Review: Audi RS4 (2006 – 2008)


Masses of power, grip and adrenalin-fuelled fun, yet also docile when you want it to be. A fantastic all-round drive.

Your driving licence may never look the same again. Problems with interlinked dynamic ride control struts, prone to leaking at the seals. RS4 is a very high maintenance cars. Be forewarned.

Recently Added To This Review

6 May 2017

Timing chain replacement recommended at between 50,000 - 100,000 miles, for which Audi dealers charge £6,000. Read more

1 November 2016

£2,000 cost of replacing aircon compressor kindly explained by Oxford Specilaist Cars : "The air-con set up of this vehicle differs from most. The compressor in run from a shaft driven the the... Read more

19 July 2013

Possible to buy an RS4 then immediately have to spend £9,000 on dynamic drive dampers, inlet manifold swirl flaps, intercoolers, carbing up (Terraclean), automatic grille flaps, brakes, tyres. ... Read more

Audi RS4 (2006 – 2008): At A Glance

The car Audi used to take on the BMW M3 and managed to combine excitement with a package that did not require as much skill to drive quickly.

Even so, on the launch at and around the Goodwood circuit, a certain well known and very popular journalist got pulled by the local traffic police.

What does a Audi RS4 (2006 – 2008) cost?

Contract hire from £685.06 per month

What's the Audi RS4 (2006 – 2008) like to drive?

A fantastic car to drive. Huge power and also masses of controllable grip. Each wheel sends a separate message to the driver. Huge torque over wide power band. Docile and friendly to drive at low speed. Massive overtaking power.

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M3 Vs S4 - which one should I buy?

I currently drive a BMW E46 M3 and whilst I love the driving experience, as a daily drive it definitely has some short comings. My previous car was a diesel A4 B8 Avant and the one thing I really miss is the interior. I am contemplating swapping my M3 for a B8 S4, do you think this would be a good move ? I am aware that the E46 is potentially starting to earn a little bit of money and I really enjoy the performance of the M3 but I can't stop hankering after the refinement of an Audi. Would I be disappointed with an S4?
An S4 4.2 V8 as opposed to an RS4 is a relatively much softer car than an E46 M3. Has the power, but isn't particularly stimulating to drive.
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