The 2007 to 2008 Audi RS4 might have been one of the world’s foremost sleeper sedans.

 

Subtle and discreet styling upgrades concealed a track-tuned chassis, high-performance version of the brand’s Quattro AWD system and a race-ready engine.

 

The RS4 Sedan was available on our shores as a 2007 or 2008 model that came with upgraded aerodynamics, brakes and suspension components.



Engine


All RS4 models came just one way: with a 4.2-litre V-8 cranking out 420 horsepower en route to an 8,000 RPM redline, teamed up with AWD and a six-speed manual transmission.



What owners like


RS4’s discreet, ultra-performance execution was its major draw. Performance, relative comfort handling, all-season capabilities and a semi-practical four-door body rounded out the owner-stated praise points for the RS4.

 

What owners dislike

Gripes commonly included limited rear-seat space, a rough ride on some surfaces and, of course, excessive fuel consumption.

 

Common issues

Be sure the engine on the model you’re considering is cold when you first start it up, then check for blue smoke from the tailpipes. Some oil consumption with this engine is considered normal, and may be caused by an easy-to-fix crankcase ventilation system valve.

 

Poor performance or an inconsistent, “sputtering” feel to the power delivery could indicate a bad ignition coil pack.

Have a mechanic check for fluid leaks and ensure the shock absorbers aren’t worn out or “blown”.

Verdict

All in all, a well-maintained RS4 should provide an extremely rewarding and relatively worry-free year-round motoring experience for years to come. Just budget for a radar-detector, too.