Audi has today confirmed that its new RS 4 Cabriolet will go on sale in Australia. Audi introduced the current generation Audi RS 4 Sedan in may and is awaiting the Audi RS 4 Avant later in October. The Audi RS 4 Cabriolet, which Audi says is one hell of a car (and I certainly agree) will be limited to just 25 vehicles and should arrive mid January 2007. If you are after this magnificent car, be quick because Audi has already sold 15 of the 25!
The RS 4 is powered by a 4.2 Litre FSI V8 engine while the electro-hydraulic hood can be opened entirely automatically in 21 seconds and can be operated up to speeds of 30 km/h. The V8 engine outputs 309 kW, or 420 bhp. Th engine has a peak torque of 430 Nm at 5,500 rpm.
Audi says that 90 percent of the total torque is available between 2,250 and 7,600 rpm. Audi has confirmed that front and side airbags are standard features, as are the rollover bars that extend behind the rear seats in the event of the car overturning.
The standard specification of the new Cabriolet is the same as the highly equipped Sedan and Avant models, however this very special vehicles also features:
Audi says that out of the 25 vehicles being sold, each will also be identified with a limited edition ID plate.
From Audi :
An RS 4 constitutes racing technology in civilian garb. Visually, there is much that is reminiscent of the corresponding models in the Audi A4 car line. But the RS 4 models are more than just faster versions of Audi’s successful midsize category. Both the technology beneath its bodywork and countless details of its exterior design drive this fact home.
The diamond-pattern radiator grille, the additional air inlets in the front end as well as wheels developed specifically for the RS 4 clearly differentiate the car from a standard Audi A4. Flared sills and lower door trims coordinated with the sills are other differentiating features.
The ride height has been lowered by 30 millimetres. The developers have also widened the front and rear track, resulting in a widening of the vehicle body, with correspondingly flared wheel arches.
The car not only sits more unwaveringly on the road as a result, but also handles better.
Inside, the RS 4 combines the functionality of a sports car with the luxurious ambience so typical of all Audi models. Leather, aluminium, and carbon fibre are the predominant materials. But at the same time the RS 4 comes with all the additional qualities typical of a genuine sports car.
This becomes clear as soon as you sit in it and is where the RS 4 Cabriolet differs from its Avant and saloon counterparts. The Cabriolet comes with Sports seats as standard, though the inflating RS bucket seats can be ordered as an option at no extra cost. What all versions have in common is the flat-bottomed RS sports steering wheel and the engine start button on the centre console. These, too, provide echoes of motor sport, as do the aluminium pedals.
The Sport button on the steering wheel delivers even more dynamic performance when required. The accelerator characteristic changes progressively, so the engine is perceived to respond sooner.
The RS 4 represents the first time that a manufacturer has combined petrol direct injection with a high-revving concept. Engine speeds of up to 8,250 rpm are possible. Another highlight is the suspension with the latest generation of quattro permanent four-wheel drive with asymmetric/dynamic torque split and Dynamic Ride Control.
The new RS 4 Cabriolet will take its place at the top of the top-down market in Australia, following its introduction in early 2007.
Audi has confirmed the prices at :
Audi RS 4 sedan $164,500
Audi RS 4 Avant $168,100
Audi RS 4 Cabriolet $ 187,500
If you want one, order it now before its too late!