Turbocharge the daily school run.

Only hours after learning about its imminent debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show, the Audi RS4 Avant is posing for the spy camera one last time. The hot wagon seen here in a near-production specification is certainly dressed for the occasion by wearing a Sonoma Green paint coat borrowed from the RS5 Coupe.


The swirly camouflage applied by Audi on all surfaces of the body but the roof does nothing more than to hide the obvious – a slightly more aggressive exterior design when compared to the S4 Avant. Bigger air vents up front, RS oval exhaust tips at the back, and bulging arches with bigger alloys shod in wider tires on the sides. It also sits lower and comes with beefier brakes to match the more powerful engine hiding beneath the understated hood.

Gone is the naturally aspirated 4.2-liter V8 of the old model as instead the engine bay will be occupied by a 2.9-liter V6. Armed with two turbochargers, the new RS4 Avant will provide the driver with 450 horsepower (331 kilowatts) and 442 pound-feet (600 Newton-meters) of torque. While the amount of hp isn’t changing, the new generation has considerably more torque than its predecessor rated at 317 lb-ft (430 Nm). Thanks to turbocharging, you’ll be getting the power earlier in the rpm range.

Not only is the engine being changed, but the dual-clutch, seven-speed S Tronic will have to make way for an eight-speed automatic. Performances should mirror those of the RS5 Coupe, though we are expecting the wagon to be a tad slower due to its slightly heavier body. Look for the sprint to 62 mph (100 kph) to take 4 or 4.1 seconds before reaching an electronically governed 155 mph (250 kph). Those willing to reach deeper into their pockets will be able to loosen up that limiter to around 174 mph (280 kph) by opting for the dynamic package.

As with every other Audi Sport model on sale today, be it an S-, RS-badged vehicle or the R8 supercar, the new RS4 Avant will be offered strictly with a Quattro all-wheel-drive system. But things are about to change for the company’s division in charge of fast cars as the RS4 Avant will be shown at IAA alongside a rear-wheel-drive model confirmed by the company today, presumably the R8 GT.

All will be revealed on Tuesday, September 12, at IAA. Further down the line, an RS5 Sportback will likely join the family.

Photos: CarPix

Gallery: 2018 Audi RS4 Avant with Sonoma Green paint spy photos

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