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BillTheButcher

8P RS3 -> B8 RS4

Following on from this thread:
http://audisrs.com/about63971.html

I drove a B8 RS4 and a W204 C63 (with Performance Pack) last weekend. The C63 is something that I've wanted to drive for a really, really long time. What a disappointment. The engine was as magnificent as I was expecting it to be, and the ceramic brakes were mighty, but the rest of the car was a real letdown.

The interior felt very low-rent (not something I ever thought I'd say about a Merc) compared to the B8's. The seats were nowhere near as comfortable. The dash displays and infotainment all felt thoroughly out-of-date. But the worst thing of all - the one that really ruined it for me - was the gearbox. It was a facelift so it had the MCT (Mercedes' dual-clutch effort). Awful: sluggish upshifts (I had time to pull the paddle and take my hand completely off the wheel before the gear changed) and lazy downshifts. It was so bad that I asked to have a go in an E63 at the same dealership to make sure the 'box in the C-Class wasn't a dud. It was exactly the same. I tried all of the different driving modes and every different throttle position, to no avail.

The Audi's shifts by contrast were seamless and almost instant. I also think the snorts, pops, rumbles and blips were more pronounced in the RS4, even if it is lacking in overall aural drama compared to the lovely 6.2 in the AMG.

A huge surprise for me. The C63 is off my shortlist and I'm now on the hunt for a B8 RS4.  
Norrs2

You can alter the aural effects of the B8 RS4 with an exhaust upgrade, you can't however (not sensibly at least) strip out the low rent interior of the Merc.

When it comes to aural treats, the 5 cyl in the RS3 is a delight!!
BillTheButcher

Norrs2 wrote:
You can alter the aural effects of the B8 RS4 with an exhaust upgrade, you can't however (not sensibly at least) strip out the low rent interior of the Merc.

True.

Norrs2 wrote:
When it comes to aural treats, the 5 cyl in the RS3 is a delight!!

It does sound great but I'm a V8 fanboy.
Rushton

Theres no doubting the 8P Rs3 is a beast of a car, and that 5 cyl sounds beastly.

Reviews suggest it isnt that much apart from being stupidly quick.

Managed to drive a A45 at a track day organised through work down at silverstone last year. It was astonishingly quick in both the corners and straights. The experience was only overshadowed by the SLS and the GT, but theyre both 200 grand machines so thats to be expected.
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