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“Strong lines, confident stance and just the right amount of sparkle”
“Visual subtlety is intentional, with upscale body touches that say ‘high-class sport sedan’”
For those looking for a blazing-fast sedan or convertible but without the unwanted attention (usually from the police) that goes along with owning a traditional supercar, Audi has introduced the 2008 Audi RS4.
The 2008 Audi RS4 lineup includes two body styles: a traditional sedan and a convertible that Audi deems the Audi RS4 Cabriolet. According to reviewers at MyRide.com, “Audi has made ordering the 2008 RS4 Cabriolet a simple affair—there’s but one trim and it’s fully-loaded,” and reviews read by TheCarConnection.com show that the same holds true for the Audi RS4 sedan. The exterior of the Audi 2008 RS4 gets mixed reviews, with some praising its subdued styling and others wishing for more of a visual impact. Mother Proof, however, is taken with the “strong lines, confident stance and just the right amount of sparkle” on the 2008 Audi RS4. Cars.com notes that “the RS4 closely resembles the S4,” though some “revisions include a 1.5-inch wider track, lower bumper extensions and side slats ahead of the front wheels.” ForbesAutos reviewers feel the “visual subtlety is intentional, with upscale body touches that say ‘high-class sport sedan,’ not ‘rich kid running wild with Daddy’s money.’” One exterior feature that many reviews don’t appreciate is the folding soft top on the Audi 2008 RS4 Cabriolet. While a soft top may be lighter than a safer hardtop, Car and Driver still finds that “the conversion from sedan to convertible cuts the door count to two and adds about 300 pounds to the RS4’s saddle bags.”
The interior styling of the Audi RS4 lineup wins high praise from reviewers for its combina-tion of slick styling and impressive materials. Cars.com appreciates the “Nappa leather up-holstery” that comes standard on the 2008 Audi RS4, while the “carbon fiber [that] spans the dashboard and door panels” provides a sporty appearance to the interior. ForbesAutos adds that “the interior follows the sophisticated but understated performance theme,” though their one criticism is that “the abundance of buttons and switches on the dash and center console does spoil the aesthetic a bit.”
The 2008 Audi RS4 arrives on the scene with tons of class—and a little less flash than its hot-blooded personality could justify.