Yesterday, the new Audi RS4 Avant leaked on the Internet ahead of its 2012 Geneva Motor Show debut, and now the German automaker has made the new high-performance wagon official along with its specifications.
The third-generation RS4 Avant will come with a 4.2L V8 powerplant with 450-hp and 317 lb-ft of torque. It is confirmed that it will come mated to a seven-speed S tronic transmission with quattro permanent all-wheel drive. It’s the same powerplant that can be found in the current RS5 Coupe with a 0-62 mph time of 4.7 seconds and a limited top speed of 155-mph, that can be raised to almost 174-mph upon request. According to Audi, the 4.2L V8 will get 25.7 combined miles per gallon.
Standard on the RS4 Avant will be polished 19-inch wheels while 20-inchers will be available as an option. The front receives 14.4-inch rotors with eight-piston calipers giving it astonishing braking performance. An option is available with 15-inch carbon fiber ceramic discs with six-piston anthracite gray calipers.
Compared to the standard A4 Avant, the RS4 is 0.79-inch longer, 0.94-inch wider, and 0.79-inch lower. Eight colors will be available, one solid, one metallic, four pearls, and two specially pigmented crystal-effect shades. For the interior, Audi has adorned it completely in black save for the roofliner that can come in an optional Moon Silver.
The RS4 Avant is scheduled to hit dealerships in Germany starting in fall of 2012 with a starting price of $100,300 (€76,600) based on today’s conversion rates.