If I were looking for a car with the most appealing acoustics – excluding multi-million rand exotics such as Lambos and Porsches – the RS4 would probably top my sub-R1-million list.
What I failed to mention, perhaps unfairly, was that the Audi makes the better roar (than the BMW M3).
The RS4’s exhaust sound is served up in two varieties: it’s always guttural but, when you press an “S” button on the steering, flaps open in the pipes and move you a few rows forward at the rock concert.
The “S” (for “Schweet”?) button also quickens the throttle response so it becomes more of a trigger and at the same time squeezes the power-operated side supports of the driver’s bucket seat inwards so that you’re plugged in and ready for the g-forces that inevitably follow.