At a shock reveal during Audi’s presentation at the Frankfurt Motor Show, we were shown a brand new Audi RS4 Avant that is coming early 2018.
Car enthusiasts will be impressed with the new Audi RS4 Avant – it packs Audi’s 2.9 TFSI V6 biturbo engine under the hood and can reach 62mph in just 4.1 seconds thanks to a modest 450bhp. The return of this RS icon comes as a welcome surprise for most, as the RS4 has an incomparable history. Stephan Winkelmann, Managing Director of Audi Sport, said, “In common with all our RS models, [the Audi RS4 Avant] blends immense power output with superlative everyday utility.”
When creating a fourth generation of the RS4 model, you can’t simply start from scratch and design something new. You have to look back at years of motorsport history. The designers took inspiration from many motorsport details of the Audi 90 quattro ISMA GTO. Massive air inlets with typical RS honeycomb structure across the wide grille define the front end. Compared to the A4 Avant, the wheel arches are bolder, thanks to a 30mm increased width, which are emphasised by quattro blisters. The rear end fits neatly in between the recently announced RS3 models and 2018 RS5 Coupe with an RS-specific diffuser insert, oval tailpipes as part of the RS exhaust system and the RS roof edge spoiler.
“The Audi RS 4 Avant is our RS icon with an incomparable history.”
STEPHAN WINKELMANN – MANAGING DIRECTOR OF AUDI SPORT
Shown at the Frankfurt Motor Show in Nogaro Blue Pearl Effect paint, this optional exterior colour is a blast from the past for this model as it recalls the first generation RS4 from way back in 1999. It looks spectacular riding on 19-inch standard alloys, but 20-inch alloys will be available as an option from day one.
Where the power of the engine excels is how it’s supplied to the permanent all-wheel drive via a sportily configured eight-speed tiptronic that will provide snappy gear changes that have been optimised for the RS4. The RS sport suspension also sets the Audi RS4 Avant another 7mm lower than the basic A4 model with sport suspension. If you fancy adding some optional extras to your car, you’ll also be able to add RS sport suspension plus with Dynamic Ride Control (DRC), ceramic brakes and RS-specific dynamic steering. Naturally, you’ll be able to define your own driving experience using Audi drive select.
Looking inside, we see one of our favourite improvements in the new RS4 – Audi’s Virtual Cockpit. There will come a time when all models in the Audi range will have Virtual Cockpit as standard, but we can’t help but let out a small cheer of joy when a legendary model gets updated with the digital display for the first time. It makes the new models ooze sophistication and modernity. Excitement aside, the flat-bottomed RS leather steering wheel is premium Audi, and you know you’re sitting in a top-spec car as you lean back in optional honeycomb pattern seats and place your foot on the accelerator ready to speed off into the distance.
Audi have yet to announce what the badge naming will be on the back of this model after it revealed plans to start using a new naming system for engines from all new models, beginning with the Audi A8 that is also on the Frankfurt Motor Show floor.