Audi RS4 Avant

Po­tent es­tate gets 444bhp V6


New Audi RS4 Avant to blast into the UK in 2018

The Audi RS4 Avant is back af­ter the fourth­gen­er­a­tion model was un­veiled by Audi Sport boss Stephan Winkel­mann at the Frank­furt mo­tor show.

Set for UK de­liv­ery dur­ing the se­cond quar­ter of 2018, the hot new es­tate builds on the de­vel­op­ments brought to the RS5 Coupé ear­lier this year. That means it adopts a tur­bocharged 2.9-litre V6 petrol en­gine de­vel­oped in a joint ven­ture be­tween Audi and Porsche.

With 444bhp and 443lb ft, the new unit de­liv­ers the same amount of power but a sig­nif­i­cant 125lb ft more torque than the third-gen­er­a­tion RS4 Avant’s nat­u­rally as­pi­rated 4.2-litre V8 petrol en­gine.

It is also 95bhp and 74lb ft more than that de­liv­ered by the tur­bocharged 3.0-litre V6 used by the lat­est S4 Avant.

With a kerb weight of 1790kg, the RS4 Avant has a power-to-weight ra­tio of 249bhp per tonne.

The new en­gine drives through a stan­dard eight­speed au­to­matic gear­box with re­mote steer­ing wheel­mounted shift pad­dles and a qu­at­tro four-wheel drive sys­tem. The re­sult gives the RS4 Avant a claimed 0-62mph time of 4.1sec — some 0.6sec quicker than its pre­de­ces­sor.

Top speed is nom­i­nally lim­ited to 155mph but buy­ers can or­der the model with an op­tional RS dy­namic pack­age that raises it to 174mph.

Along with the in­crease in per­for­mance, the new RS4 Avant also brings a sig­nif­i­cant re­duc­tion in fuel con­sump­tion and CO2 emis­sions at a claimed 32.1mpg and 199g/km. The old model was rated at 26.4mpg and 249g/km.

“The RS4 is our icon,” said Winkel­mann. “It blends power with su­perla­tive util­ity.”

Set­ting the new RS4 Avant apart vis­ually from the S4 Avant is a se­ries of unique de­sign touches Audi Sport says were in­spired by the de­tail­ing of the Audi 90 qu­at­tro IMSA GTO race car.

They in­clude a deep front bumper fea­tur­ing large air vents, a smaller aper­ture un­der­neath the car’s re­worked sin­gle-frame grille and widened front wings with ver­ti­cal vents along the outer edge of the LED head­lights.

The RS4 re­ceives new door mir­ror hous­ings, beefed-up sills be­neath the doors and widened rear wings fea­tur­ing even more pro­nounced blis­ters over the rear wheel arches than those at the front. There are also small vents, mim­ick­ing the look of the ones up front, along­side the outer edges of the LED tail-lights.

The ex­tro­vert look con­tin­ues at the rear, with a spoiler atop the tail­gate as well as a re­pro­filed bumper, which houses a sub­stan­tial dif­fuser el­e­ment and a pair of large oval tailpipes fin­ished in black.

Stan­dard-fit RS sport sus­pen­sion lowers the ride height 7mm be­low that of a reg­u­lar A4 Avant with sport sus­pen­sion. Op­tions in­clude a dy­namic ride con­trol sys­tem with adap­tive damp­ing, Rsspe­cific steer­ing and car­bon­ce­ramic brake discs.

In­side, there are RS sport seats, a flat-bot­tomed RS multi-func­tion steer­ing wheel and il­lu­mi­nated RS door sill trims. Stan­dard spec­i­fi­ca­tion for the RS4 Avant also in­cludes Rs-spe­cific dig­i­tal in­stru­ments, a head-up dis­play and read­outs for g-force, tyre pres­sure and torque out­put.

Audi has yet to an­nounce UK pric­ing for the new RS4 Avant. The pre­vi­ous model cost £54,295 at the end of its pro­duc­tion run in 2015.


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