We know the new B9-generation Audi RS4 Avant is fast, faster than almost all of its competitors. With its 2.9 liter twin-turbocharged V6, the RS4 makes 450 hp and 443 lb-ft of torque. That engine is paired with an eight-speed auto as-standard and sends power to all four wheels. So it can get off the line quick, sprinting from 0-60 mph in about 3.8 seconds. But how much faster is it than its predecessors?
In this new video from Carwow, Mat Watson pits the new B9 Audi RS4 against some of its previous generations, including an Audi RS2 Avant, which while not an RS4 is the first ‘RS’ car ever. Lined up in between the old-school RS2 and the brand-new B9 RS4 are the B5 RS4 Avant and the B7 RS4 Avant.
On paper, none of the other cars stand a chance. The B7 Audi RS4 Avant has the best shot of besting the new car, with its 4.2 liter naturally-aspirated V8, making 420 hp. Its free-breathing V8 is paired with a six-speed manual gearbox and the RS4 sports Quattro all-wheel drive. 0-60 mph happens in 4.6 seconds.
While the B5-generation Audi RS4 Avant gets a 2.7 liter twin-turbo V6, making about 375 hp, which is paired with a six-speed manual gearbox. It’s lighter than the B7, though, so it’s capable of a 0-60 mph time of 4.9 seconds, which isn’t too far behind.
If those cars don’t stand much of a chance, the original Audi RS2 Avant from the early ’90s certainly doesn’t. Its 2.2 liter turbocharged five-cylinder engine is a thing of beauty but, even though it was co-developed by Porsche, its power is seriously dated here, making only 311 ponies. It’s also paired with a six-speed manual and Quattro all-wheel drive. So 0-60 mph happens in a claimed 4.8 seconds.
So now that we have the info on each car, where do you think each car places? The results might surprise you.
There were two heats, both of which were, obviously, dominated by the new B9 RS4. It simply fired off the line ahead of everything else with ease and never let up. It is the most powerful and modern car, after all, so that result is no surprise. What was surprising was what came after. In the first race, the B5 RS4 was actually second fastest, launching harder than the B7 RS4 and the RS2. However, in the second heat, the B7 RS4 just edges out the B5, ever so slightly. In both heats, the RS2 ends up in last place but that’s not really a surprise.