You’ve got to hand it to Audi for not being afraid to tackle the opposition head on. As BMW has become more cheeky with it 3-Series-based M3, so, too, has Audi’s A4-based RS4 hottie.
The previous-model RS4, with its super-punchy, twin-turbocharged, V6 engine, remains a firm favourite with enthusiasts everywhere. But when BMW announced plans for the new M3, with a V8 replacing the traditional in-line six, Audi figured it needed to take the RS4 down the same technological path.
The result was a car that not only beat the M3 to market, but closed the performance gap.
Audi’s RS4 is available as a station wagon, convertible and four-door sedan.
While the convertible is a bit cruisier, the Avant station wagon is brilliant.