In the world of car enthusiasts the older, simpler and purer a car is the better. The B7 Audi RS4 is one of these simple and pure performance cars. With a naturally aspirated 4.2 liter V8, a 6-Speed manual and hydraulic power-steering, the B7 RS4 will love on in gearhead lore forever. Ask any Audi fan which RS4 they’d want to have and the B7 will almost unanimously be the answer.
Most Audi fans know this, as well as car enthusiasts in general. So the folks at PistonHeads decided to figure out which one is better, with no bias involved. Just test both cars out back to back and see which one they’d rather take home.
While the B7 Audi RS4 is universally loved, the B8 Audi RS4, on the other hand is not as loved. Though it’s faster, technically handles better, is more spacious and more comfortable, enthusiasts tend to dislike it. This is because it’s only available with the 7-Speed dual clutch automatic gearbox, has slightly more vague electronic power-steering and just isn’t as connected. It still uses the same V8 as the B7, though it makes 30 more horsepower, 450 instead of 420. Regardless of which car the 4.2 liter V8 is in, it’s glorious with one of the best exhaust notes in the business. It will definitely make us miss it when it’s gone.
But none of the horsepower numbers or performance figures matter to most enthusiasts. For most of them, how the car feels is paramount. And I mostly agree with them. However, there is something to be said about the effortless and violent speeds that modern cars with modern technology can deliver. While the B7 RS4 is fast, the B8 is even more so, with viciously fast upshifts. It’s also nice to have a performance car that can switch off and become a luxury car when you don’t feel like hammering it.
The B7 Audi RS4 is one of the more visceral automotive experience one can get, but it’s nice to have an extremely satisfying driving experience and have the comfort and amenities of a modern car as well. So while the B7 RS4 will live on forever in our hearts, it’s the B8 RS4 I’d rather have in my driveway. I completely agree with the gentleman from Pistonheads. He’s onto something.