Right Hooker Week: 2007 Audi RS4 Avant

Okay, enough obscure Audi crap, Carter. You want the real deal. You want what Audi fans look towards der Vaterland for.

You want RS Audis.

Can I blame you? Since 1994, Audi’s RS moniker has stood for performance in all weather, and is usually paired with their signature Avant model for best consumer consumption. While this conversation and most of the internet would immediately turn towards the RS2 as the defacto signature, a model still unsurpassed in its execution, that’s not where I’ll start. There are reasons for this, but for both the RS2 and B5 RS4, Audi had to utilize outside help to make the car they wanted to between Porsche and Cosworth. So, in some ways, today’s model is the first real all-Audi effort.

Instead of the icon we’re going to look at Audi’s mega-impressive B7 RS4. Audi went to great lengths to revise the all-wheel drive system in this car to make it a better competitor to the M3. With a naturally-aspirated Fuel Stratified Injection 4.2-liter V8 chucking out 414 horsepower, it had the motivation to move it around quite a bit too. And the best part? For U.S. fans, it actually was sold over here and remains a great performance value (if you can afford the repairs). So why look to Europe to get one?

Well, there are a few reasons. First, Avant. We only got the sedan version of the RS4 here, so if you really want street cred, importation of one of these bad boys will certainly gain you that, though nearly every conversation will include a “Yes, it’s real…” exchange. But perhaps an even better reason to consider Europe for your RS experience? The price. These cars haven’t hit the collector market yet, but they’re moving outside of normal consumption for daily drivers. So while an 85,000 mile RS4 sedan hits eBay in the $27,000 – $30,000 range, this clean Avant can be yours for a discount:

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2007 Audi RS4 Avant on eBay.co.uk


Year: 2007
Model: RS4 Avant
Engine: 4.2 liter V8
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: 85,000 mi
Price: GBP 16,995 ($22,100 Buy It Now)

Audi RS4 Avant 4.2 Quattro 5dr

F/S/H / BOSE

2007 (57 reg), Estate
85,000 miles
Manual
4163cc
Petrol

5 seats, Metallic Mugello, F/S/H, JUST BEEN SERVICED AND HAD NEW DISCS AND PADS ON FRONT AND REAR, SAT NAV, RS4 Dakota Full Black Leather With White Stitching, Bose Sound System,Push Button Start, Xenons,Climate Control, Cruise Control, Parking Aid (Front/Rear), Seats Heated (Driver/Passenger), Alarm, Alloy Wheels (19in), Computer (Driver Information System), Electric Windows (Front/Rear), In Car Entertainment (Radio/CD), Tinted Glass, Tyre Pressure Control, Upholstery Leather. 5 seats,

Part Exchange Welcome, Credit Debit Cards Accepted,

Delivery Available,

Mugello Blue isn’t the most outrageous color available on these super Avants, but it looks lovely paired with the split 7-spoke RS alloys. Condition seems to be very good, and better than I’ve seen on some similar mileage sedans here. Little is offered about the history of this car, but with the mileage you’ll want to ensure it’s had carbon cleanings and the variable intake flap system checked. Otherwise, the only concern is the age; at only 10 years old, you’re still an agonizing 15 years from being able to easily import this car. However, since the model existed here largely unchanged from Europe, a petition to the government for exemption should work as it has for other cars like Euro M3s. It will take time and money, but you’ll be in a very exclusive group of RS4 Avants in the U.S. for close to the money a normal sedan would cost you.

-Carter

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6 Comments

  1. Oh so nice. And the price point makes it very appealing. I like the low key colors too.

  2. Hey give these things away in the U.K.. it boggles the mind. Must be gas cost? I have no idea.

  3. @Dan – the cost of running, registering and especially taxing and insuring these cars when they’re older means that the second hand lux market in the U.K. Is very different than U.S., and the people who buy these types of cars typically don’t hold on to them for a long time, so the market gets flooded with used examples way before the U.S.. $8/gal fuel doesn’t help either!

  4. Great. It wasn’t bad enough that we got the big FU from Audi, now we have to watch as these are sold second hand for a pittance. Thanks for letting me know. But hey, at least we got the convertible. Bwahahahaha.

    And since I’m now in a foul mood I’m going to say that dipping the roof rails is lame, the seller is dumb, and I hate him and his stupid plasticoated station wagon. I never wanted one anyway.

  5. Can a car like this be imported into the US? I heard ther is a 25 years of age rule.

  6. Short answer: yes. Long answer: actually doing it.

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