The days when performance cars were mostly coupes or small hatchbacks are long gone as automakers will sell you anything from sedans and wagons to convertibles and SUVs. Audi Sport has nearly all the bases covered with its vast portfolio of models, but there’s one it doesn’t offer – the RS4 Sedan. The current-generation model along with its predecessor are wagon-only affairs, but the RS4 B7 was available in four-door guise. Sure, there’s the mechanically related RS5 Sportback, but it’s not a true sedan.
The car featured here belongs to Sam Wallace from Driven.co.nz, having bought it from his mother back in 2016. He wanted to find out whether it’s worth forking out the money for a new performance car by pitting his RS4 Sedan against a couple of Ford Mustangs. He believes the amount of money his mother paid for the car in 2006 wouldn’t necessarily get him a better car in 2020.
In the first drag race, the RS4 B7 with its naturally aspirated 4.2-liter engine had to go up against another V8-powered car. It was a Mustang RTR with 454 hp and 556 Nm (410 lb-ft) of torque from its 5.0 whereas the Audi had to make do with 414 hp and 430 Nm (317 lb-ft). While the Quattro all-wheel drive helped the sedan take the lead at the start of the drag race, it was ultimately a win for the RWD coupe.
It was an entirely different story in the second drag race because the RS4 B7 faced a lesser opponent – the Mustang EcoBoost High Performance equipped with a four-cylinder engine. The Ford Focus-related turbocharged 2.3-liter is rated at 316 hp and 448 Nm (330 lb-ft), so it’s safe to say it wasn’t a fair fight. Unsurprisingly, the four-pot ‘Stang didn’t stand a chance.
It was a tie in the end, with Sam Wallace says he’ll be keeping his RS4 in the foreseeable future. Wise move, we’d say.