Superb performance, understated looks, safe handling
Thirsty V8 engine, high running costs
Available as a saloon, estate and convertible, Audi's ultimate A4, the RS4, is powered by a huge 4.2-litre V8 engine with a whopping 414bhp. This gives it a 0-60mph time of less than five seconds and allied to a howling soundtrack from the FSI engine and four exhaust pipes, it makes driving one an intoxicating experience. The RS models have long had a cult following and this one is no exception.
It's not cheap to buy or run, but if you want a less brash and overt alternative to the BMW M3, look no further.