Audi RS4 Gets New Paint Job, We Yawn

Seriously Audi — you're better than this. I mean for real, this is so something we expect to see from the General, not so much the highly precise automaker. That's because we have an expectation of the requirement of the issuance of a press release on a new color from the sometimes-number-one automaker because it's such a big and lumbering beast of burden — so even the smallest change in direction's got to be trumpeted up and down the block. But we don't expect the Teutonic knights of Bruce to stoop to such levels as an announcement on the new "Phantom Black" and "Ibis White" paint finishes. But whatevs, they have — so we'll give you the full release after the jump and let you determine for yourself the level of importance of a color change via the comments. But fercrissakes, they didn't even give us a picture with the release — so we've created our own artists interpretation of what it would look like in "Phantom Black" above.

New styling packages from quattro GmbH Audi RS 4 exclusive in black and white Attractive visual highlights for the exterior and interior

quattro GmbH is further enhancing the visual attractiveness of the Audi RS 4 with two new equipment packages for the sports saloon and the Avant. The Black Audi exclusive and White Audi exclusive styling packages offer sophisticated optional extras.

The two paint finishes, Phantom Black, pearl effect and Ibis White, ensure a striking exterior design for the V8 models. The Black styling packages and the White styling package with an ibis white single-frame grille provide the quattro models with a wealth of enhancements. The refined titanium look of the 9Jx19 cast aluminium wheels in 7 twin-spoke design with size 255/35 R19 tyres is also found on the exterior mirrors.

In the interior, the RS 4 unites the functionality of a sports car with an elegant, sophisticated ambience. RS bucket seats with painted backrest covers in phantom black or ibis white are a highlight. The premium standard is effectively maintained in the seat upholstery, which is made of Valcona leather in black metallic with decorative stitching in jet grey or ibis white depending on the styling package. These colour accents are also found on the RS sports steering wheel, the steering wheel rim, the gear knob and the handbrake grip, all of which are trimmed in high-quality suede. Exclusive front floor mats feature the RS 4 logo with piping in jet grey or alabaster white. What's more, the paintwork colour of the inlays corresponds to the colour accents of the given styling package.

All in all, not only do the new styling packages underline the dynamism of the sports saloon and the Avant on the exterior; they also provide visual highlights in the interior. The Phantom Black styling package costs 6,500 euros, while the Ibis White package costs 7,200 euros.

The 309 kW/420 bhp V8 engine with FSI direct injection and a high-revving concept has an electronically governed maximum speed of 280 km/h. As an option - and at no additional cost - the two RS 4 styling packages include sports suspension plus, lowered by 10 mm.

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