Audi’s RS models represent the pinnacle of speed and performance. Every enthusiast knows that anything wearing the RennSport (RS) designation is something special. The entire legacy of RS models began 20 years ago with the creation of the RS2 Avant. A project that was developed in partnership with Porsche , the RS2 features a 311 horsepower, turbocharged five-cylinder engine and quattro AWD in a wagon shell.
Fun Fact: The RS2 was actually manufactured by Porsche , not Audi, in the same factory that produced the bonkers Porsche 959 supercar. Even today, RS models are not assembled on standard assembly lines.
To pay homage to the car that started it all, Audi is releasing a special edition version of the RS4 Avant . The new RS4 Avant Nogaro Selection will make its debut at the Geneva Auto Show . This special edition is coated in Nogaro blue paint, reminiscent of the blue hue that the RS2 was sold in.
With quattro AWD, a monster V-8 and five doors, the RS4 Avant Nogaro Selection is the perfect successor to the machine that started it all.
Like all RS models, the outside of the RS4 Avant Nogaro Selection makes an immediate statement. This car is much more than its sibling. The striking pearlescent blue of the Nogaro paint combines with gloss-black window surrounds and grille trim to give this RS4 a menacing appearance. The 20-inch alloys, large oval exhaust and flared fenders are signs to this wagon’s potential for speed.
Gallery Audi RS4 Avant Nogaro Selection
The interior of the Nogaro gets the same obsessive attention to detail as the exterior. The seats and door panels are coated in Alcantara that matches the blue hue of the exterior paint. Black inserts are also available, but who wants something that boring? Black leather covers the armrests, steering wheel and shift boot, each finished with a contrasting blue stitching. Interior trim is done in carbon fiber, and the carbon has had small blue threads inlaid with it to provide a bit of extra visual punch.
Gallery Audi RS4 Avant Nogaro Selection
Powering the Nogaro Selection RS4 is Audi’s 4.2-liter FSI V-8. That means 450 naturally aspirated horsepower that reaches its peak at a screaming 8,250 rpm. Torque is rated at 317 pound-feet. That output gives the RS4 Avant enough grunt to break the 60-mph barrier in 4.7 seconds, and it will keep going all the way until it hits 174 mph. The only transmission option is the seven-speed S tronic automatic.
All that power is sent to ground via Audi’s legendary quattro AWD system. Thanks to its self-locking center differential, the system is able to modulate power to the front wheels or the rear. It can send as much as 85 percent to the rear wheels, giving the RS4 Nogaro Selection a more nuanced RWD feel for the ultimate in performance. If the weather turns sour, or the road turns to gravel, as much as 70-percent of the power can hit the front wheels to make sure you have the traction you need.
|Engine Type||4.2 FSI V-8|
|Horsepower @ RPM||450 @ 8,250 RPM|
|Torque (LB-FT @ RPM)||317.15 @ 4,000 - 6,000 RPM|
|Acceleration (0-62 MPH)||4.7 Seconds|
|Top Speed||173.98 MPH|
|Fuel Consumption||10.7 L/100 km (21.98 U.S. mpg)|
|CO2 Emissions||249 g/km (400.73 g/mile)|
|Audi RS4 Avant Nogaro||&euro87,300|
With a 556-horsepower, supercharged V-8, the CTS-V Wagon has the grunt to outhustle the Audi. It also offers a manual transmission option and can be bought in the U.S.. It does not have AWD however, so things can get out of hand quickly if you aren’t careful.
Gallery Cadillac CTS-V Sport Wagon
A similar five-door Autobahn burner, the E63 AMG holds a power advantage over both the Cadillac and the Audi. It also holds the highest price tag. Just like the Audi, it is only sold in AWD with an automatic transmission.
Gallery Mercedes E 63 AMG S-Model
The legacy of RS is to provide the best driving experience possible. We think the RS4 Avant Nogaro Selection is a great way to pay homage to the start of this great heritage of performance. Five-doors, eight cylinders and 450 horsepower, it makes for one drool-worthy package. If you happen to be blasted by a streak of blue lighting the next time you are in Germany, it may just be one of these incredible machines.
- Wagon practicality
- Supercar speed
- Menacing good looks
- No manual transmission option
- A bit pricey
- Not for U.S. sale
Twenty years ago, the Audi Avant RS2, founder of the dynamic RS family, had its debut – and now Audi is launching a special edition of the current model on the market. The RS 4 Avant Nogaro selection will become available from early 2014, and will celebrate its world premiere at the Geneva Motor Show with Nogaro blue paint finish and exclusive equipment.
The customized Nogaro blue, pearl effect paint finish is the most salient visual signal of the anniversary model, and is also reminiscent of the RS2. The frame and use of the Singleframe grille, as well as the window slot trims, are painted high-gloss black, and the roof rails matt black. The RS sport exhaust system terminates in two oval, high-gloss black tailpipe trims.
Under the hood of the Audi RS 4 Avant Nogaro selection operates a high-revving V8 naturally aspirated engine with a displacement of 4,163 cc. The 4.2 FSI delivers 331 kW (450 hp) of power output at 8,250 rpm, with peak torque of 430 Nm (317.15 lb-ft) available between 4,000 and 6,000 rpm. The resonant eight-cylinder engine accelerates the anniversary model from 0 to 100 km/h (62.14 mph) in 4.7 seconds and takes it to a governed top speed of 280 km/h (173.98 mph). Its combined fuel consumption is 10.7 liters per 100 kilometers (21.98 US mpg) – for a CO2 equivalent of 249 grams per kilometer (400.73 g/mile).
With its high efficiency and tall top gear, the standard seven-speed S tronic also contributes to fuel efficiency. The driver can let the lightning-fast dual-clutch transmission shift operate automatically or change gears themselves using the selector lever or the steering wheel paddles.
The core of the quattro permanent all-wheel drive is the self-locking crown gear center differential. The compact and lightweight component distributes torque at a default ratio of 40:60 between the front and rear axles. This ratio can be broadly varied as required – with up to 70 per cent of the power going to the front and a maximum of 85 per cent to the rear. The crown gear center differential cooperates with the wheel-selective torque control, which makes handling at curve limits even more dynamic through selective, small brake impulses. Audi offers the sport differential as an optional addition that actively distributes the power between the rear wheels.
The standard equipment of the Audi RS 4 Avant Nogaro selection also includes the Audi drive select dynamic driving system. This system allows variation between three modes – comfort, auto and dynamic – for the characteristics of the electromechanical power steering, the seven-speed S tronic, the accelerator and the RS sport exhaust system. And if the car is equipped with Audi MMI navigation, there is also a fourth mode – individual – that can be configured by the driver.
Besides the sport differential, two further optional elements are available for Audi drive select. The dynamic steering varies the steering ratio depending on the speed and countersteers with small impulses at curve limits. The RS sport suspension plus with Dynamic Ride Control (DRC) equalizes the roll and pitch for the firmly sprung suspension by strictly mechanical means.
The Audi RS 4 Avant Nogaro selection rides on 265/30 series tires. Behind the gloss turned finish 20-inch wheels in 5-V-spoke design gleam red-painted brake calipers bearing RS emblems. The brake discs featuring a wave design are internally ventilated, perforated and joined to the aluminum brake disc chambers by pins. Audi installs carbon-fiber-ceramic discs at the front axle on request. The Electronic Stabilization Control (ESC) offers a sport mode and can also be entirely deactivated as required.
Black and blue: the Interior
In the sporty black interior, Audi offers two different upholstery versions for the electrically adjustable S sport seats with their integrated head restraints. In both cases, the side sections are covered with black Valcona leather; the Alcantara synthetic fibers for the center sections and door trim inserts are colored either black as well or nogaro blue – in homage again to the Audi Avant RS2. The armrests are covered with black leather, with blue contrasting stitching providing accents. Black or nogaro blue piping frames the black floor mats.
Black leather with blue stitching also refines the steering wheel rim and the selector lever boot. Blue threads run through the carbon inlays to lend them a very special shimmer. A badge on the RS selector lever knob of the S tronic and the logos on the door sill trims refer to the special status of the anniversary model.
In early 2014, the Audi RS 4 Avant Nogaro selection will arrive at dealerships as a limited special edition. Its base price is 87,300 euros.