There’s a lot of praise being thrown at the brand-new B9-generation Audi RS4 Avant. And deservedly so. It’s a brilliant car, one that blends speed, comfort, practicality and dynamics into one cohesive, handsome and luxurious package. It’s a complete package that’s almost impossible to beat at its price point. If there was one criticism, though, it’s with the engine. Not that it’s bad, because its 2.9 liter twin-turbocharged V6 is far from bad. In fact, its power delivery is superb. However, it isn’t as epic as the 4.2 liter naturally-aspirated V8 that powered the previous B8-generation RS4 Avant. And this specific Solar Orange B8 RS4 is exactly the sort of car that makes us miss the older days of Audi.
As a complete package, the new B9 Audi RS4 Avant is better than the old B8 one (don’t @ me). It’s faster, more dynamic, more capable and better looking. However, the old one was just a bit more exciting and this Solar Orange one is a good example of that and why you might want it over a new one.
Firstly, Solar Orange was a very rare color option when the B8 Audi RS4 Avant was new, which makes it unique. It’s also more exciting than the sea of grey and black Audis you see on the road. Secondly, it packs that free-breathing V8 under its hood that is far more charismatic than the new car’s blown-six. So when you combine its unique color and thrilling engine, this specific RS4 becomes very tempting.
This specific car is currently on sale for the price of £24,990 (around $33,824) and that’s a bargain compared to the £61,625 of the new car. Admittedly, this car has around 89,000 miles on it, so it’s not very fresh. Plus, Audi RS cars have never been as reliable as Toyotas, nor have they ever been cheap to fix. However, this one does come with a full service history, supposedly, and the cost savings over a new one does make it worth it.
We’re big fans of the new Audi RS4 Avant and think it’s the most worthwhile car in its price range. However, we can’t blame anyone who would decide to save themselves a lot of money and go with the older, more thrilling V8-powered car. Especially in Solar Orange.