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This limited edition RS4 is an ode to bronze

Audi is making 25 stealthy special editions of its junior super estate

Published: 18 Feb 2020

Bronze. A colour associated with the second-fastest loser, an Age of people smelting swords, and now a limited edition fast estate from Audi. Ladies and gents, say hello to the Audi RS4 RS4 Bronze Edition.

With the new RS6 taking all the headlines, this is that other fast estate from Audi, just freshly-facelifted, in a stealthy spec and with contrasting bronze wheels. Oh, and limited to just 25 examples. So it’s properly rare. Unlike bronze.

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Cloaked in Vesuvius Grey paint with black detailing, Audi Sport obviously instantly forgot the stealth memo by putting a set of ritzy 20-inch bronze milled wheels on it – which is a bit like a member of the SAS going on a mission but wearing a pair of fluro Air Max 90s. There’s also a black grille and air intakes, matte carbon lip spoiler and mirrors, black roof rails and a sports exhaust. Inside, it’s pretty much business as usual, just with the newer 10.1-inch MMI touchscreen infotainment system and some bronze stitching. Fair play, Cupra has been dining on that stitching being exclusive for the last couple of years.

Disappointingly, the standard RS4’s 2.9-litre turbocharged V6 is unchanged. So you’re still getting 444bhp and 443lb ft, which is good for 0-62mph in 4.1sec and a limited top speed of 155mph.

Prices start at £82,395, which is a lot considering the standard car starts at £64,600. But the Carbon Black RS4 is £71,000 and the Vorsprung is £82,200, and the Bronze has all the options they do (Comfort and Sound pack, sports exhaust etc) so you’re basically paying £200 for some wheels a Viking would want to steal and some exclusivity.

Now, we’d hate to be cynical, but could this just be a bit of PR to remind people that the RS4 is still a thing? Y’know because its bigger, bootier and faster brother – the RS6 – is currently the talk of the town? We’ll let you decide. Either way, it’s on sale now.

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