Audi Sport has launched new Audi RS 4 Avant at the IAA Frankfurt 2017 with mechanicals carried over from the new RS5 coupe. Its 2.9 TFSI engine with 450PS and 600 Nm of torque makes it the hottest member of the A4 family with 91PS more power than the 3.0 litre S4 model . Quattro four-wheel drive distributes the power of the V6 biturbo to all four wheels.
When creating the fourth generation of the Audi RS 4 Avant, the designers took inspiration from many motorsport details of the Audi 90 quattro IMSA GTO. Massive air inlets with typical RS honeycomb structure and the wide, flat Singleframe grille define the front end. The optional Matrix LED headlights display tinted bezels. Compared to the Audi A4 Avant, the wheel arches are 30 millimetres wider and are given added emphasis by the quattro blisters. At the rear end, the RS-specific diffuser insert, the oval tailpipes of the RS exhaust system and the RS roof edge spoiler make for a distinctive look. The exterior colour Nogaro blue, pearl effect available optionally from Audi exclusive recalls the first generation of the high-performance Avant from 1999. The new Audi RS 4 Avant travels on 19-inch forged aluminium wheels as standard; 20-inch wheels are available as an option.
First seen in the RS5 coupe sister car, the V6 biturbo develops 450PS in the new Audi RS 4 Avant. Its peak torque of 600 Nm – 170 Nm more than the previous model – is available across a broad engine speed range from 1,900 to 5,000 rpm. It is key to how the Audi RS 4 is able to sprint from 0 to 62mph in 4.1 seconds. The top speed is 155 mph. With the optional RS dynamic package, the top speed increases to 174 mph.
The power of the 2.9 TFSI biturbo is supplied to the permanent all-wheel drive via a sportily configured eight-speed tiptronic with optimised gear changing. Audi also offers an optional rear sport differential. In the combined cycle test the RS 4 Avant is able to return up to 32.1mpg (199 grams of CO2 per km) – an efficiency gain of 17 per cent over the previous model. new Audi RS 4 Avant weighs 1,790 kg, 80 kg less than previously.
The standard-fit RS sport suspension sets the Audi RS 4 Avant another seven millimetres lower than the A4 basic model with sport suspension. By way of equipment options, there are RS sport suspension plus with Dynamic Ride Control (DRC), ceramic brakes and RS-specific dynamic steering. Drivers can define their own individual personal driving experience using the standard dynamic handling system Audi drive select.
The black interior underscores the sporty character of the Audi RS 4 Avant. The RS sport seats with optional honeycomb pattern, the flat-bottomed RS leather multifunction sport steering wheel, the shift gate and the illuminated door sill trims are all adorned with the RS emblem. In the Audi virtual cockpit and head-up display, RS-specific displays indicate the g-forces, tire pressures and torque. The styling packages gloss black, carbon with aluminium attachments and carbon with black attachments provide further scope for customisation. The Audi exclusive program covers just about any other special request.
The Audi RS 4 Avant can be ordered from UK dealers later this month with first deliveries at the start of 2018. The UK price will be £61,625 OTR with the Audi Virtual Cockpit and sport differential as standard.