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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.
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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.