According to a German Audi correspondent to the US, there will be no next-generation Audi RS4 and that the Audi RS5 is considered the successor.
If this is true, ( no official communicate from Audi has been released yet ), that’s a bad news.
Speculators also say this model axing may have something to do with Porsche being given ‘rights’ to the development of future sports car platforms under the Volkswagen Group. In our opinion, that’s the real true.
Built by Quattro GMBH, in limited numbers, the Audi RS4 has only been around for 11 years since its launch in 1999. First generation RS4, B5 Audi RS4 was powered by an modified version 2.7 liter V6 bi-turbo engine.
This engine was developed and manufactured in the UK by Cosworth Technology (now known as MAHLE Powertrain). It featured enlarged intake and smaller exhaust ports on the two Cosworth Cast Aluminum Alloy ALSi7mg cylinder heads, two parallel turbochargers (one per cylinder bank), larger side-mounted intercoolers (SMICs), dished pistons, stronger connecting rods, larger intake diameter hoses, enlarged exhaust system, and a re-calibrated engine management system.
There was no RS4 built on the Audi “B6″ platform which served as the basis for the Audi A4 between 2001 and 2005.
However, on 2005 was unveiled the B7 Audi RS4. The RS4 became available to European customers in mid 2006. It was introduced at the 2006 North American International Auto Show in January, and arrived in June 2006 North America. The production run of the B7 RS4 was 2006 to 2008 inclusive, although only 2007 and 2008 model year were sold in the United States.