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New Audi RS4, Old Audi RS4s, New RS4 v C63. Phew. - /CHRIS HARRIS ON CARS

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We drive the new Audi RS4, try the original B5, the amazing B7 and then match the latest version against the 6.2 litre Mercedes C63.

The Audis look so amazing. And you still will be faster than most of the other cars you encounter. But compared to a C63 or even M3/M4 performance wise.. The 4,2 is just outdated to compete with C63 AMG or M3 (E92/F30)/M4 They need the 4.0 TFSI in the RS4/RS5.
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+TheSCR1899 there are rumors that the RS4 is coming back in 2016. I hope it's true.
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Anyone noticed how many times he flicked the wingscreen wiper stalk while testing the B8 RS4? Just put the wipers on automatic and enjoy the drive chris :)
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Although C63 Amg is a master piece and just phenomenal however the running costs are very expensive... This why I very much prefer the Audi RS4... Ok fair enough its not as powerful or brutal as the C63 but its very much practical and is considerably cheaper than the AMG and running costs are low as well... I mean for example in Top gear when jeremy was driving the C63 the tires had signs of wear and tear after using it for a couple of hours wheres as the RS4 and M3 were like as good as new.... Now some people might disagree and say well it all depends on the driver but lets be honest who is going to drive a fantastic piece of machine built for speed and grunt drive it like a track car especially with family and like I said and Chris said the running costs are high so in actual fact you will be losing out on the car rather than benefiting from it... yeah you might have a nice car for your own taste but running it and maintance its gunna eat your money very fast... No offence to anyone who has a C63 or is a fan of one but thats my honest opinion.... C63 is like a cheetah, yeah its fast, great to look at and fun to drive but for a short while (as running costs is a major issue), where as an RS4 is like a horse, its not as fast as cheetah but neither is it slow, its more practical and running costs are quite low in comparison to C63 and it will put a smile on your face in long term.... Abviously if you can maintain a C63 then without a shaddow of doubt C63 all day.. but i'm speaking from an average persons point of view...
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This is the only guy which I'm not frustrated with, watching the steering wheel on the right side. Damn, he does his job really well.    
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Dear Chris, Has the BBC managed to get hold of you reagrding the re-organising of their motoring show Top-Gear? 
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I just want to point out that it didn't really start with the B5 RS4, it started with the Audi/Porsche RS2, which was an amazing car for its time.
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Has anybody noticed that the body design of these Audi's are almost the same just different head and tail light design? Pretty lazy engineering IMO
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Not a 6.3 v8 he said 6.2
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The Mercedes, no doubt
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100% and that sound.
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It was the rs2 that started it all !!!
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Great review. Why does Chris complain about low torque on the RS4 and RS5 but not on the M3 e92 v8 (a car he loves) which has even less torque than the Audis??
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+Fredric Tang Good question, but the M3 is quite a bit lighter than the 4wd RS4 avant, so has a better torque to weight ratio. So it probably feels quicker even though it has slightly less power.
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did he say that the b5 RS4 motor is bullet proof? I recall those things needing vavle cover gasket's every time they see a shop, they leak oil like a sieve. 
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Bulletproof in terms of power potential. 
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CH could drift anything , even a tractor 
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I remember watching a video about a car crash fail that happened on the same road as 7:30 I think it was a BMW haha
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why are they all wagons?
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+Marco Brotto The B7 RS4 did initially come as a sedan.
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The new c-series sedan has just been launched. So we could expect a new c-series estate for 2015
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*C-Class. And it's already launched.
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horch, the car for the narrow-minded and uninspired mass.
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Apparently we're not getting the RS4 in Canada as of 2008 and there are no estate versions of any Audi except for the A4 AllRoad. :/ Seems really odd to me. I really want a luxury sports car and right now I have a stage 2 Subaru 2013 WRX STI sedan. The boy racer tuner look is wearing off on me as I get closer to 30.. and being single, tuner cars attract more guy buddies and reppel girls to a point. Hehehe ********Any suggestions, people of /DRIVE? :)********** My car depreciates slowly and it insanely fun to drive even at normal speeds so I have time to switch. It has to have AWD though.. long winters up North where I am. All suggestions will be researched.
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The 2L difference is what I am seeing. How are they to be on the same plate? The MB better have more Torque and HP.
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Get a Audi S4 and chip tune it, end of story.
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+Wayne Cheng I agree if you change suspension and optics to RS4 level. The 3.0T is just the better engine if you invest money in it.
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I don't know why everyone s so obsessed with autos, autos are boring, manual is what makes driving fun.
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+Tony Mihovilovich Yes but you don't need to fast shift unless you're on the track, these aren't track cars... My dad does 140+ miles a day to work and he drives a manual, he gets stuck in traffic and says it's no problem.
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Apart from admiring how Chris drives all cars with so much professionalism, I also appreciate how he is knowledgeable about tuning these cars and is not so out of touch with reality like the Top Gear lot...
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That bit of chest hair sticking out the top....
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I'm not inlove with Merc, Audi, BMW... but LOVE the C63 exhaust sound, Audi Quattro OLD SCHOOL and BMW grunt, wheel spins and attitude.  Each car is unique and amazing in it's own right.  Mercedes 300SL Gullwing / 190E 2.3 16 and 2.5 16 / AMG C 63  .. Audi Quattro 89 .. BMW E21 / E30 / E46 anything with a well deserved M.  This coming from a ROTOR fan.  
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Btw nice Rolex...
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hatchbacks are fucking ugly.
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this guy such a Audi omg almost every thing he said is negative
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AMG over RS in almost every situation tbh
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Vincent McDonald Shared on Google+ · 9 months ago
Check out this video on YouTube:corvette
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mercs are made for burnouts..End of the review!
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Probably already been asked, Why does he use the Wipers manually ?
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Some drivers don't like the wipers constantly going up down
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4.2 b7 for me, if only these cars weren't so expensive to run! The annual tax for uk is £500 and increasing by the year, so buy one now f*** it lol
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I'm looking forward to getting a B7 RS4 in the coming years. It's just so.. perfect. And I'm saying that as a BMW fanatic.
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i want a audi 4.2 quattro rs4.what a monster.i heard those once.v8 with exhuast.omg
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The Best Or Nothing
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@2:54 and again @ 16:00 There you see Audi's problem with the entire engine in front of the front axle. Like a revers 911 that induces all that understeer which only increases with AWD and pushes the car straight in corners. That same design is found in all new Audi cars (not R8). No amount of torque vectoring or electronics will get rid of that entirely. They have great acceleration and go crazy fast in straight line but no drivers car. They have realized they can't fix it unless they move the engine back which they have started. It will take some time as they need to change their chassis design.
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Yes, that is true. But I meant that part of the reason they have a front bias with Audis is because of AWD. With only FWD they still have it because they wouldn't change the entire car to add Quattro. And that also gives you more space inside, even though the A4/S4 and RS4 don't have that much room in the back. But yes, that is a main problem.
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+SIMcityplayer2002 I would say AWD in nearly all situations causes understeer. FWD causes more understeer obviously, but to have the steering wheels also providing acceleration causes understeer in nearly all circumstances. Helical diffs, electronic trickery, and fancy suspension can help, but AWD is not optimum if you want a neutral balance. It is useful for unpredictable road surfaces and everyday life...which is why I still like it in a performance car. At the track, I'd like RWD.
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Great review, love your presenting style.  Brits do the best car reviews imo
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A video with full of Audi, then the C63 comes for a few minutes and eat Audi for breakfast.
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Great review on some great Audi's
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What you're saying is that review three audi s and the winner is the C63 AMG... soo typical nowadays these people review cars.
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c63 is ugly in the back.. or boring I should say
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It's a fact that ...the REAL! RS-Story ends in 2001 with the b5. No LaunchControl,no Automatic,no naturally aspirated,no Sedan, no convertible or any other shit!! Audi sell his soul since these years!
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There was such thing as a B5 RS4 saloon. Just type it up on Google. Also, I meant no n/a is a bad thing (in some ways) because you have turbos.
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An AMG C63 Coupe selling in Malaysia at RM781,888 (US$241,472.51). plus yearly ROAD TAX at RM16,980 (US$5,243.98) due to the engine displacement of 6.3L. plus compulsory insurance of RM23,456.64 (US$7,244.18) yearly.  anyone?
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Thats why i live in germany where u pay 500€ per month and 40.000€ once Fuck ur malaysia
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What a stupid comparence.... A 6.3 liter vs a 4.2 liter.... What whas expected then? Did anyone ever had the idea that Audi just wants to make a fast, good looking, safe and perfectly handling car? They keep on comparing it with an M5 and an C63 AMG but its a smaller engine...
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Displacement has nothing to do with power output when talking about high performance engines.
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Does supercharged count as naturally aspirated!?!?
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hatchbacks are ugly vehicles...
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penelope pecks partied out poo ploppers
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13:40 - start of a huge smile on my face 
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When does Chris drive a rs7 ...
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I would love an m3 wagon.
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They were going to make an e46 one, the pictures were amazing.
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i have an audi RS4 600HP
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b5 RS4 is soooo much cooler than the others...  I really love it. 
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Audi is all weather car it is built for the road
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For me it's the B5 RS4. Squat muscular looks with all the torque you need to drive very fast without having to wring the neck of the car which on most roads is is not very practical or safe to do. That said the Merc C63 looks stunning as well but has the slight edge in terms of classyness. But living in the UK where it rains 'all' the time I think it would be difficult to find opportunities to use its tremendous power without spinning off in a tree. Audi RS4 B5. An iconic depreciation proof practical supercar.
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C63 sound wins! The best V8 out there! Fuel consumption may be a bit dramatic though :D
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What fucking Indian dude :/
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Sadly, Mercedes never knew how to make a good looking estate car... Neither does BMW...
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The front end looks great and the back looks cool on the AMG.  Just the roof line is not as nice as the Audis.
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Is he driving the same car as me!?  I used to drive a "fast diesel" (a chipped 3.0TDI A4) and I know for a fact that it's nowhere NEAR as quick as my B8 RS4.  I had an S4 after the diesel and that was fast.  The RS4 is BIBLICALLY quick....  And you really don't have to be up it the whole time.  It's fast period.  If you boot it it's kick you in the back fast...  Personally I love the dynamic steering.  It makes it much easier to get around in tight spaces.  And I find the suspension just fine, although I would agree that the dynamic suspension is VERY stiff!  
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@7:25 to 7:48 he is spot on about Tq!
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The newer MMI is easier to use than this car.  Just saying.
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He's wearing a tire slayer shirt I knew he was a secret hoonigan 
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It's like watching national geographic but about cars.
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when it comes to amgs mercedes just dystroys any other luxury car out there
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Tbh most of it was his opinion either car is good and it didn't destroy nothing. They are different cars for different people.
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Since when did all the unwanted negativity wash into the comments section nearly two years after the video is made? Beyond me...
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You're surprised that it burns gas???... And you're the car experts, smh. You just mentioned it was a V8. Your descriptions upon the two vehicles is not accurate nor credible. B5 is effortless, but the B7 is better, due to...? So much nostalgia going on about the B5...I don't like the comparisons, or the review made by you....With All Do Disrespect.
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I want a B5 S4 so bad had to take a a4 2.0t Quattro instead. I swear I missed out on all the good cars
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Mercedes wins again :D The best car in the World, from day 1, 10000000 years ago
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+saine414 and the Merc has sideways! sliding around all over the place
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+johnny rex which is a very good thing!
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Do one of these style video's for the BMW M5!
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My uncle took me in his rs4 yesterday, how fast it pulls of the line! And the sound omds
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These are the type of videos that just makes him look stupid. I haven't heard one reviewer until now that doesn't like to be able to control all the settings in a car.
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+Alfred Booth It was at one point, they even tried it in the new series. Sadly the majority of people just want to see non stop messing around. I find Top Gear amusing but it's starting to get a bit old to me, sadly. I wish they'd get Tiff back and have him be the Stig and give proper reviews of how a car drives. Not the usual "it's American, it is crap", "it's german it's boring" "This English car that broke down 8 times on the track is the best thing in the world" yawn.
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+AudiDriven13 I think his point was just that he couldn't find a setting that worked well every time, he had to constantly change something to get it right. That may vary in everyday usage, as you're not pushing the car as much, but I think the car just didn't have a nice balance between performance and comfort.
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What is chris driving in real life ???
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Forward to 12mins 50secs onward for the best car. Its a matter of taste. If you want silly toys, suspension settings to confuse a rocket scientist,  and silly gadgets, join the other aggressive testosterone fueled muppets that sit on your rear bumper (assuming they keep up) get the S4. If you prefer a proper driver's car that powers from the rear wheels and does everything without having to shout about it (apart from the sonet from the exhausts) then it has to be the C63. See the 507 edition for more kick!
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Mercedes supporter. RS4 is less shouting about it and j quicker in the real world. 507 is just a tuned C63 anybody can do it.Also, AWD is also a driver's choose. Say to avoid FWD.
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And 507 is just a tuned AMG.
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Why did Audi use that great but old 4.2 v8 an not the smaller lighter more efficient and powerful 4.0 twin turbo ? I think they had a sh1t load of them sitting round an thought let's see how many mugs will buy one after the success of the last rs 4 , I bet with the new m3 an the next c class amg arriving the rs4 will get a revamp with the new engine! Here's hoping anyway
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Eric Leeson Shared on Google+ · 1 year ago
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That C63 sliding around the corners with its ass in the other lane, is a negative for me. 
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+johnny rex wow, what an unintelligent comment.. Yes ofc the Traction control was turned off when he did that slide, otherwise the car wouldn't have spun the wheels.. Only Americans build cars with Traction control systems that can't hold the power back :)
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Called driftinh which chri wnated
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This Indian dude is a diabolical audi hater.
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You are retarded.
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yeah, and that's why he owns a B8 S4, quite logical..
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Chris please please give up trying to talk about cars. Useless.
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chris, there is a huge pube on your chin at 12:45
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"...the optional dynamic steering is pants"
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Have U ever driven the old R5 engine? Just the sound and the totally different feeling of this motor is worth every penny of it. The Rs3 is a bit small for anything else but a city car or for very small persons family car. For fun - it is a bit on the heavy side. With some prepwork it can be a monster of a car and this R5 engine is not only capable but tunable and it lasts! They do need a lot of attention though. And it costs like hell.
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he always explain why he don't likes certain things, but mostly he's the only person who thinks that why. The MMI in the Audis are fantastic, especially as a family you will learn to love the election between sporty and comfort. His statements are contradictory the whole time. Both are great cars. But Chris is a dick.
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the audi is much more beautiful that the mercedes which looks like has a van.this car is bland its engine is extraordinary but why in this car?
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GREAT REVIEW WOW , REMINDS ME OF MY VW PASSAT
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And before you start crying it's an RS4, not an RS5: the RS4 was built at the same time as the M3, has the same weight and power so all these things are taken out of the equasion. It just comes down to chassis, suspension & balance. I.e. the real driver's car will come out on top. So I'd say enjoy the understeer when you're watching the Audi.. Enjoy!
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Manually operating the wipers... I used to do the same thing in my A4
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I've had a B7 RS4 for the last 6 years and I'm never selling mine, it's just the most complete vehicle I've ever owned.
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