What’s the R Value? 2001 Audi S4 Avant v. RS4 Avant

If you follow these pages, neither the names RS4 or Avant should be particularly new to you. Audi’s B5 generation fast wagon wasn’t the first to wear the RS badge, but it was the first fully quattro GmbH RS car. In the spirit of the RS2 built in conjunction with Porsche and the S6 plus which moved production in house to the quattro GmbH subsidiary, Audi utilized the VAG group acquisition of Cosworth to up the boost on the twin-turbocharged V6 to produce the best part of 400 horsepower. But while the RS2 and S6 plus had rather discrete changes outside to signify how special they were, the RS4 added vents, slats, big flares and giant wheels to back up the added performance. It was the change that launched a thousand dreams, as countless B5 S4 owners attempted to recreate the package that wasn’t brought to the U.S.. A few have made it here through back channels and we’ve written up previously the huge premium they command over regular S4s, but the newer generations of performance cars have dimmed the concentration on the older wonder Audis. Still, even today the RS4 is a pretty potent performance machine and getting closer to being legally importable to the U.S.. But of course our neighbors to the north have more lax importations laws, so RS4s are making their way into Canada as we speak. Additionally, really good examples of the regular S4 Avants are drying up as well. Today, I have an interesting comparison – a just imported, low mileage RS4 Avant versus a fully upgraded, low mileage S4 Avant – likely one of the nicest in the U.S.. What’s the difference in value today?

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2001 Audi RS4 Avant on Autotrader Canada

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Wagon Week: 2001 Audi RS4 with 3,300 Miles

If yesterday’s pristine S4 DTM Edition with low miles got you excited, then this is probably the type of car that you’d really like to see. Normally when we’ve done Wagon Weeks, I’ve written up some of the more notable fast Audi wagons; the RS2 and the S6 Plus, for example. But today I wanted to visit a few we don’t spend so much time on – hence the S6 Avant duo from earlier. What we have here, though, is even that much more special; what is probably the best condition, most original and lowest mile Audi RS4 outside of Audi’s possession. The RS4 was an instant hit, with quattro GmbH combining forces with Cosworth to tune the engine of the B5 up to a then-staggering 375 horsepower. With beefed up bodywork covering massive wheels and tires and run through a 6-speed manual transmission, the RS4 was good to its Sport Quattro and RS2 heritage, running to 60 m.p.h. in a smashing 4.9 seconds and easily bouncing off its self-imposed 155 m.p.h. limiter. As with the RS2 and the Sport Quattro, the limited run RS4 has been the subject of many replicas, but finding a mint condition original example reminds us of how perfect the formula was:

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2001 Audi RS4 on Classic Driver

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Feature Listing: 2008 Audi S4 DTM Edition

I think it’s wonderful that, as automobile enthusiasts, we’ve been able to live in the time period that revolutionized cars. For some, the muscle car era was the best; for others, the cars of the ’30s are the way to go. But while there may be some aspects of those generations of cars that are better, compare them to the high performance vehicles of today; they all start, stop, turn and run better than anything that has come before them. Not only are the limits of performance higher than they’ve ever been, but today’s cars are frankly better at being cars than older examples. Quite simply, it’s amazing considering the amount of electronics that are now carried on cars; get my iPhone cold or drop it, and it goes all haywire – yet sub freezing (as well as scorching) temperatures and pot holes are the norm for cars to soak up. Inside, cars are more quiet and luxurious than they ever have been, in general. If you never went past 1/4 throttle in a B7 S4, you’d have a refined, quiet luxury car. It’s even handsome, too, with a smooth face giving way to the lovely flared arches, a slight uptick in the tail helping to direct the air. But really setting cars apart over the past few years has been the amazing power they’ve been able to produce and their uncanny ability to transfer that power to the road. Go past that 1/4 pedal in this S4 and the experience changes; suddenly, you don’t have a sedate cruiser, you have a warp-speed sports car capable of carrying four shocked friends being forced back in their seats as the 4.2 liter all-aluminum 340 horsepower V8 heads towards the stratosphere, announcing through the 4 exhaust pipes that you’ve now broken every speed limit in the country and you still have three gears to go. Yet while there have been fast Audis in the past, “true” enthusiasts always complained they were heavy and no fun in the corners. To remedy that perceived fault, starting with the 25th Anniversary Edition and going forward, S4s received the same T3 Torsen setup as the RS4, now with a rearward power bias and capable of moving up to 100% of the power to the rear axle. If you think you know what all Audis drive like by reputation, you probably haven’t driven one of these cars. By the end of the B7 run, it was not a beefed up A4 anymore; it was in reality a slightly detuned RS4:

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2008 Audi S4 DTM Edition on Craigslist Cleveland

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2002 Audi S6 Avant 6-speed

The other day it seemed as though I switched sides, abandoning my preferred Audis for the dark star of Mercedes-Benz with the E55 AMG Estate. Don’t get me wrong, I do like the S6 Avant, but perhaps the lack of manual and the mere existence of the hotter and not-for-U.S. market RS6 Avant just takes the edge of the C5 for me. Plus, the transmissions in the Audis are notorious – correctly or incorrectly – for being a bit weak and expensive to replace. The solution? A 6-speed manual converted car, of course! And this particular example even steps up above that single massive advantage with a host of RS6 upgrades as well:

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2002 Audi S6 Avant on eBay

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Double Take: Miles or Color? 2007 Audi RS4

The Audi RS4 is quickly becoming the performance bargain the German cars; with revised and less understeer-prone all-wheel drive, a 6-speed manual and that unbelievable sounding V8 in a practical 4-door sedan, it’s easy to see why the RS4 would be popular. But it’s also an expensive car to maintain, and residual values from the first and second crop of owners has dropped down towards the point where third-tier owners are getting into them. The problem is that if you’re thinking about buying one of these long term, you may be better suited buying one before the typical scenario occurs with these cars – prices drop, people that can’t afford to maintain them well buy them, and when you finally get one it’s an uphill battle to try to keep it going. Today I have two examples of the venerable RS4, and the question is would you choose the popular color over one with lower miles? We’ll start with the popular color – Sprint Blue in this case:

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2007 Audi RS4 on eBay

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2007 Audi RS4

For weeks we’ve been hearing non-stop about the “Polar Vortex” – a wave of Arctic air that has crippled most of the United States. For non-meteorological types, this phenomena is both unwelcome and expensive, as cold weather has induced skyrocketing heating costs and dropped nearly a full inch of snow in some parts of the South – enough to cripple most of the area until Spring Break. In response I’d like to offer both the potential cause and the potential solution: the 2007 Audi RS4. You see, one of the things that is so much fun in a quattro is doing donuts in a parking lot. My guess is that the owner of this pristine RS4 may have gotten a little exuberant with the throttle on one of these adventures in the Great White North and viola! – instant Polar Vortex.

Okay, so that may not have been the cause. But the RS4 could be the solution. It’s got heated seats, for example, to help you through frigid mornings. It’s got all-wheel drive to help you conquer that light dusting of snow, Georgia. And if all else fails and you do get stranded, it’s about as red as red gets so search and rescue crews can find you in a hurry. This is pertinent consumer advise here! In all seriousness, the claimed 1 of 99 Misano Red RS4s is pretty darn stunning no matter what the conditions:

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2007 Audi RS4 on eBay

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2007 Audi RS4

Love fast Audis but want something a little more special for your money than this week’s Imola Yellow S4? How about the Audi RS4, one of the best sport sedans to be produced in recent memory? There are few complaints to be levied against the RS4 except that Audi refused to bring us the Avant version. Other than that, we got the sedan or cabriolet versions, both with the splendid and high-revving V8 soundtrack, aggressive flares and gaping grills to remind you of how special this ride is. Like most of the modern Audis, my main complaint is the snooze-fest color pallet most were ordered in – black, grey, greyer, silver, or silverier. However, there were some enterprising individuals who looked past the grey-scale color options and checked the charisma box when ordering their special car – such is the case with this Imola Yellow 2007 example.

Year: 2007
Model: RS4
Engine: 4.2 liter V8
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: 50,842 mi
Price: $42,995 Buy It Now

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2007 Audi RS4 on eBay

2007 AUDI RS4 QUATTRO 4.2L V8

BRILLIANT IMOLA YELLOW ON BLACK INTERIOR

VEHICLE HISTORY

1 OWNER CARFAX CERTIFIED

SQUEAKY CLEAN AUTOCHECK

100% ADULT OWNER

100% NON SMOKER

NO DINGS, DENTS, OR ODORS

LEATHER IN EXCELLENT CONDITON

TIRES IN EXCELLENT CONDITION

NOT A SINGLE DENT, DING, OR RIM RASH

PURCHASED DIRECTLY FROM A PALO ALTO EXCEC.

RS4 OPTIONS AND FEATURES

PREMIUM PKG ($4700)

AUTOMATIC HEADLIGHTS

HEATED FRONT SEATS

HEATED REAR SEATS

VARIABLE SPEED INTERMITTENT WIPERS

DVD PLAYER

NAVIGATION SYSTEM

MEMORY DRIVER SETA

MIRROR MEMORY

CD PLAYER

UNIVERSAL GARAGE DOOR OPENER

BOSE SOUND SYSTEM

BLUETOOTH CONNECTION

6 DISC CD CHANGER

REAR MANUAL SIDE SHADES

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Seriously, if you’re going to be shouty about how fast your fast car is, you might as well go out like a lion. Imola Yellow will never be confused with anything subdued, but in many ways it matches the character of the car. The engineers wanted you to smile, they wanted you to feel special, and they wanted to brighten your day; yellow just expresses those desires outwardly. This RS4 certainly appears well cared for, though as typical for an Ebay dealer no maintenance history is offered, and as these have crested 5 years old, you’ll want to know that. Imola Yellow and Sprint Blue are also two of the more rare colors to find these RSs in, so they often command a premium, though in this case I think the premium is too much. Indeed, the dealer seems to agree; if you follow the link to their pictures you’ll find the car has a lower price tag by $1,000 on the windshield. Even with that discount, this RS doesn’t have particularly low miles compared to other examples yet is still a substantial $4,000 – $5,000 premium over others. Heck, look hard enough and you’ll find a RS4 for nearly $10,000 less than this one – but it won’t be yellow. Maybe that’s okay with you, but if you want the wild child colors, for now you’ll have to pay.

-Carter

2007 Audi RS4

It’s been a few weeks since the last RS4 we’ve featured, and not much has changed in that time regarding how stellar a package this car is. Coupling a 420 horsepower high-revving V8 to the sport-biased quattro drive train through a 6-speed manual ranks pretty high on the list of wants, especially when that package is as good looking as the B7 RS4 was. Subtle flares and gaping grills hint at the massive performance these cars are capable of, while the rest of the package is more subdued than similarly nutty AMG models. Ironically, while many Audi enthusiasts pine over the cars they hope to import – this author included – the reality is that this RS4 simply outperforms each and every one of those cars is just about every measurable way, and is available for sale today:

Year: 2007
Model: RS4
Engine: 4.2 liter V8
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: 65,659 mi
Price: $36,990 Buy It Now

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2007 Audi RS4 on eBay

Very rare 2-Owner 2007 Audi RS4 Sedan with a great serviced history. Offered in Daytona Gray Peal exterior with Silver interior accented by Black piping and Brushed Aluminum beltline trim. Features include keyless entry, Navigation system, Bluetooth, dual zone climate control, power sunroof, Recaro sport seating, heated front and rear seats, dual power seats with driver’s seat memory, power side view mirrors, tilt/telescopic steering wheel, multi disc CD chanager with satellite radio, power rear sunshade, rear park sensors, Xenon headlights, 19 inch Titanium alloy wheels and much more. Just fully serviced and Pa inspected. Tons of service history. This car is a must see. Pictures do NOT do this car justice. Please contact one of our sales professionals today before it’s to late

As much as it pains me to say so, buying a U.S. spec RS4 makes a lot more sense than trying to import any number of European-spec Audis. The B7 chassis – especially with the quattro GmbH upgrades – is an impressive chassis to drive; smooth, confident and fast. The RS4 was undoubtedly the ultimate expression of this chassis, and with great looks, huge brakes, stiff yet compliant suspension and that incredible motor this is a hard package to beat. There is no mention of maintenance, and I’d wager that the car will need carbon deposit cleaning, but it’s clean and the Daytona Grey Pearl-effect over light grey leather is a great combination.

At $37,000, it’s not the cheapest RS4 we’ve seen – but when it comes to these cars, it’ll be much better to buy a good one even if it’s a few dollars more. Hold out for the color combo you want (I’ll take the one Viper Green one, please!) and jump on board with this modern classic; it’s hard to predict, but I could easily see these RS4s achieving cult-like status in a few decades and being one of the next E30 M3s.

-Carter

Wagon Week: Quattro GmbH specials – S6 Plus Avant and RS4 Avant

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The other day Paul wrote up perhaps the most desired wagon that was never imported to the U.S., the Audi RS2. While it’s true that car is massively awesome in just about every way, there is a second, lesser known quattro GmbH special wagon that would be the one I’d try to import first. While the RS2 is getting tantalizingly close to importation-legal status, we’re still a few years away on what is my favorite fast Audi wagon, the C4 Audi S6 Plus. They’re not common at all with less than 900 Avants produced, and most reside in the motherland – but they are also ridiculously inexpensive for what they are. With the same 32 valve V8 motor as the original S8 pushing 320hp, a six speed manual, awesome S6 Plus only-alloys and draped in RS Blue over RS Blue suede, it doesn’t get much better than this for me:

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Year: 1997
Model: S6 Plus Avant
Engine: 4.2 liter V8
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: 171,000 km (106,254 mi)
Price: E.5,500 Buy It Now ($7,534 today)

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1997 Audi S6 Plus on eBay.de

Vehicle description:

Xenon headlights
automatic climate control
Wood interior
All-wheel drive

small rust spot on the rear left side panel
More details on the car can be found here
Contact:
Xclusivecars GMBH
Phone: +49 (0) 162 2402991
Email: XclusivecarsGMBH@mobile.de

For $7500, this car just seems like a steal. Not only that, but it’s not the only one available! There are several that you can choose from at any given time, all around the same price and same mileage. This car makes me want to call my friends in Germany and have them stick it in a container even though I’d not be able to register it for a bit. But not everyone wants an older V8 Audi wagon (who are these people???). For some of them, the limited run original RS4 is the object of desire:

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A chunked-up Cosworth-motored S4 Avant, the RS4 has been desired and copied by Audi fans in the U.S. to no end. It amazes me the length that some owners will go through to copy this car; to do it right, you’re looking at $10,000 – $15,000 worth of body work alone. Guess what? You can buy a real one for that amount:

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Year: 2001
Model: RS4 Avant
Engine: 2.7 liter twin-turbocharged V6
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: 129,000 mi
Price: GBP 8,950 ($14,337.90 today)

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2001 Audi RS4 Avant on eBay.co.uk

*** This is not a trade sale, this is my own personal vehicle ***

129k, Full Audi Service history up to 91k, then service by indipendant (just serviced & New brakes fitted)

5 Doors, Manual, Estate, Petrol, 2001 Y Reg, Red. Electric black leather interior, heated seats, digital climate control, traction control, cruise control, standard 380 bhp, 6 speed, arm rest, privacy glass,18 inch alloys,cd radio,bose, remote locking,electric windows & mirrors,

MOT – 23/04/14

TAX – 31/10/13

We are situated close to Perth City Centre, just behind Homebase, in Perth’s St Catherines Retail Park. PH1 5RY. £8950
Call Ramsey for more info on 01738 638076 or 07732836306

We featured an imported RS4 a few months back for a ridiculous price. Granted, that particular model was already here, federalized and left hand drive, but if you’re willing to wait, RS4s are currently fairly cheap – on par with U.S. spec S4 Avants in similar condition. This isn’t the car I’d run to choose; there are several other Audis I’d want to import before this – original non-turbo Coupe Quattros, 20V RR Quattros, the RS2, S2 Avants, and 6 speed V8 Quattros all hit my list before this car. But, as I always say, it’s not all about me.

Which would you choose?

-Carter

Wagon Week: Forbidden Fruit – 2007 Audi A4 3.0 TDi Quattro Avant S-Line 6 speed

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In the world of desirable Audis that enthusiasts want to import from Europe, there are multitudes of wagons; the S2 and RS2 are favorites, but truth be told there were few fast Audi wagons that were brought to the U.S. compared to those that have been available in Europe. There are several generations of RS wagons, S6 pluses, and even the original S4 4.2 V8 is pretty desirable. Notably missing from most lists would be cars like the one today, and that’s a shame because given the option between owning a B7 4.2 V8 powered S4 Avant or this car, I’d choose this car any day of the week and twice on Saturday. Why? Well, first off, there’s the name – one of the longest in Audi history. Not so simply stated, this car is a 2007 Audi A4 3.0 TDi Quattro Avant S-Line, but enthusiasts like to add the 6-speed manual part on. In the realm of cars we didn’t get that are spectacular, this is pretty high on my list. Plenty of punch, a healthy does of sport, the great looks of the B7, wagon and all wheel drive utility and good fuel mileage? Sign me up:

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Year: 2007
Model: A4 Quattro S-Line
Engine: 3.0 liter turbocharged V6 TDi
Transmission: 6-speed
Mileage: 94,770 mi
Price: $26,990 Buy It Now

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2007 Audi A4 3.0 TDi Quattro Avant S-Line on eBay

German Audi A4 B7 Avant 3.0 V6 TDI Quattro S Line All Euro Options

This is a one of its kind Audi 3.0 V6 TDI Quattro S Line Advance Plus Version direct imported from Germany!
It´s 100% genuine euro spec. Audi B7 Avant and comes fully equipped with all available options!

This Audi is the only one of its kind in the US!
We brought the Audi with us when we moved from Germany to the US in January 2012.
The Audi has a legal, clean and clear New York title and is registered in NY. I am the 2nd Owner and have the car for 3 years now. All services were done always on time and always at certified Audi workshops. This Audi was never involved in an accident and has no damages! The engine and transmission are spotless and run Uber-GREAT! City: 32-35 mpg / Hwy: 40-45 mpg!!! Please be aware this is a 3.0L V6 Diesel with lots of power… There are no mechanical or technical problems. The Audi is super reliable and never caused a problem. Please understand this is a 100% German Version.
The quality and craftsmanship are not comparable to the B7 models you know here in the US.
Many of the options in this Audi were never available to the North American market!

Original List Price of this Audi was: 58,000 Euro / $80,000 USD !!!

Please see details:

100% Genuine German Audi A4 B7 Avant/Wagon
VIN: WAUZZZ8E57A070242
Model: 2007
Odometer: 94770 Miles
3.0L V6 TDI 233HP/171KW – 450NM/332LB.FT
Quattro All-Wheel-Drive
6-Speed Manual Transmission
Full German S Line Interior Package
Full German S Line Exterior Package Incl. Bumpers, Trims, Valance, DTM Side Skirts + RS4 Mirrors (Powered + Heated)
Audi S Line Advance Plus Suspension
TDI S4 Exhaust System
Full Leather Interior
RS4 Pedals
Birch-Wood Interior
Dual A/C
Heated Full adjustable S Line Sport Seats
Power Sunroof
All Black Headliner
Leather Sport Steering Wheel Fully Powered (Radio + Phone)
Cruise Control
Automatic Headlights Bi-Xenon (HID) for Low + High Beams Incl. Curve Lights (Premium Euro Light Package)
Daytime Running Lights
Front Fog Lights
Rear Fog Lights
Headlight Cleaning System
Audi Navigation Plus System – Upgraded to US/Canada Road Map
Audi Bose Advanced Sound System
Bluetooth
I-pod Adapter
CD Player
Rain Sensor
Leather Armrest Front + Rear
Cargo Net + Cover + Fasteners (Premium Cargo Package)
Audi Interior Ambience Lights
Power Windows
Airbags
Audi 8×18 Sport Wheels
New 235/40/18 High Performance Michelin Super Sport Tires
New Audi Alternator + New Belt
New Audi Battery
Audi Premium Mobile Long Life Engine Oil (20.000 Miles Interval Certified)
Speedometer Faceplate Changed To Miles

Since there are so many options and feature I might missed mentioning some of them.
Please see images.
So if you have any questions or would like to see the Audi in person please feel free to contact me through Ebay.
Please leave your phone number – I will call you back!

The only reason why we are selling our Audi is we need a bigger car for our (soon) extended family.

The car is currently located in San Diego, CA.

Mind blown. The S-line package really made the B7 a great looking car, and this one is no exception. The list of options alone is impressive, as is the original $80,000 price tag. As diesel wagons go this is about as desirable as one gets. These cars can be chipped and opened up and hang with S4s without much difficulty, but even in stock form the 3.0TDi isn’t exactly a slow car. This car combines all of the wonderful attributes missing from U.S. bound Audis these days – a turbo diesel RS4 Avant look with a 6 speed manual. I keep looking at the price and considering what organs I can do without; yes, it’s covered nearly 100,000 miles but looks pristine and the importation work has been done. I wouldn’t be surprised if this is the only 3.0TDi A4 Avant in the U.S., and it’s likely to be the only one for quite a long time. At $27,000, this car strikes me as a very good deal all things considered.

Now, does anyone know what a spleen brings on the open market and how long I can live without it?

-Carter