Audi is bringing back one of its most famous names, with the new RS4 Avant, which has been unveiled at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show.
After a couple of generations of V8-powered RS4s, the new hot estate version of the A4 goes back to the layout of the original RS4 Avant by adopting a twin-turbocharged V6 engine. The 2.9-litre unit produces 444bhp and 600Nm of torque – enough, Audi claims, to take the car from 0-62mph in 4.1 seconds, and on to an electronically restricted speed of 155mph. Audi will also offer an RS dynamic package that raises the car’s limit to 174mph.
Despite the performance, the new RS4 Avant’s motor – which transmits its power through an eight-speed automatic gearbox and permanent four-wheel drive – is considerably more efficient than the old V8. It’s around 17 percent easier on fuel consumption, in fact, with combined economy of 32.1mpg and CO2 emissions of 199g/km.
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The new model gets aggressive air intakes at the front, and it sits 7mm lower than a basic A4 with sports suspension. An extensive options list will include RS sports suspension with active dynamic ride control, carbon-ceramic brakes and RS-specific dynamic steering.
The RS4 Avant’s spec includes 19in forged-aluminium wheels (20in items will be optional), Nogaro blue paint, oval tailpipes, a bespoke diffuser insert and a roof-edge spoiler – along with wheelarch blisters that are 30mm wider than a standard A4’s. The cabin gets a flat-bottomed leather RS wheel, Audi’s virtual cockpit displa and RS sports seats with an optional honeycomb pattern.
The car will go on sale in the autumn, with first deliveries in the UK due in the first quarter of 2018. No price has been announced, but we’d expect the RS4 Avant to cost from at least £65,000.