Hot on the heels of the recently-unveiled RS 6 Avant, Audi has this week revealed the new RS 4 Avant.
The Audi Sport-developed hot estate is set to become available to order in the UK in November, while its newly updated form includes a completely redesigned front section.
For example, the ‘Singleframe’ is wider and flatter than its counterpart in the new A4 model line, and in common with both the RS 6 Avant and RS 7 Sportback the grille features the three-dimensional honeycomb structure in gloss black that characterises the RS model series.
In order to give it a clean look, the Singleframe is frameless – the new ‘eggcrate’ grille with the RS 4 emblem is inserted directly into the bumper with the large lateral air inlets and vertical flaps. The shape of the standard Matrix LED headlights with their darkened bezels has also been redesigned.
Along the sides, the wheel arches are each 30 mm wider than the regular A4 at the front and rear. Gloss black design elements positioned right next to the headlights are also aimed at helping to emphasise the width.
At the rear, the RS-specific roof edge spoiler and the diffuser insert as well as the chrome tailpipes of the RS exhaust system mark the vehicle out from the standard A4. There’s also an optional RS sport exhaust system with black tailpipe trims.
The car sits on 19-inch wheels as standard, behind which sit RS steel brakes measuring 375 mm up front and 330 mm at the rear. Additionally, the RS 6 Avant is seven mm lower than the S4 base model with sport suspension.
On the car’s inside, there are new aluminium shift paddles that are considerably larger than before, while the flat-bottom steering wheel, illuminated door sill trims, sport seats and the shift gate all carry an RS logo.
Under the hood, in terms of performance, a 2.9 TFSI twin-turbo V6 delivers 442.5 lb-ft from 1,900 to 5,000 rpm and an electronically governed top speed of 174 mph. The engine also weighs 182 kg, which is 31 kg less than the V8 engine in the previous, 2012 RS 4.
Power is sent to the quattro permanent all-wheel drive system via an eight-speed tiptronic.