When we first heard the idea of an RS 4 Cabriolet for the U.S.A., it made a lot of sense. Consider these facts:
1.) The U.S.A. is the #1 market for the Audi A4/S4 Cabriolet. With markets like L.A. and Miami, that fact may not be surprising. Each is just a bit sunnier than sun-drenched and warm (note sarcasm) markets such as Frankfurt or London.
2.) When the B7 line goes down and begins to be re-tooled for B8 production, RS 4 production will theoretically stop. However, Cabriolet models are built at the Karman factory in Osnabruck, leaving the ability to continue to produce and sell the RS 4 Cabriolet beyond the sedan a known reality.
Knowing these, and hearing Audi of America was considering the car, we thought it might be a done deal. Well, as with any rumors that far out and no matter how high the source, rumors are subject to change. For whatever reason, though probably costs due to the strong Euro, the RS 4 Cabriolet for the U.S.A. is now off. If the idea sways back into the positive, we'll let you know, but for now it's sedan-only B7 RS 4s for the USA.