loading Loading please wait....

Audi RS4 B7: Buying guide and review (2005-2008)

Audi RS4 B7: Buying guide and review (2005-2008) Classic and Performance Car
Audi RS4 B7 buying guide Audi RS4 B7 buying guide Audi RS4 B7 buying guide Audi RS4 B7 buying guide
The Audi RS4 story started in 2000 with the B5 version and it set a template that remains as compelling now as it was over a decade ago: sure-footed quattro drivetrain, relentless performance, a quietly sinister aesthetic and the sense that 100 years from now, this car will still perform with the same deadly combination of speed, stability and sheer grip. 
 
The second-generation car, the one we’re looking at here, could scarcely have been more different in many respects. Out went the estate-only configuration, the heavily turbocharged engine and a bit of the sense that the RS4 was just a skunkworks project. However, those changes were resoundingly offset by the star feature of the B7 RS4 when it was launched in 2006: a normally aspirated 4.2-litre V8 that revved to 8250rpm and produced 414bhp. 
 
It was as if some rogue BMW M engineers had seen into the future and decided to get out before the turbos arrived, infiltrating quattro GmbH and living out their wildest engineering dreams. One or two might have even made it into the chassis department, because Audi’s usual 50:50 torque split was tweaked so that 60 per cent of drive went to the rear wheels. 
 
Saloon or Avant, this RS4 was something special, with a sensational six-speed manual gearbox and a chassis that coupled Audi’s usual stability-first DNA with some real fluency, adjustability and entertainment. It cemented the RS4’s legendary status, showed us that Audi had the ability and desire to take on BMW head-to-head in dynamic terms and plain just made us happy. 
 

Which Audi RS4 to buy? 

 
The B7-gen RS4 first appeared in summer 2005, though UK sales didn’t get into full swing until early 2006. It was available as a saloon and estate (Avant) and also as a rather unhappy cabriolet (best avoided). It bowed out barely two years later when the B8 version of the A4 appeared. Given such a short production run, it’s surprising just how many you can find in the classifieds, but that’s enduring proof of the way it gripped the petrolhead imagination. The B7 RS4 was simply the best drivers’ Audi since the Ur-Quattro. 
 
Beneath the flared arches and aluminium front wings and bonnet, the spec remained essentially unchanged throughout the run: 414bhp 4.2-litre all-aluminium V8 (basically the same unit that would propel the mid-engined R8 that followed soon after), six-speed manual gearbox only, rear-biased four-wheel drive, those DRC reactive dampers to provide added tautness in corners, and a Sport button to sharpen throttle response and open bypass valves in the exhaust. There was an optional Sport pack, which made the car sit a little lower and ride a little more firmly and which added ‘active’ side bolsters to the front seats. 
 

Performance and specs 

 
Engine V8, 4163cc 
Power 414bhp @ 7800rpm 
Torque 317b ft @ 5500rpm 
Transmission Six-speed manual, four-wheel drive
Weight 1650kg 
0-62mph 4.7sec
Top speed 155mph (limited)
 

Dimensions and weight 

 
Wheelbase 2651mm
Length 4586mm
Width 1816mm
Height 1415mm
Kerb weight 1710kg
 

Common problems

 
• A lot of cars suffer a build-up of carbon around the inlet valves. Not every car is affected, but it’s a common problem after around 60,000 miles. 
 
• You get oil from the breather system in the inlet tract. Direct injection means there’s nothing to wash it off the back of the valves. It’s basically a good day’s work to decoke the heads. 
 
• Telltale signs include an engine light on the dash and embers coming out of the exhaust (noticeable from a following car at night). Avoiding lots of short journeys will delay the inevitable build-up. 
 
• The V8 is otherwise reliable, but some ancillaries can need attention. The two side water radiators are vulnerable to corrosion. Look through the ducts in the bumper for seeping pink antifreeze. If you can get the car on a ramp, also check the oil cooler and pipes for corrosion and seepage. Replacement means taking the front of the car off, and parts alone are over a £1000. 
 
• Service intervals were officially every 19,000 miles, but a good specialist will recommend 10,000 miles or annually. 
 
• Drivetrains are robust but beware a heavy clutch – replacing it takes around eight hours. 
 
• The Dynamic Ride Control dampers are prone to leaking. You can keep replacing them, but many owners go for Bilstein coilovers, which retain the standard ride height. 
 
• Bushes and ball joints in the suspension last pretty well but may need replacing around 80,000 miles, depending on the life they’ve had, so listen out for knocks and bangs from front and back 
 
• Bouncy suspension means the DRC’s gone. There is a drivetrain clonk, but that’s just Audi AWD. 
 
• The brakes are massive – 365mm vented and drilled discs at the front with eight-piston, four-pad calipers. A full set of discs and pads is around £1500 just for the parts, so if they’ve been recently replaced, that’s a big tick. Vibrations through the pedal mean a bill’s looming. 
 
• The driver’s seat outer bolster may show signs of wear, while the swollen arches are prone to stone-chipping. 
 

Owners clubs, forums and websites  

 
• audi-sport.net – Forums and advice
• rs246.com – Forums and advice
• autops.co.uk – Independent specialist
• fontain.co.uk – Independent specialist
• mrctuning.com – Independent specialist
• unit20.com – Independent specialist
 

Summary and prices 

 
The B7 RS4 still enjoys a strong following and prices have levelled out, meaning there’s plenty of support while depreciation is no longer an issue. Running costs can be, though, so be aware of the potential for hefty bills and take care to find a car that’s been well maintained. 
 
Scan the classifieds and you’ll find a vast range of prices. At the bottom end there are high-mileage cars with multiple owners – usually private sales – for as little as £15,000. Don’t necessarily be put off by a high mileage, but an inspection by a specialist is likely to be money well spent. At the very top end, pristine, low-mileage, one-owner cars are advertised for as much £35,000. But around £20,000 gives you a fantastic choice of average-mileage cars with only one or two owners and excellent service histories, and that’s where we’d be looking. It’s worth noting that you’ll pay £250 less road tax a year on cars registered before March 23, 2006. 
Audi RS4 B7 buying guide Audi RS4 B7 buying guide Audi RS4 B7 buying guide Audi RS4 B7 buying guide
Last updated: 20th Sep 2016
collapse this

Audi RS4 cars for sale

35 Search results
Audi RS4
13990 46990 GBP
  • Audi RS4

    £46,990 £46,990

    Colour SatNav, Comms Pack, Dual Climate Zones, Bluetooth, Full Leather, iPod Connectivity, Panoramic Sunroof, Powered Folding Mirrors, Rain-Sensing Wipers, Xenon Headlamps, Satellite Navigation, Bang & Olufsen, Auto Lighting, Colour Coded Body, Privacy Glass, Heated Seats, Sports Seats, Adjustable Steering Column, Cruise Control, Multi-function Steering Wheel, Parking Sensors, Power Steering, Stability Control, Traction Control, Trip Computer, Electric Windows, Electric Mirrors, Electric Handbrake, Auto-dip Rearview, Alarm, Anti-Theft System, Central Locking, Immobiliser, Locking Wheel Nuts, Remote Alarm, Remote Central Locking, Tracker Fitted, Rear Spoiler, Metallic Paintwork, Rear Wash/wipe, ABS, Air Bag, Child Locks, Curtain Airbags, Isofix, Multiple Airbags, Quick-Clear Screen, Side Air Bags, Twin Air Bags, 20'' Alloys, 4x4 RUN OUT MODEL FOR THE RS4 HAS MASSIVE SPEC WHICH INCLUDES AUDI EXCLUSIVE INTERIOR AND EXTERIOR,PANORAMIC ROOF,GLOSS BLACK ROTA ALLOYS,BUCKET SEATS,DYNAMIC PACK,FULL AUDI SERVICE HISTORY

    • Mileage: 27000 mi
    • Engine size: 4163
    For sale
    Gravelwood Car Sales
  • Audi RS4 Avant ON SALE NOW

    £33,995 £33,995

    ONE owner Audi RS4 Avant presented in Suzuka Grey comes with a full Audi History and the following specification; Fine Black Nappa leather, electric heated seats with memory, multi-function flat bottom steering wheel, dual zone climate control, navigation, bluetooth phone, DAB radio with CD, Bang & Olufsen sound, key-less push button start, adaptive cruise control, power fold exterior mirrors, power tailgate, lane assist, automatic Xenon headlights, rain sensor, automatic dimming rear view mirror, privacy glass, black styling package, sport package, sports exhaust, dynamic steering, parking system advanced with reverse camera and 20" V-Spoke alloy wheels. Part exchange welcome, competitive finance available. Viewings welcome by appointment only. Body: Estate Transmission: Automatic Mileage: 67,000 Fuel Type: Petrol Registered: 2014 (14) Doors: 5 Engine Size: 4.2 Finished in: Suzuka Grey

    • Year: 2014
    • Mileage: 67000 mi
    For sale
  • Audi RS4

    £46,000 £46,000

    Variant name:Rs4 Avant Special Edition Limited Edition ,Derivative:Limited Edition ,Variant: 4.2 quattro (450PS) Limited Edition Avant Audi RS4 4.2 FSI Quattro Limited Edition 5dr S Tronic

    • Year: 2015
    • Mileage: 15147 mi
    • Engine size: 4.2
    For sale
  • Audi RS4

    £34,989 £34,989

    Sports Package, Tech Pack Advanced, Sat Nav, Bluetooth, Audi Active Lane Assist, Climate Control, Adaptive Cruise Control, Electric Heated Seats, Audi Music Interface, DAB Radio, Jukebox, Bang & Olufsen Sound, Park Distance Control, Black Styling Package, Drive Select, Adjustable Suspension, Secrecy Glass, Folding Mirrors, Flat Bottom Multi Function Steering Wheel inc Gear Shift Paddles, Full RS4 Styling and 20" Alloys. Full Service History at Audi and Specialist. www.imperials.co.uk ------ Please call us to Confirm which of our 3 Essex Showrooms your desired vehicle is located at before travelling to see us, Everyone of Our Cars Goes Through Our In House Work Shop Prior to Sale by Our Fully Qualified and Experienced Technicians - Buy with Confidence, For up to 20 images of this vehicle and an Instant Finance Quote please view www.imperials.co.uk, For Out of Office Hours Enquiries please call Tony 07956 564440 and he will be happy to help, We are also good buyers of all prestige, Sports and 4x4 vehicles so why not give us a call for a price on yours, Please Like us on Facebook and Follow us on Twitter, Thank You, www.imperials.co.uk

    • Year: 2013
    • Mileage: 34000 mi
    For sale
  • Audi RS4

    £38,500 £38,500

    Variant name:4.2 FSI Quattro 5dr S Tronic ,Variant: 4.2 FSI Quattro 5dr S Tronic Alloy Wheels,Electric Mirrors,Electric Windows,Full Service History,Heated Mirrors,Isofix Seats

    • Year: 2014
    • Mileage: 18889 mi
    • Engine size: 4.2
    For sale
  • 2007 Audi RS4 Quattro

    POA POA

    FULL SERVICE HISTORY, Recaro Bucket Seats, Heated Seats, FLAT-BOTTOM Steering Wheel, SAT NAV, Front and Rear Parking Sensors, BI XENON, Bose Sound System, Full MILLTEK Sports Exhaust With Valve control, Carbon Interior Inlays, 19 Alloys In Graphite, Privacy Glass, Climate, A/C, Computer. Driver's seat manual height adjustment, Electric front/rear windows, Electrically adjustable and heated door mirrors, Electronic Differential Lock + traction control, Electronic climate control (ECC), Engine Height/reach adjustable steering column, Interior light pack - A4/S4, Load area pack - RS4, RS bucket seats, Storage pack - RS4, Thatcham Category 1 alarm, Very good Example.

    For sale
  • Audi RS4

    £39,941 £39,941

    Variant name:4.2 FSI Quattro 5dr S Tronic ,Variant: 4.2 FSI Quattro 5dr S Tronic Alloy Wheels,Electric Mirrors,Electric Windows,Four Wheel Drive,Full Service History,Isofix Seats

    • Year: 2014
    • Mileage: 17206 mi
    • Engine size: 4.2
    For sale
  • 2013 Audi RS4 Avant Fsi Quattro

    POA POA

    1 Previous owner, SAT NAV, Panoramic sunroof, sports exhaust, Dynamic Pack, Red calipers, B&O sound, Optic Pack, Carbon Inlays, Partial Lather, Heated Seats, Front and Rear Parking Senors, ROTA Alloys, Audi Sports Differential, Drive Select with Paddleshift and Sport Mode, Welcome Lighting, Interior Lights Pack, ABS/EBD, Air Conditioning, Bluetooth, Climate Control, Dual Climate Zones, Panoramic Sunroof, Rain-Sensing Wipers, Satellite Navigation, Xenon Headlamps,Anti-Theft System, Central Locking, Immobiliser, Privacy Glass, Remote Central Locking, Electric Seats, Front Centre Armrest, Heated Seats, Cruise Control, Ibis White

    For sale
  • Audi RS4

    £40,995 £40,995

    Variant name:Avant ,Variant: RS4 Quattro 5dr Audi RS4 4.2 quattro (450PS) Avant finished in Audi exclusive customised paint finish. Specification includes bang & olufsen sound system, 20" x 9j '5 v-spoke' design polished titanium alloy wheels w, dynamic steering, convenience package, driver's seat with memory function - incl. electrically adj, door mirrors - with memory and auto dimming function. elect, sports suspension Plus with dynamic ride control (drc), garage door opener (Homelink®), sports package and sports exhaust.

    • Year: 2014
    • Mileage: 11676 mi
    • Engine size: 4.2
    For sale
  • Audi RS4

    £25,950 £25,950

    Imola Yellow Solid Paint , RS4 Carbon Fibre Interior Inlays , Audi Recaro Bucket Exclusive RS4 Leather Pack, Black (silver piping) Silk Nappa leather seats, Black optic pack, Factory Fitted Privacy Glass, Sports Suspension Plus, Audi Symphony radio with MP3-com 6-CD changer , Mobile telephone preparation with Bluetooth , Reversing Assist camera (Optional extra), Satellite Navigation system Plus, Heated Seats, HPI Clear (Complete with certificate), Full service history , Remote central locking (2 keys), ----- Services offered:, Credit and Debit card Facilities (2.9% fee), Part Exchange welcome, Bespoke finance packages specifically for you, 24/7 text line:07876627581, 4x4

    • Mileage: 52843 mi
    • Engine size: 4163
    For sale
  • Audi RS4 Avant ON SALE NOW

    £44,495 £44,495

    ONE owner Audi RS4 Avant presented in Audi Exclusive Peridot Green comes with a full Audi history and the following specification; Fine black Nappa leather and alcantara interior, bucket seats, heated front and rear seats, multi-function flat bottom steering wheel, Piano Black inlays, black styling package, technology package advanced, sports package, advanced key, dynamic ride control, sports exhaust, phone prep high with connect, Bang & Olufsen sound, navigation, panoramic open sky roof, roof rails in black, gloss black wrapped roof, privacy glass, power fold exterior mirrors, power tailgate, park assist with reverse camera, high beam assist, red brake calipers and 20" V-spoke titanium alloy wheels. Part exchange welcome, competitive finance available. Viewings welcome by appointment only. Body: Estate Transmission: Automatic Mileage: 28,000 Fuel Type: Petrol Registered: 2015 (15) Doors: 5 Engine Size: 4.2 Finished in: Exclusive Peridot Green

    • Year: 2015
    • Mileage: 28000 mi
    For sale
  • Audi RS4 RS4 Avant FSI QUATTRO

    £36,950 £36,950

    Body: Estate Transmission: Automatic Mileage: 29,000 Fuel Type: Petrol Registered: 2013 (63) Doors: 5 Engine Size: 4.2 Finished in: PHANTOM BLACK WITH BLACK NAPPA LEATHER 20" alloys

    • Year: 2013
    • Mileage: 29000 mi
    For sale
  • Audi RS4 Avant

    £19,990 £19,990

    Full Screen Sat Nav, 19'' Alloy Wheels, Full Black Leather Interior, Electrically Adjustable And Heated Seats, CD Player, Bi Xenon Headlights, CD Changer, Bose, Bluetooth, Air Conditioning, Climate Control, Trip Computer, Cruise Control, Front And Rear PDC Full Audi And Audi Specialist Service History. Fastidiously Looked After With A Whole Folder Of Invoices And Receipts. Very High Specification Which Includes, Full Screen Sat Nav, 19'' Alloy Wheels, Full Black Leather Interior, Electrically Adjustable And Heated Seats, Radio CD, CD Changer, Bluetooth, BOSE Speaker Upgrade, Air Conditioning, Climate Control, Arm Rest, Trip Computer, Cruise Control, Brushed Aluminium Interior Trim, 6 Speed, Front And Rear Park Distance Control, Bi Xenon Headlights, Auto Lights And Wipers, Keyless Start, Electric Windows, Electric Mirrors, Remote Central Locking, Power Steering, Alarm, Immobiliser, Isofix. 5 seats, Mugello Blue Pearl Metallic, We Are A Family Run Business Specialising In Sports, Prestige And Performance Cars. Ideally Located On The Border Of Hampshire, Surrey And West Sussex. Our Premises Are Situated A Stones Throw From The A3 And The London Waterloo To Portsmouth Train Line. All Vehicles Are HPI Checked And Come With A Comprehensive 6 Month Warranty Which Can Be Extended. We Offer Hire Purchase And PCP Finance Packages At Very Competitive Rates. Pleased To Be Approved Under The Hampshire Trading Standards 'Buy With Confidence' Scheme, Open 9.00-5.30 Monday To Saturday, Sundays And Out Of Hours By Appointment.

    • Mileage: 67000 mi
    • Engine size: 4163
    For sale
  • Audi RS4 AVANT 4,2L V8

    POA POA

    Features : Book a day, Next to 9000 km, Sport Chassis .... Comment : Electric sunroof, full sports package rims + Wheel + Sports seats, GPS, iPod, Bluetooth, parking sensors, Xenon, automatic climate control, Aluminium finish ...

    • Year: 2009
    • Mileage: 24239 mi
    For sale
  • 2006 Audi RS4 Quattro

    POA POA

    FULL AUDI SERVICE HISTORY, Recaro Bucket Seats, Heated Seats, FLAT-BOTTOM Steering Wheel, SAT NAV, Front and Rear Parking Sensors, BI XENON, Bose Sound System, Headlights. 19" 7 arm double spoke design alloy wheels, Anti-slip regulation, Cruise control, Driver's seat manual height adjustment, Electric front/rear windows, Electric lumbar adjustment, Electrically adjustable and heated door mirrors, Electronic Differential Lock + traction control, Electronic climate control (ECC), Engine Height/reach adjustable steering column, Interior light pack - A4/S4, Load area pack - RS4, RS bucket seats, Storage pack - RS4, Thatcham Category 1 alarm, Very good Example.

    For sale
  • AUDI RS4 Quattro. Phantom Black Pearl

    £18,995 £18,995

    V8 - 4.2 FSI 420BHP 6 Speed Manual ;Phantom Black Pearlescent;Full Black Leather Interior ;RS4 Hard Back Bucket Seats;Heated Seats ;Adaptive Electric Seats;RS Sports Flat Bottom Steering Wheel;Sport Mode;Cruise Control;Technology Pack ;Audi Satellite Navigation Plus;BOSE Surround Sound System;CD Changer;Push Button Start;Driver Information System (DIS);Dual Climate Controlled Air Conditioning;Adaptive Xenon's with Headlamp Wash;Daytime Running Lights (DRL);Auto Dimming Interior Mirror;Front and Rear Park Assist;19" RS4 7 Double Spoke Alloys;Gloss Black Brake Calipers ;Stainless Tail Pipes.;Standard RS4 Covered Only 69,000 Miles with Full Service History Plus Invoice File Incuding Original Bill Of Sale, Cost New GBP 54,400. Recent Service and Included Spark Plugs, Brake Pads and 4 New Tyres etc. Tracker, Complete Supplying Book Pack, 2 Remote Keys, Spare Key and Plastic Key Tag all Present. ;;Please Call for Appointment to View. ;Full Dealer Facilities - Finance and Warranty.;Nationwide Delivery.

    • Mileage: 69000 mi
    For sale
  • AUDI RS4 4.2 TFSI Stronic Quattro 2014

    £37,993 £37,993

    RAC INSPECTED and APPROVED Top Brand Cars Are Delighted To Offer This Stunning Very High Spec RS4, Black, With Crystal Effect Paint, And Fine Nappa Leathr w. RS Front Super Sports Seats (Heated and Electric), This Fantastic Example Has Over GBP 8000.00 Of Factory Fitted Upgrades, They Include Sports Pack With Sports Suspension Plus with Dynamic Ride Control, Advanced Technology Pack, 20inx9J 5-V Spoke Design Titanium Alloy Wheels, Heated/Elec. Folding Door Mirrors, Adaptive Cruise Control with Braking Guard, Audi Active Lane Assist, Reversing Camera, Electric Tailgate, Bang and Olufsen Sound System, MMI Navigation Plus Hard Disk Nav, 7in High Resolution Touch Screen, Automatic Climate Control with Separate Driver and Front Passenger Controls, DAB Digital Radio, Voice Control for Telephone Functions, Audi Music Interface, Bluetooth Interface - for Hands - Free Mobile Phone Connectivity, Rain Sensor, Sun Protection Glass, Full Service History, There Are Many More Features So For Full Spec Feel Free To Contact Our Sales Team. VIEWING BY APPOINTMENT ONLY. Part Exchange Welcome. Finance Available. Debit And Credit Cards Taken

    • Mileage: 37000 mi
    • Engine size: 4.163
    For sale
  • Audi RS4

    £13,990 £13,990

    Bluetooth, Climate Control, Colour SatNav, Dual Climate Zones, Full Leather, Satellite Navigation, Xenon Headlamps, Alarm, Anti-Theft System, Central Locking, Immobiliser, Privacy Glass, Remote Alarm, Remote Central Locking, Electric Seats, Front Centre Armrest, Head Restraints, Height Adjustable Seat, Heated Seats, Sports Seats, Rear Armrest, Rear Headrests, Adjustable Steering Column, Parking Sensors, Power Steering, Stability Control, Traction Control, Trip Computer, ABS, Child Locks, Multiple Airbags, Isofix, Auto Lighting, Colour Coded Body, Front Fog Lamps, Headlamp Jetwash, Metallic Paintwork, Automatic Electric Windows, Electric Mirrors, Push Button Start, Bose, CD Player, Radio, Multi-function Steering Wheel, Alloy wheels, 4x4, Full service history This RS4 was taken in part exchange by us, the Audi is in superb condition and the car drives exceptionally well.All our cars are history checked.We are an RAC Approved Dealer and Supply our car with an RAC Warranty and Breakdown Cover.Finance and Part Exchange are available, viewing by appointment please

    • Mileage: 120347 mi
    • Engine size: 4163
    For sale
  • Audi RS4

    £17,995 £17,995

    4x4 FULL SERVICE HISTORY, Recaro Bucket Seats, Heated Seats, FLAT-BOTTOM Steering Wheel, SAT NAV, JUST HAD NEW BRAKES, CRUISE CONTROL, 6CD IN DASH CHANGER, Rear Parking Sensors, CENTER ARM REST, DRL LIGHTS, BI XENON, BOSE Sound System, Carbon Interior Inlays, 19 Alloys, Privacy Glass, Climate, A/C, Computer. Driver's seat manual height adjustment, Electric front/rear windows, Electronic Differential Lock + traction control, Electronic climate control, Engine Height/reach adjustable steering column, Interior light pack - RS4, RS bucket seats, Storage pack - RS4, Thatcham Category 1 alarm

    • Mileage: 76800 mi
    • Engine size: 4163
    For sale
Related Specification
Related content