2008 Audi RS 4 vs. Its Competition

2008 Audi RS 4
Marty Padgett Marty Padgett Editorial Director

The 2008 Audi RS4 competes in two arenas; against sedans, it's a head-to-head foe of the BMW M3, though priced much higher, and the new Lexus IS-F, also much cheaper.

The RS4 has the all-wheel-drive advantage, however.

Among convertibles, the Mercedes-Benz SL550 isn't quite as quick and it's only a two-seater, but it comes with a folding hardtop standard.

Jaguar's lovely XKR has scalding-hot power and a feline grace about it, as well as a fantastic six-speed automatic with paddle shifters and two very small, very unusable rear seats.

The V-10-powered BMW M6 convertible is even costlier and heftier, and it has a confusing array of interior controls.

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2008 BMW 3-Series M32008 BMW M3
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Quick Specs
The 2008 Audi RS4 sedan and cabriolet bring rocketlike power and price tags to the otherwise humble A4 lineup.
The 2008 BMW M3 redefines the performance envelope for BMW's 3-Series range--but at a significant weight and price penalty. You might be going too fast to notice, though.
The 2008 Lexus IS-F challenges the best from Germany, bringing 168-mph capability with an uber-high pricetag to boot.
MSRP From   
Gas Mileage   
13 MPG City / 20 MPG Hwy11 MPG City / 17 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy
Gas V8Gas V10N/AGas V8
EPA Class   
Style Name   
4-Door Sedan2-Door CoupeN/AF 4-Door Sedan
All-Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveN/ARear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity   
Passenger Doors   
Body Style   
4 Door Sedan2 Door CoupeN/A4 Door Sedan
Detailed Spec Comparison
 2008 Audi RS 4 vs. 2009 BMW M62008 Audi RS 4 vs. 2008 BMW M32008 Audi RS 4 vs. 2008 Lexus IS F