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Whereas the roots of the RS dynasty can be traced to one car before the RS4 B5, this twin-turbocharged superwagon was perhaps the most valuable one for Audi. Its fierce power delivery could put many thoroughbred sports cars to the test, and combined with usability of a family car, it was the most versatile and daily-friendly performance car of the early 21st century.

Without any doubt, the pioneering RS4 ticks all the right boxes for becoming a cherished modern classic, so let’s dig into its origins and technical details and see what exactly makes it one.

History & Development of the Audi RS4 B5

Audi’s first foray into the performance longroof segment was the RS2. Based on the Audi 90 Avant and built alongside Mercedes-Benz 500E in Porsche’s factory in Zuffenhausen, this supercar beater single-handedly kickstarted the superwagon craze in Europe while also saving Porsche in its toughest times.

In addition to putting Audi and its quattro all-wheel drive into the spotlight once again, the RS2 also established a new high performance badge. A tier above the sporty S cars, RS stood for RennSport or racing sport and was initially restricted to A4 and A6, until Audi eventually expanded RS models to a larger portion of its lineup. The rights to wear the RS badge were, in fact, so exclusive that the gap between the RS2 and its successor was five years.

By the time Audi quattro GmbH started developing the next RS car, the company from Ingolstadt completed its transition into the upmarket, introducing a new alphanumeric nomenclature to underline its newly attained status.

The 80 and 90 lineup thus became the Audi A4 and the range debuted with a rejuvenated design. Looking considerably more modern than the competition, the A4 was on par, or even better than its rivals at BMW and Mercedes-Benz. Alongside the revolutionary A8, it became the car that shaped the Audi brand as we know it today.

Black Audi RS4 B5 sitting outside warehouse

Black Audi RS4 B5 sitting outside warehouse

Three years after the A4 premiered in November 1994, Audi introduced the 261-horsepower S4 sedan and wagon, powered by a 2.7-liter twin-turbocharged V6 unit based on the 90° 2.8-liter V6 found at the top of the A4 range.

The S4 was met with universal appraise for its brisk performance and obedient quattro all-wheel drive. As such, it was just the right foundation for the new RS model.

As Audi grew and Porsche gained financial stability through the Boxster and the 996 911, the production of the RS4 was handled in-house at the Neckarsulm factory. The majority of engineering was carried out within Audi quattro GmbH department, whereas Cosworth, one of Volkswagen’s many 1990s acquisitions, took care of the engine development.

Rear of Audi RS4 B5 showing logo near tail light

Rear of Audi RS4 B5 showing logo near tail light

The RS4 was built from 1999 to 2001 in 6030 copies, and was available in Europe and selected global markets in both LHD and RHD variants. It was priced at around $60,180, an equivalent of $99,910 in today’s money. Unlike the S4 though, Audi didn’t bring the RS4 to North American soil, which will make it a highly desirable collector car—just like the RS2 has become in recent years.

Front view of Audi RS4 B5 in lot near building

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By: Djordje Sugaris
Title: [In-Depth Review] Audi RS4 B5
Sourced From: sportscardigest.com/audi-rs4-b5-in-depth-review/
Published Date: Tue, 14 Dec 2021 14:13:49 +0000

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Here comes trouble: A Triumph TR6 with a Matchless frame

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Kids are impressionable, especially when motorcycles are involved. That magical combination of sound, smell and danger has a way of imprinting itself on young minds. But Kyle Harvey didn’t just dream of bikes as a child—he practically grew up with them.

Kyle’s trade is tool and die making, but his passion is building bikes. His father, Garth Harvey, got Kyle and his brother into bikes at a young age; as soon as they could start their old man’s vintage motorcycles, they were riding them. Living in Edenvale in South Africa’s Gauteng province, the boys also had direct access to the local Classic Motorcycle Club.

 

The folks at the CMC made quite an impression on young Kyle—and taught him everything he knows about vintage bikes. After helping numerous friends work on their bikes, he went on to open his own shop, named simply ‘The Workshop.’ Kyle has been building and restoring classic motorcycles for over a decade now.

This cheeky bobber is his latest build, and it’s immensely fascinating. The engine’s from a Triumph TR6 Trophy, the frame is from a Matchless, and the quirky handmade details on it are endless.

Custom Triumph TR6 with Matchless frame

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By: Ben Pilatti
Title: Here comes trouble: A Triumph TR6 with a Matchless frame
Sourced From: www.bikeexif.com/custom-triumph-tr6-matchless-frame
Published Date: Wed, 21 Dec 2022 17:01:12 +0000

 

 

 

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The Swan Song of the V12

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The V12 engine holds a special place in the heart of many automotive and motorsports fans. For some, it’s the sound of Formula 1 through the years, especially during the 1990s. For others, it’s engines like the 6.1 L BMW S70/2 from the McLaren F1 or the 3.9L Lamborghini V12 that powered all their cars from the Miura through to the Diablo. No matter where it lies in your heart, it is the “proper” configuration for many: 6 cylinders per bank, put into a V, and firing in an odd sequence to give it that special roar under power.

Yet, as concerns over fuel efficiency, qualms about environmental impact, and high-powered turbocharged V8 or V6 engines are the norm now, the V12 is slowly, but surely, being put to rest. In fact, the only place that V12s are still hanging on by the last threads of their engine mounting bolts are in supercars, hypercars, and a few ultra-luxury cars. Even then, many exotic brands have announced that their next cars will either be V10s or turbo V8s and V6s.

Since it appears that the swan song of the V12 is reaching a crescendo, we thought it only appropriate to celebrate the few remaining cars out there that carry them. It may be the last time we see some of these brands, many of which are known for their V12s.

The Amazing Last V12 Production Versions from the Big Brands

Ferrari 812 Superfast

Ferrari 812 Superfast

Ferrari 812 Superfast. Image via Supercars.

The writing is on the wall for the prancing horse, as the new Ferrari 296 GTB is showing the direction that Maranello is headed. Yet, unless you were invited to snag one of the limited-edition Monza SP1 or SP2 cars, there is still one car you can buy from the legendary marque that has all 12 cylinders fully intact.

The 6.5L F140 GA V12

The 6.5L F140 GA V12
The 6.5L F140 GA V12. Image Via: Wikimedia Commons.

The 6.5L F140 GA 65-degree V12 in the front of the 812 is the last road-going version of the V12 that debuted in the Ferrari Enzo. Producing a monstrous 789 HP and 530 lbs-ft of torque, it is no slouch either, as when the 812 Superfast debuted, it was the most powerful naturally aspirated production car engine ever made.

It has the typical low-rev Ferrari roar that rises into a howl as the car revs up to nearly 9,000 RPM, and will catapult the 3,845 (1,744 kg) car to 60 MPH in 2.9 seconds. As far as a curtain call is concerned, that’s a great way to bow out and focus on hybrids and turbocharged engines.

Mercedes-Maybach S680 4MATIC

2022 Mercedes-Maybach S680 4MATIC

2022 Mercedes-Maybach S680 4MATIC
cedes-Maybach S680 4MATIC. Image via Supercars.

Mercedes-Benz used to be at the very top of the V12 pecking order when it came to luxury performance cars. Such classics as the S 65 AMG from the mid-2000s and the 500 TE AMG W123 Touring from the very end of the 1970s came with big V12s that sound astounding, but the biggest and baddest of the Mercedes V12s left on in a production car is the M279 E60 LA that hauled the S65 AMGs of 2014.

M279 E60 LA Twin Turbo V12

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By: Simon Bertram
Title: The Swan Song of the V12
Sourced From: sportscardigest.com/v12-swan-song/
Published Date: Thu, 28 Jul 2022 10:49:26 +0000

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Road Tested: Gear from Shoei, Akin Moto and Rev’It!

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In our continuing quest to source motorcycle gear that combines safety and style, we bring you our thoughts on Shoei’s new ECE 22.06-approved NXR2 helmet. Plus a stealthy riding parka from Akin Moto, and the perfect pair of urban riding gloves from Rev’It!.

Shoei NXR2 helmet It’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of Shoei’s helmets. Every Shoei I’ve owned has fit and felt right from the first wear, with no major deviations in their sizing or shape from model to model. So when I was looking for a do-it-all street helmet to replace my well-used Shoei RYD, the new NXR2 was a no-brainer… and it hasn’t disappointed.

I loved the RYD for its combination of neutral styling, comfort and ventilation. The NXR2 basically feels like a premium version of the RYD; it has the same clean aesthetic, but ramps up the performance. And it’s one of the few helmets that meet with Europe’s new, and more stringent, ECE 22.06 standard.

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By: Wesley Reyneke
Title: Road Tested: Gear from Shoei, Akin Moto and Rev’It!
Sourced From: www.bikeexif.com/shoei-akin-moto-revit-review-44
Published Date: Sat, 30 Jul 2022 17:01:31 +0000

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