Audi says: “No RS4 for you!”

Audi RS4

Here’s one story we had hoped we wouldn’t need to tell. Audi has no plans to build an immediate successor to its almighty RS4. AUSmotive heard this information several months ago, too, but we were hoping we were being led down the garden path. Despite earlier rumours to the contrary, it appears we weren’t.

Supposedly the 331kW RS5 is deemed to provide enough RS thrills on the current B8 platform (or derivative) of the current A4.

Assuming this latest word is correct, it need not mean the end of the RS4 nameplate forever. There have been two RS4 models created by quattro GmbH, one built on the B5 platform (2000–01), the other, and perhaps best of the RS models made to date, built on B7 architecture (2006–08). With any luck, we’ll see a B9 RS4 around 2014, give or take a year.

To remind you why RS4s are the business, even if the B5 wasn’t quite the real deal, you can access a couple of clips after the break.

[Source: Car and Driver]

Audi RS4 (B5)

(Embedding has been disabled on the second clip, click the picture above to see the Classic Top Gear review from Tiff Needell.)