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Friday, December 28, 2007

Audi RS4 Cabriolet: Follow-up test

Audi RS4 Cabriolet
Inside Line has a follow-up test with the Audi RS4 Cabriolet.
"Did you hear it?" That's what everyone who drove the 2008 Audi RS4 Cabriolet came back and said. They'd start talking about the 420-horsepower 4.2-liter V8 and say, "Did you hear it?"

Start the V8 and fly through the six gears with the greatest of ease. The mechanical music is pure bliss. If Beethoven composed a car, this is what it would sound like. Not simply loud and boisterous like an American V8, but instead pure and very powerful, with a classically German timbre.

But How Does It Feel?
The shift lever for the six-speed manual transmission is gorgeously trimmed with leather and aluminum, and while the throws between gears are long, the shift action is light and you never miss. The throttle tip-in is very aggressive, and while it makes stop-and-go traffic a little too challenging, racer boys will like the light, anxious engine response.

The aluminum pedals have rubber inserts for grip, even when you're wearing winter boots, although this all-weather friendliness also means the pedals are a little too widely spaced for easy heel-and-toe downshifts. Meanwhile the RS4's sport seats envelop you in a supportive shape that's upholstered with Audi's distinctive, luxurious leather.

The steering wheel is an instrument of ergonomic correctness, with a thick rim to fill your palm and a complete array of remote controls for the electronics and sensibly placed stalks within reach of your fingers.

This is a great place to be — efficient and proper, yet seriously luxurious. Plus a sunroof that's as big as the sky.

Audi RS4 Cabriolet

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Source: Inside Line


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