And RS4 blasts back with 444bhp

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AUDI is also bring­ing back one of its most fa­mous names, hav­ing taken the wraps off the new RS4 Avant at the Frank­furt Mo­tor Show.

Af­ter a cou­ple of gen­er­a­tions of V8-pow­ered RS4S, the new hot es­tate ver­sion of the A4 goes back to the lay­out of the orig­i­nal RS4 Avant, adopt­ing a biturbo V6 en­gine.

The 2.9-litre unit pro­duces 444bhp and 600Nm of torque – enough, says Audi, to take the car from 0-62mph in 4.1 sec­onds and on to a re­stricted speed of 155mph. But de­spite the per­for­mance, the RS4 Avant’s mo­tor – which trans­mits power through an eight-speed au­to­matic gear­box and per­ma­nent four-wheel drive – is around 17 per cent more ef­fi­cient, with claimed fuel econ­omy of 32.1mpg.

The car will go on sale in the au­tumn, with prices start­ing from around £65,000.

New RS4 es­tate re­turns to biturbo V6 lay­out; hits deal­ers in au­tumn

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