New Audi RS4 Avant estate launches

2017 Frankfurt Motor Show Audi RS4 Avant returns with 331kW 2.9-litre V6

2017 Frankfurt Motor Show Audi RS4 Avant returns with 331kW 2.9-litre V6

Audi has introduced the new RS 4 Avant at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show.

The base price for Europe has been announced as €79,800, which £72,500 at current exchange rates, however the official United Kingdom price may differ.

A stalwart of the junior super estate sector it's fair to say the RS4 has had an up and down success rate. The V8 B8 that followed, while delivering the style, kudos, attitude and performance fell short of replicating its predecessor's charm and ability.

What do you think of the RS4 Avant?

The new RS is 30mm wider than the standard A4 Avant with the typical sporty styling garnishes added
The new RS is 30mm wider than the standard A4 Avant with the typical sporty styling garnishes added

The new RS 4 Avant will be capable of doing the 0-100 kph sprint in 4.1 seconds as torque figure of 600 Nm is also over and above the previous model, and is available across a broad engine speed range from 1,900 to 5,000 rpm. Ostensibly due to Audi's weight reduction programme, it has allowed the chassis and dynamics boys and girls to finally nail the A4's ride and handling.

Audi might be good at making a fire-breathing auto appear subtle, but the RS4 gets a much wider body than standard Avants, courtesy of some flared wheel arches and large air intakes in the front bumper. The damping is so much cleaner, crisper and better suited, too, that there is more to recommend about an A4 and S4 than its quality, looks and impeccable interior quality.

The new RS4 can be ordered from the autumn onwards with pricing starting in Europe at 79,800 euros - expect a United Kingdom price and spec soon.

Motivation comes from a 2.9-liter TFSI biturbo V6 engine that makes 450PS (444hp) and 600Nm (443lb-ft) of torque, pushed to the Quattro all-wheel drive through a tweaked 8-speed automatic transmission, with optimized gear changing. The vehicle sits on suspension 7mm lower than the standard sports suspension of other A4 models and Audi's "drive select" system is fitted, enabling you to personalise steering and throttle response. The front sports Audi's signature hexagonal grille that proudly flaunts the RS4 badge. Matrix LED headlights are optional. A "rear sport differential" is optional, as are an adaptive sport suspension, "RS-specific" dynamic steering, and carbon-ceramic brakes. 19-inch wheels will be standard with 20s optional.

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