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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.
GALLERY: 2013 Audi RS4 Avant
GALLERY: 2013 Audi RS4 Avant
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.
GALLERY: 2012 Audi RS4 Avant
Much of the wagon’s styling is what we can expect from Audi’s design language, with an elegant yet sporty design. It sports an updated front end featuring a honeycomb grille and larger air intakes.
In the rear, Audi equipped the new RS4 Avant with a tailgate-mounted spoiler, a new rear bumper with a diffuser sporting a pair of exhaust tips. As expected, it also comes with LED-equipped headlights, high-performance brakes, matte aluminum accents, and 19-inch wheels.
It appears that the interior will come with a flat-bottomed steering wheel, carbon fiber trim, and aluminum pedals.
It’s expected that the Audi RS4 Avant will come with a 4.2L V8 powerplant with 444-hp and 317 lb-ft of torque, mated to Audi’s dual-clutch S-tronic transmission and quattro all-wheel drive system. Our biggest question, however, is still unanswered: will it come to the U.S.? German companies are often hesitant to bring their hatchbacks to American soil, and this doesn’t have much of a reason to be different, but we’re paying attention nonetheless.
GALLERY: 2012 Audi RS4 Avant leaked photos
We recently caught the Audi RS4 Avant doing some testing in southern Europe and managed to snap some spy photos of the high performance German station wagon. The new Audi looks a little meaner than its predecessor thanks to some new angular headlights and an aggressive grille with wide and low flared front fenders.
Audi seems to be defying the current trend of turning to turbochargers over added cylinders with the RS4 by sticking a 4.2-liter V8 FSI motor teamed exclusively with a seven-speed S-tronic transmission in the upcoming highest-performance A4 model.
The new RS4 will only be offered in station wagon form, not a surprise when you consider that the RS4 wagon has always outsold the sedan variant. The V8 that has found its way into the newest RS4 also powers Audi’s RS5, and puts out 444-hp and 317 lb-ft of torque in that model. The RS4 Avant will bow at the 2012 Geneva Auto Show, at which time we should find out for sure whether the powerful station wagon will be offered in the States.
It seems that many manufacturers are leery of selling wagons in America because they tend to pull low sales numbers. Hopefully the power house of an engine and the mean looks will make the RS4 Avant an attractive enough offering that Audi will decide to offer it in the U.S.
GALLERY: 2014 Audi RS4 Spy Photos
We’ve received word that among the debuts scheduled by Audi at this year’s Geneva Motor Show, the 2013 B8 Audi RS4 Avant will be among them (the B7 is shown above). Powered by a 4.2-liter FSI V8, the car will reportedly crank out some 450 horsepower and 317 lb-ft of torque and will be teamed exclusively with a seven-speed S-tronic transmission that incorporates launch control technology.
Alongside the RS4 Avant, Geneva will witness world premieres of the A1 Quattro (powered by a 250 horsepower 2.0-liter turbocharged FSI motor), the Audi A3 (with four engine options, a 1.4 TFSI, two 1.8 turbo motors, plus a 2.0-liter turbo diesel) and the third generation A6 All-Road, which, powered by a 3.0-liter TFSI V6, is said to deliver improvements in fuel economy of up to 20 percent . The highly anticipated TT RS will also make its global debut at the Swiss motoring expo, powered by the 2.5-liter, five-cylinder TFSI motor, reportedly delivering around 360 hp.
Although the TT RS is heading stateside, as is the RS5 (which shares its driveline with the 2013 RS4 and makes its Swiss premiere at the show); with the B8 RS4 being offered as an Avant only, it’ll be interesting to see just what Audi’s strategy is for this model, especially as it relates to North America.
So far we know it will be offered to customers around the world, though there’s no word yet on when or if it will come to the US. Given that many European brands seem less than enthusiastic about sending their wagon offerings stateside these days, we’ll be watching closely with this one.
Four-ring performance enthusiasts have been anxiously awaiting Audi‘s next-generation RS4 and finally we have some news to share with a new report that it’ll be coming in wagon form only. Known as the RS4 Avant over in Europe, the five-door wagon has typically outsold sedan counterparts on the Continent, leading to Audi’s decision.
This really isn’t a huge surprise, considering that of the last three generations of RS4s, only the last gen came in sedan form.
The RS4 Avant will reportedly feature a 4.2L V8 from the RS5 with 444-hp and 317 lb-ft of torque. It’ll be mated to a new seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. Other features of the new RS4 Avant include new wave-style brake discs and Audi’s latest version of their quattro four-wheel drive system that’s torque adjustable across the rear-axle.
[Source: Autocar UK]
Audi is exploring the possibility of bringing more RS models to the American market, after years of on-and-off importation of select vehicles like the RS4 and RS6.
Both the TT-RS and RS5 are slated to be introduced for the 2012 model year, and the vehicles will be priced well above even the most expensive TT and A5 models. Like BMW’s M cars, the the RS models are sold in low volumes but are relatively high margin vehicles for Audi. The average transaction price for Audi vehicles has risen steadily since January of 2010, while rivals Mercedes-Benz and BMW have seen theirs fall (though their transaction prices are still higher overall)
Peter Scwarzenbauer, Audi’s U.S. sales head, suggested that future RS products could make their way to America, but declined to specify what was in the pipeline.
[Source: Left Lane News]
Despite reports to the contrary, a future RS4 model from Audi is reportedly still on track. The high-performance version of the sports sedan has reportedly been re-confirmed by Autovisie Magazine, and we should see it within two years.
What isn’t known is what engine the car will use. Audi isn’t likely to use its 4.2-liter V8, which powered the previous RS4 and is still used in a more potent form in the current S5 and R8 models.
Instead, expect a turbocharged V8 engine that is likely to find its way under the hood of a host of other Audi performance models, including an RS6 and even a possible RS7.
Arguably one of our favorite cars over the past decade has been the Audi RS4. With 414-hp from a high-revving 4.2-liter V8, the RS4 packed plenty of fun thanks also to its quattro all-wheel drive system and the fact that it was available exclusively with a six-speed manual transmission.
An aggressive stance, flared fenders an a simply stunning interior make the RS4 a car that you couldn’t help but lust after.
With limited production between 2006 and 2008, the car’s rarity makes it even that much more desirable.
Sadly, we won’t be looking forward to driving the next RS4, as there won’t be one. According to a report by Car & Driver, Audi has no plans to give the RS4 a successor. This isn’t all that surprising as the RS4 has, historically, skipped generations.
An RS6 is, however, planned, using a twin-turbo V8 engine – which is also rumored to power an upcoming RS7 model and make as much as 600-hp.
[Source: Car & Driver]