the 5.2-liter motor of the R8 possesses unfathomable performance potential. A recent video from the YouTube channel LivingLife Fast reveals what tremendous power one can harness by tweaking the V10 power plant of an R8.

The car in question is currently the ownership of Alex Collins from QS Tuning, which is a leading German tuning and maintenance company based in West Sussex, UK. The Audi R8 seen in the video is the fifth car to receive a twin-turbo treatment by QS Tuning. The British outfit offers AMS and Boost Logic kits for Audi R8s, and the former is responsible for the performance of Alex’s ride. With some minor tweaks, the 5.2-liter V10 motor now generates 1276 HP of power thanks to a pair of GTX 35 turbochargers.

Audi R8 With Twin-Turbocharger Kit Produces 1276 HP

The breath-taking Audi R8 sports a cool white paint job, which is offset by the 20-inch Vossen MX2 forged wheels that flaunt a polished Brickell bronze finish.

Collin also offers his insights on the sports car in the video. “It’s essentially a pretty much stock car, just with a turbo kit on it. It’s got an in-tank fuel pump upgrade, but it’s still stock injectors, stock rails, stock clutches, stock box, stock driveshafts” said Collins. He further adds,” So, on the dyno, on pump fuel, it makes just under 1100 horsepower that’s it. Then on Renegade 109, it makes 1276 horsepower, so we’re capping the mid-range torque on it just where it’s got the stock clutches.”

According to the owner, this Audi R8 with its twin turbocharger kit can complete a quarter-mile with an exit speed of 159.7 MPH. Alex also claims that the top speed of his R8 is somewhere north of 210 MPH. The car rides on a set of 20-inch Vossen MX2 forged wheels, which flaunt a polished Brickell bronze finish. In its most capable tune, the supercar can accelerate from 0 to 60 MPH in around 2.3 seconds and uses vibrant yellow Ferrari brake calipers for the stopping power.

Image Source: LivingLifeFast, alex_collins98

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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!

Photos: Cars and Bids

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!

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