Most cars have dynamic depths that are beyond the reach of road driving. But the Audi RS4 has so much more in its locker than most of us imagined, even after taking it for a spirited road drive, that it’s scarcely credible.

It combines the most extraordinary, race-like powertrain with, much of the time, perfectly respectable comfort over long distances.

Matt Prior

Matt Prior

Road test editor
All the best traits of an RS Audi and pleasingly few of the worst

When you do want to get everything out of the RS4, it pays not to approach it with smoothness and delicacy, as you might to obtain the best grip and pace of most large cars.

No. Instead, you take it by the scruff and bully the heck out of it, simply applying more throttle when you think grip is running low, whereupon it will find unfathomable reserves of grip and traction. It responds like a plus-size variant of the most aggressive, brutal rally replica.

The latest RS4 will go down as not just one of the fastest RS models, but also one of the finest.

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