The powerful-but-practical station wagon is powered by the same naturally-aspirated 4.2-liter V8 as the RS5 coupe, making 450 hp and 317 fl-lbs of torque. The car’s top speed is intentionally limited to 155 mph, though customers may request that be raised to 174 mph in case they’re worried that time for grocery runs may be short.
The RS4 Avant comes with permanent Quattro all-wheel drive, as is true with every car bearing the RS badge, though the rear wheels get more power via a 40:60 ratio to deliver a sportier feel.
Audi used aluminum in much of the chassis to save weight, including components in the five-link suspension and trapezoidal rear-link suspension.
Customers may choose between the standard 19-inch wheels or the 20-inch versions shown above.
It wasn’t so long ago that such numbers would drum up serious excitement, but the RS4 will probably face stiff competition in the near future against the BMW M3. The two cars have similar power ratings now, but the Bimmer is close to a refresh and likely to get similar turbo-treatment as other cars from the Bavarian automaker have recently received.
Then again, the more conservative nature could easily be more appealing to mature clients who crave power and family compatibility all in one car.