For some people, this will be an all-in-one car.
Having made its debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show a couple of months back, the Audi RS4 Avant is now available on order in select European markets. The new member of the RS family will set you back €79,800 in Germany and £61,625 in the United Kingdom before adding optional equipment such as the RS dynamic package that will loosen up the electronic top speed limiter to allow the RS4 Avant hit 174 mph (280 kph). As standard, the performance wagon can do 155 mph (250 kph).
For those willing to reach deeper into their pockets, Audi will be more than happy to fit the car with extra goodies like ceramic brakes for superior stopping power and a sportier suspension setup bringing along a mechanical Dynamic Ride Control as seen in the closely related RS5 Coupe where it reduces body roll.
With the new RS4 Avant, Audi is bidding adieu to the naturally aspirated V8 as the premium manufacturer based in Ingolstadt is embracing forced induction. Like it’s the case with the RS5 Coupe, at the heart of the newest RS car is a biturbo 2.9-liter V6 engine with 450 horsepower (331 kilowatts) and 443 pound-feet (600 Newton-meters).
It has the exact same amount of horsepower as the old eight-cylinder mill, but packs a lot more torque thanks to turbocharging. Corroborated with a weight loss of 80 kilograms (176 pounds), it’s no wonder the new RS4 Avant is seriously quick: 0-62 mph (0-100 kph) takes just 4.1 seconds.
Gallery: Audi RS5 Sportback spy photos
The very same V6 could also find its way inside the engine bay of what would be a first-ever RS5 Sportback. An S5 with wider wheel tracks and RS-specific oval exhaust tips has been spotted, so there’s a good chance it will happen. In addition, the biturbo 2.9-liter mill could be used once again for an entry-level R8 rumored to arrive as early as 2018.
Gallery: 2018 Audi RS4 Avant
Sales launch for the new Audi RS 4 Avant
- RS icon available in selected European markets from November 2
- A new chapter in the V6 twin-turbo success story
- Basic price for the Audi RS 4 Avant set at €79,800
The new Audi RS 4 Avant (combined fuel consumption in l/100 km: 8.8; combined CO2 emissions in g/km: 200-199*) unites impressive driving performance with excellent suitability for everyday use. The model made its world debut at this year's IAA trade fair in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. Customers in Germany and other European countries can order the Audi RS 4 Avant from Thursday, November 2, onward. The basic price is € 79,800.