Friday, 24 November, 2017

Audi RS4 Avant returns with more power than ever

2018 Audi RS 4 Avant Debut 29 2018 Audi RS 4 Avant unveiled with 2.9 twin-turbo V6
Velma Reese | 13 September, 2017, 00:31

With a 0-62 time of 4.1 seconds and a top speed of 174 miles per hour (if you option the RS dynamic package), this is Audi's new track-ready family hauler. At the heart of the RS4 Avant is a 2.9-litre bi-turbo V6 that is good for 443bhp of peak power and 600Nm of torque. "It blends power with superlative utility". Top speed sits at 155 miles per hour, but goes up to 174 miles per hour with the optional RS dynamic package. "In China, the Audi RS 4 will provide fresh impetus for growth as the only high-performance Avant in its segment".

The standard 19-inch forged aluminum wheels (20-inch optional) and the optional Matrix LED headlights with tinted bezels complete the exterior styling tweaks. And as you might have expected, the downsizing also brings down fuel consumption.

All of the power is channelled through an eight-speed automatic transmission, ditching the old dual-clutch auto, and feeding into an all-wheel drive system. Weighing 80kg less than before, this RS4 is 17 per cent more efficient than its predecessor, hopefully making not only for a more agile and dynamic ride, but a more frugal one too. The 2018 RS 4 also comes with a 7-mm (0.3-in) lower RS sports suspension and Audi drive select as standard, while a rear sport differential is available as an option. A rear-diff will be an option, as will RS Sport Suspension Plus with Dynamic Ride Control, ceramic brakes and RS-specific dynamic steering.

Set for United Kingdom delivery during the second quarter of 2018, the new model builds on the developments brought to the RS5 Coupe earlier this year with the adoption of a turbocharged 2.9-litre V6 petrol engine developed in a joint venture between Audi and Porsche. That's right, Audi is starting the roll-out of the B9 RS 4 lineup with the wagon.

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Inside, there are RS sport seats, a flat bottomed RS multi-function steering wheel, unique RS shift gate trim and illuminated RS door sill trims.

That, Audi says, is enough to launch you from zero to 100km/h in just 4.1 seconds and, if you order the RS dynamic package, the electronic speed limiter is raised to allow 280km/h.

The RS4 Avant is priced €79,800 in Germany.

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