I was pretty seriously considering it over the last year for sure as my next vehicle move. They are of course a thing of beauty obviously and would be so very rare and exclusive to have one here. Canada has the 15 year import law, but in USA it is 25 years so these cars would still be extremely head-turning down there for several years to come as well.
Bottom line for me reconsidering (at this point at least) is that it would have to serve as my daily driver and I am at a place in my life that I desire reliability more than anything. At end of day it is still a 15 year old 2.7T and that scares me a little.
The first model year of these beasts is actually 2000, but they were a late model year distribution; earliest legal import from Europe (that I could see) is further into Fall of this year if I am recalling correctly, as I said I was looking pretty seriously at it. I also checked the Japanese market too as it's easy to find clean, low km examples from there, but the first B5 RS4 registrations over there were not until Spring 2001 from what I found, so that is still another year away too.
All of this being said, with duties, exchange rates, shipping costs, inspection and import fees all considered; a clean B5 RS4 example will be a $30K + CAD car landed here. That seems fairly steep when clean local B7 RS4's, just off warranty with less than 100,000 kms on the clock are showing up in the higher $30's/early $40K range and you can go seem them locally, test drive, see local service history and run a pre-purchase inspection in person etc. Buying a car from overseas still carries a bit of a gamble factor to it of course.
But of course, the B7 is another animal altogether and the B5 RS4 is just such a special car; no question. Who knows, I may still consider this as my next move after all.....haha.