The 2018 Audi RS4 Avant made its global debut at 2017 Frankfurt Auto Show earlier this week.
Without a doubt, this is good news for Audi RS and wagon enthusiasts from around the world. However, like the previous generation RS4 Avant, the new model will not be sold in the U.S.
The RS4 Avant shares many of its mechanical components with the Audi RS5 including the 450-hp 2.9 L twin-turbocharged V6. The 2.9 L twin-turbocharged V6 was developed in partnership with Porsche where Audi develops the V6 engines whiles Porsche develops the V8s. The 2.9 L V6 can also be found under the hoods of the new Porsche Panamera S and the third-generation Cayenne S.
Along with the 450 horsepower, the 2.9 L twin-turbocharged V6 also produces 443 lb.ft torque between 1900 and 5000 rpm. Power from the engine is routed to all four wheels via a ZF-sourced eight-speed automatic gearbox and a rear-wheel-biased all-wheel-drive system. Audi claims that the new RS4 Avant will sprint from 0 to 62 mph in 4.1 seconds and its top speed is electronically limited to 155 mph. However, by spending some extra money, Audi RS4 Avant owners can increase their vehicle’s top speed to 174 mph.
When it goes on sale in Europe early next year, the RS4 Avants will be fitted with standard, non-adjustable springs, 19-inch wheels and steel brake rotors. However, 20-inch wheels are optional, as is dynamic steering, a mode-adjustable suspension, and carbon ceramic brake rotors. According to Audi, the curb weight of the RS4 Avant is 3946 pounds. However, when compared to its V8 powered predecessor, the new Avant is 176 pounds lighter even with additional comfort and safety features.
In order to differentiate the RS4 Avant from its less powerful siblings, Audi RS engineers have fitted the wagon with wider front and rear fenders which extend the width of the vehicle by 1.2 inches. The widened fenders were inspired by the ones used on the original Audi Quattro. Additional exterior enhancements on the RS4 Avant consists of a rear diffuser, a roof spoiler, and two oval exhaust tips.
The interior of the 2018 Audi RS4 Avant is fitted with many black trim pieces which are accentuated with RS-specific gauges and carbon trim with contrasting aluminum trim pieces.
Pricing & Availability
When the Audi RS4 Avant arrives in European dealerships in early 2018, it will have a starting price of around 79,000 Euros or around $95,000. As of this writing, Audi of North America has not commented on the availability of the RS4 Avant in the U.S. The possibility of an RS4 sedan is also very slim to none in the near future. As of now, we can only hope that executive board members at Audi of North America will change their mind and decide to import more high-performance wagons into the United States.
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