Audi has lifted the lid on its all-new RS4 Avant at the Frankfurt Motor Show.

The RS4 is powered by a twin-turbo 2.9-litre V6 petrol engine that produces 444bhp and a staggering 600Nm of torque driven through Audi’s quattro all-wheel-drive system.

From the outside it is apparent this is an RS, with sharpened styling over the standard A4 Avant. The front apron, for example, is more angular and has a chunky honeycomb grille within the front end. White embossed ‘quattro’ lettering also denotes that this isn’t a normal Audi A4.

Matrix LED headlamps are optional but add an aggressive stance to the car. As standard it gets 19-inch alloys but 20-inch ones are also available at an extra cost.

Other optional extras include ceramic brakes, RS sport suspension with dynamic ride control, an RS dynamic package, and various vibrant colour options such as Nogaro blue – a colour that was on the original 1999 RS4.

At the rear the RS4 Avant has estate car profiling but the sporty bodykit and oval tailpipes make it stand out from the rest of the range – not to mention tell people about the cars pedigree.

Inside, the cabin will be familiar to most A4 owners, but there are plenty of touches that make it stand apart from its lesser-powered siblings too. For a start there are the honeycomb embossed seats – a design that matches perfectly that of the front radiator grille.

Then there’s the steering wheel that looks as though it has been lifted straight out of an R8. The electrically adjustable one-piece seats are sporty, too.

It also features Audi’s virtual cockpit, which gives you a screen instead of an instrument panel on the dashboard and digitally shows you the dials. The centre part of the screen can display several different menus and even the sat nav – helping you keep your eyes on the road

Prices will start at £61,625 with the car being available to order throughout the UK later in September.

Aidan Rennie-Jones


September 13, 2017

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