2007 Audi RS 4 First Drive
A five-second car perfect for the track and the ski slopes
You’ll have to read Page 5 for more details on what it’s like to flog a 420-horsepower, all-wheel-drive German sedan wearing Pirelli PZero tires on a track, but here’s a hint: Chances are this car’s limits far surpass your own. Available for comparison was a respectable ride in its own right, the 340-horsepower Audi S4. However, after several laps in the RS 4, the S4 felt less powerful, less hunkered down and secure in the corners, and less stable barreling full bore down the straights. The S4 is a remarkable ride, but the RS 4 makes it feel like a Hyundai. Apparently, an extra $20,000 buys more than fancy bodywork and carbon-fiber trim. Commuters will be happy to know the RS 4 is also a competent daily driver, except for issues with rear seat room and a stiff ride. Thankfully, neither point is a concern when throttle-steering around a corner on a closed course.