2007 Audi RS4 Avant B7
Exterior: Ibis White
Interior : Black Leather
Engine: 4.2l V8 FSI
Transmission: Six-speed manual
Mileage: 94,000 km
Type No. 68EDRX9
Location: Cote d’Azur, France
Audi's RS division short for Renn Sport, has been responsible for some of the greatest performance estates over the years, from the legendary Porsche developed RS2 to the outrageous V10 C6 RS6. The recipe has been centered around obtaining the perfect balance between performance and refined practicality, creating models that are just as suitable as a daily driver as they are at challenging top tier sports cars of their era.
At the heart of all of this is the RS4 because it is the longest-running model in the RS line, first commercialised in 2000 with the turbo-charged six cylinder B5. It’s successor the B7 RS 4 is an almost complete departure from previous Audi "RS" cars, as it was initially available as a four-door saloon; with a five-door Avant, and two-door four-seat Cabriolet versions arriving later. The same understated styling remained, but the forced compression engine was replaced by a naturally aspirated, high-revving V8 producing 420PS. It was only available with a manual gearbox which for driving enthusiasts was much appreciated at the time. Built between 2006 to 2008 inclusive, approximately 10,000 B7 RS 4s were built.
One of the most enticing elements of the B7 RS4 is the powertrain. The 4.2 litre engine started life as that found in the S4, with the RS4 gaining modified pistons and conrods, a new crankshaft and bearings, and new cylinder heads giving an additional 60 PS making it almost identical to the engine found in the Audi R8 supercar. The result was an extremely responsive engine with great torque and linearity, revvingto an impressive 8,250 rpm,with a race car V8 raucous exhaust note.
Combine this fantastic powertrain with Audi's all-wheel-drive Quattro system, as first used in the extremely successfulQuattro rally car; and the acceleration was astonishing with 0-100kph arriving in just 4.7 seconds. The Torsen-based system meant that it was a rear biased power delivery, giving fun and responsive cornering while keeping the all-wheel drive all weather traction and security associated.
While the engine may be the B7's outstanding feature, the styling did not disappoint. The wide flared wheel arches are the big differentiator from other Avant models but also purposeful allowed for a wider track. Aluminium was used for the flared front wings and bonnet reducing weight. There are also two larger frontal side air intakes (for the two additional side-mounted coolant radiators).
The interior remains sober and practical but a few clues to the sportiness of this model are visible including the flat-bottomed steering wheel shared with the Lamborghini Gallardo, and the optional full leather Recaro bucket seats.
The B7 generation remains one of the RS greats, appreciated by many enthusiasts for being the sweet spot of the RS range, simple and compact and propelled by that thunderous V8.
This wonderful relatively low mileage example of the B7 Avant is finished in Ibis White with a full black nappa leather interior. It was first delivered in Germany in December 2007 and was purchased and imported into France in 2009 where the title remains. The current gentleman owner has kept the car in immaculate condition, being carefully maintained and used for occasions rather than as a daily driver.
The exterior is in extremely good condition and has optional sunroof, lighting pack and Xenon plus headlamps. Some tasteful modifications have been made to the car we have on offer including matt black finishing to the wheels, front grill, roof rails, logos and mirrors for the exterior. In addition to this, the car benefits from a ceramic protection combined with protection film applied to some of the front elements. The windows are tinted within regulation as are the rear lights, these two modifications are easily reversible.
Inside this car is configured for touring and features fully electrical and heated Recaro seats as well as the multifunctional flat bottomed steering wheel. The inlays are specified from factory in piano black and other options include the BOSE hifi system with bluetooth, GPS plus, rain and light sensors, parking sensors and cruise control.
Regarding the powertrain, the car features an upgraded BMC air filter and a Milltek stainless steel catback system exhaust which has a perfect balance of enhancing the aural experience without compromising the daily usability of the car. The car’s top speed restrictor has been removed and the engine has benefitted from a light reprogramming improving torque and performance.
The car is optioned with the ‘Chassis Sport’ option which gives a more sporty set up with lowered stance and stiffer springs. The adaptive damping is stiffened by the sport plus button on the steering wheel which also improves the throttle response and stiffens the seat bolsters at the same time. Front brakes are also upgraded featuring larger Brembo cross drilled discs and PAGID pads.
This low mileage and very well cared for example of the B7 RS4 is a great choice for anyone in the market for one of these highly desirable RS models. More practical, useable and reliable than its predecessor and more characterful than its successor, the B7 is certainly one of the more collectible RS Avant models created. It may not have the cache of the original RS2 but it is a more accessible and useable alternative which makes a great daily collectible today.
The car is available and has just undergone a 110 point inspection which confirms the excellent condition reflecting the low mileage and meticulous maintenance of the current owner. Full documentation and detailed photographs can be provided on request.