Gets a Nogaro blue paint as a throwback to the original RS4 Avant from 1999.
Audi Sport has not one, but two world premieres to showcase in Frankfurt as after checking out the rear-wheel-drive R8 V10 RWS yesterday, now time has come to have a look at the new RS4 Avant. If you’re finding the S4 Avant not aggressive enough in terms of exterior styling, the full-blown RS version should solve that first-world problem thanks to its bigger air vents, oval exhaust tips, and a new roof-mounted rear spoiler that further sets it apart from the lesser model.
According to Audi, the design of the much-awaited RS4 Avant takes after the legendary 90 quattro IMSA GTO race car while at the same time paying homage to the first generation of the model introduced in 1999 by adopting a similar Nogaro blue paint. The latter will be available only through Audi Exclusive, so it’s going to cost a pretty penny.
Armed with a biturbo 2.9-liter V6 engine borrowed from the RS5 Coupe, the fast wagon pushes out a meaty 450 horsepower (331 kilowatts) and 443 pound-feet (600 Newton-meters) of torque. While the amount of horsepower hasn’t changed compared to the previous generation, torque has risen by a massive 125 lb-ft (170 Nm) thanks to the adoption of turbocharging.
It needs just 4.1 seconds to cover the sprint to 62 mph (100 kph) and will be able to reach an electronically governed speed of 155 mph (250 kph). Those willing to pay more can ask Audi to add the optional RS dynamic package that will increase maximum velocity to 174 mph (280 kph).
As with every other Audi Sport model, with the exception of the aforementioned R8, the new RS4 Avant benefits from a Quattro all-wheel drive. Power transfer is done exclusively through an eight-speed tiptronic transmission, while a rear-mounted differential is available at an additional cost. The performance wagon sits seven millimeters (0.3 inches) closer to the road than the regular A4 Avant and has been fitted with 19-inch wheels, with a 20-inch set optionally offered.
Compared to the model it replaces, the new RS4 Avant is 80 kilograms (176 pounds) lighter, tipping the scales at 3,946 pounds (1,790 kilograms). There’s not much to say about the interior as it has been largely carried over from the RS5 Coupe, including the specific RS trinkets, a head-up display, and the fantastic digital Audi Virtual Cockpit. To spice things up, there are various styling packages on offer, along with plenty of customization options via the Audi Exclusive program.
Audi will open the order books in Europe later this fall and will have the RS4 Avant at dealerships early 2018. The first country to get the car will be Germany where pricing will kick off from €79,800.
Gallery: 2018 Audi RS4 Avant
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- World debut of RS 4 Avant at the IAA 2017
Audi Sport GmbH celebrates the world debut of the new Audi RS 4 Avant (combined fuel consumption in l/100 km: 8.8; combined CO2 emissions in g/km: 200-199*) at the IAA 2017. It combines high performance with tremendous everyday usability. Its 2.9 TFSI engine with 331 kW (450 hp) and 600 Nm of torque makes it the sporty vanguard of the A4 family. The standard quattro drive distributes the power of the V6 biturbo to all four wheels.