Another report has surfaced raising the hopes that Audi will bring out an RS4 variant of the current A4 generation.
This time, it's Dutch car magazine Autovisie, which claims a top Audi official confirmed that there will indeed be an RS4 coming in the next two years - between 4 and 5 years into the current A4 generation.
A late-cycle introduction makes sense and is the usual modus operandi of automakers.
Interesting to note is that the source said that development of the next RS4 is already ongoing and that previous reports that denied there would be an RS4 came from another Audi source with no involvement in the project.
What would power a possible next RS4?
Potential condidates include a supercharged 3.0 liter TFSI V6 which currently produces 333 PS (245 kW / 329 bhp) in the current S4. However, this is not enough considering the last RS4 had 420 PS (310 kW / 415 bhp) from a 4.2 liter V8 and an increase in output by 30% might be a stretch. Possible? Yes. Realistic? No.
More realistic is a tuned down version of the alleged 4.0 liter twin-turbo V8 rumored to have 600 PS (441 kW / 592 bhp) for the next RS6 and RS7. Power output in the neighborhood of 450 to 500 PS (493 bhp / 367 kW) would be most appropriate for the RS4.
Special thanks to WCF community member smallq for the renderings!