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Audi RS4 (2000)

Production of the original B5 Audi RS4 Avant quattro (Typ 8D) was introduced by AUDI AG at the end of 1999 for subsequent sale in 2000 as the successor to Porsche / Quattro GmbH joint venture developed Audi RS2 Avant. The RS4, like its predecessor the RS2, was available only as an Avant (Audi name car station wagon), and was built on an existing platform Volkswagen Group B5 together with the Audi A4 1998 and S4. The car was available for sale in most of Europe, parts of Asia and in some Latin American countries.

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Power came from a modified version of the B5 S4's 2.7 L, twin-turbocharged V6 engine tuned by Cosworth Technology, featuring enlarged intake/exhaust ports on the cylinder heads, turbochargers and intercoolers, new induction and exhaust systems and a re-calibrated engine management system; a six-speed manual transmission and Audi's Quattro all wheel drive system were part of the package. The modifications were enough to bump the engine's power output from the 265 PS (195 kW/261 hp) and 350 Nm (257 ft·lbf) of the S4 to 380 PS (280 kW/375 hp) and 440 Nm (325 ft·lbf).

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Audi RS4 (2000)

Even with a curb weight of 1620 kg (3568 lb), the RS4's powerful engine gave it the performance of a sports car. The 100 km/h (62 mph) mark could be reached in only 4.7 seconds and the 160 km/h (100 mph) could be achieved in just 11.6. Brakes were also developed in house by Audi/Cosworth Technologies not by Porsche as with the RS2. It now has 360 mm (14.2 inches) rotors at the front and 312 mm (12.2 inches) at the rear gave the RS4 braking to match, needing less than 50 m (155 ft) to come to a full stop from a speed of 110 km/h (69 mph).

It produced 6,030 units between 1999 and 2002.