The thrills of a hot sedan in a wagon avatar

At a time when wagons are slowly evolving from being family haulers to performance beasts, people in the U.S. are missing out on a lot of action. The Audi RS4 and the RS6 Avant give us the major #FOMO feels. Audi has told wagon-lovers in the U.S. not to give up hopes yet, as the company said, "We always look at potential new opportunities in the market. It’s a niche to explore. We keep holding discussions. Keep writing us letters.” That’s not a confirmation in any way, but it sounds like an assurance for the time being. Now, the company has finally unveiled the 2020 Audi RS4 Avant with aesthetic changes and a few changes inside the cabin. Is it better than the previous iteration?

Exterior

  • New ‘Singleframe’ grille looks swell
  • LED Matrix headlights available as an option
  • Wing mirrors placed on the doors
  • 19-inch forged aluminum wheels
  • Optional 20-inch five-arm wheels in matt bronze look stunning
  • Revised LED taillights with a lot more detailing
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The 2020 Audi RS4 Avant looks a lot more like its big brother this time around.

Upfront, the new honeycomb mesh grille is bigger than the preceding RS4 Avant’s grille, and it accommodates the four rings as well as the license plate. This way, the grille doesn’t look hideous despite being quite huge. This ‘Singleframe’ grille falls in line with the latest crop of cars from the German’s stable. Right above the grille is a slim slat that complements the design below the grille, too. Its rival needs to learn how to make big grilles look beautiful. Cough… BMW… Cough. The bumper features fog lamps on either side, which also seem to have a lot of intricate details around them.

For starters, the lamps are housed in a circular enclosure that is surrounded by the same honeycomb design as the grille. This gives the whole face a very sporty look. These fog lamp surrounds are again surrounded by a slight protrusion that’s part of the bumper itself and not an additional piece. The bottom of the bumper receives a flat, slim rubber piece that runs from one end to the other. It offers better aerodynamics on the wagon. As for the headlights, Audi couldn’t have gotten it any better, both aesthetically and functionally. The mean-looking LED headlights complement the overall appearance and justifies the ‘RS’ badge completely. Audi even offers the LED Matrix headlights as optional. Overall, the RS4 Avant still looks as menacing and aggressive as the current model, and we are happy that Audi did not try to mess up that pretty face.

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When it comes to the side profile of a wagon, this generally makes or breaks the deal for folks who are into ‘looks’.

Audi, however, has excelled at making the profile of the RS4 Avant look absolutely fantastic.

There is a crease that runs from the tip of the headlight to the edge of the taillight. Other than this, there are no other cuts or creases on the body. A black stripe is present below the doors on the side skirts that breaks the otherwise monotonous-looking profile. The window sills, B-, and C-pillars receive the black treatment. Perhaps, even the A-pillar should’ve received it to give it a slightly sportier look; not that the 2020 RS4 Avant lacks any.

However, I didn’t like the placement of the wing mirrors. They are placed on the doors that poke out like a sore thumb on an otherwise plain-Jane profile. Lack of badges on the fenders make it worse. Since they’re finished in black, they literally stand-out. Not to mention, they are not as sturdy as they would be in the conventional placement at the edge of the window frame on the A-pillar. Coming to the wheels, Audi has nailed it in this department. The 2020 RS4 Avant rides on 19-inch forged aluminum wheels wrapped in low profile 265/35 tires. The company also offers various 20-inch designs, including a new fully milled five-arm wheel, painted completely in matt bronze. That’s the one you see in the images, and it is wrapped in 275/30 tires. The 2020 RS4 Avant’s braking duties are taken care of by 12.8-inch discs in the front and 13-inch discs in the rear.

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Move to the back, and you’ll see that the 2020 RS4 Avant now has revised LED taillights.

A slim chrome strip runs within the taillights. The detailing is a lot sharper this time around and looks much better in action. The RS4 Avant sits squat and looks sportier than a conventional wagon. Audi offers gloss black, matt aluminum, and carbon styling packages on the 2020 RS4 Avant that includes certain differentiating elements on the door sills, fenders, inlays, the Audi logo, ES logo, etc. The roof receives rails that are designed in matt black as standard. The only part with chrome elements is the set of oval tailpipes of the RS exhaust system. The 2020 RS4 Avant also benefits from RS-specific roof edge spoiler and the diffuser insert, as well as the chrome tailpipes of the RS exhaust system, of which give the vehicle a distinct finish. A rectangular setup, in my opinion, would’ve looked smarter and in-line with the charisma of the sexy wagon.

Interior

  • Ambient Lighting Package comes with 30 lights
  • Red Contrast stitching on black Alcantara seats
  • Illuminated door sills with RS 4logo
  • New, bigger 10.1-inch MMI infotainment system
  • Audi has gotten rid of the Rotary button
  • Paddle Shifters behind the steering wheel
  • Head-up display on offer
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When we talk about Audi’s cabin, we can expect the fit and finesse second to none. In the 2020 RS4 Avant, Audi offers an ambient lighting package that comes with 30 colors that can light up the doors and center console.

The wagon comes with the RS variant seats, that’s coined as 'super sports' in other cars but doesn’t get mentioned here.

The black seats come with red contrast stitching. Imagine this matching up with the red ambient lighting! Throw the car around the corners, and the extra bolstering will keep you in place every time. However, you tend to sit ’in’ them, which may not be to everyone’s liking. We’re hoping Audi has addressed the issue this time and given it a slightly more upright position. It goes unsaid that there is no dearth of space whatsoever in here; be it the headroom, legroom, or the shoulder room, everything is aplenty.

The driver and front passenger are welcomed by the illuminated door sill trims that bear the RS4 logo. You can find the RS logo featured on the center console, the armrests, seat belts, and floor mats as well. It’s funny that Audi wants to remind you continuously that this is an RS and not the outside world because the company provides an option where the RS logos can be de-badged all around. The RS4 Avant wears a dark-theme on the inside, which is synonymous with ’sporty’ these days. The flat-bottomed steering is perfectly-sized and looks like a delight to hold. It also comes with paddle shifters that are bigger than the previous model. The door pads, selector lever, steering wheel, and knee pads are covered in Alcantara. The steering can be trimmed in leather as an option.

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The biggest change here comes in the form of the bigger 10.1-inch MMI infotainment system.

The system is slightly tilted towards the driver, a practical trend that can be credited to Volvo. Remember there used to be a rotary button on the center console previously? Yeah, well that’s gone this time around. The automaker does not mention it, but there’s no doubt that it will come with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The current 8.3-inch infotainment system includes DAB radio, DVD playback, ten gigs of onboard storage and online traffic information as standard. The system is user-friendly, unlike BMW’s iDrive, which needs a Ph.D. degree to be operated.

Below the screen are AC vents, followed by the AC controls, and drive control switches to round off the waterfall console. The stout gear lever comes with an electronic parking brake behind it. The 12.3-inch instrument cluster on the current RS4 Avant throws out performance-based information such as the tire pressure, G-forces, and torque. There is no reason for Audi to drop this in the new RS4 Avant, and fortunately, it didn’t. In the instrument cluster, or as Audi calls it “the Virtual Cockpit”, Audi offers a lot of details and options. Special RS displays provide information on tire pressure, torque, power output, engine oil temperature, lap timings, acceleration measurements, and G-forces. The company also offers a head-up display also on the RS4 Avant.

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The current RS4 Avant can haul 17.8 cubic-feet of luggage when all seats in place and 53.3 cubic-feet with the rear seats folded. This is larger than the Mercedes-AMG C63’s 17.3 cubic-feet. The specs for the 2020 model are not out yet.

Drivetrain

  • 2.9-liter, V-6 engine
  • 450 Horsepower
  • 443 pound-feet of torque
  • Eight-speed torque converter gearbox
  • 0-62 mph in 4.1 seconds
  • Top speed electronically limited to 155 mph
  • RS Sport Suspension Plus with Dynamic Ride Control
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Wagons these days have gotten fast. Not just overtaking the-quick-sedan-in-front-of-you fast, but push-you-back-in-the-seat fast.

The current RS4 Avant features an explosive engine under the hood, and we don't see Audi blessing it with any more power, unless it decides to spring a surprise.

The 2018 RS4 Avant replaced the old 4.2-liter, V-8 banger with a 2.9-liter, V-6 engine. Although the company faced a lot of heat for this, it actually came prepared with 126 pound-feet of extra torque that was enough to silence the critics. This time, too, Audi will carry over the 2.9-liter, twin-turbocharged, TFSI V-6 engine that churns 450 horses and 443 pound-feet of torque.

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Surprisingly, Audi has ditched the DSG transmission in favor of an eight-speed conventional automatic. Being a daily-driver utility wagon at its core, it makes more sense to feature a torque converter over the lightning-quick shifts provided by a DSG, as it improves the fuel economy and low-speed crawling. Audi claims that the RS4 Avant can deliver up to 26 mpg.

The Audi RS4 Avant hits the 62 mph mark from a standstill in 4.1 seconds, before its made to lose its breath at 155 mph, thanks to the cartel the three Germans have signed.

You can opt for the Dynamic package that adds another 19 mph to the electronically governed top speed. The engine is mated to the company’s patented Quattro all-wheel-drive system. To soothe your adrenaline, you can also opt for a rear sport differential, RS dynamic steering, and ceramic brakes for extra moolah.

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Speaking of its ride and handling, the RS4 Avant drives like a charm.

The sexy wagon comes with five-link suspensions at the front as well as the back. The RS Sport suspension plus can also be had with Dynamic Ride Control for extra moolah, and this makes the wagon even more agile. There is a reason why the beast is prefixed with the RS tag, and that is clearly evident the moment you crank the engine. The RS4 Avant is not averse to being thrown around the corners, or rip the straight roads. The wagon sticks to the roads like a leech and provides enough grip and confidence for you to keep your foot floored on the A-pedal. The RS4 Avant does not shy away from showing its wagon traits, but kudos to Audi for masking it quite well.

2020 Audi RS 4 Avant specfications
Engine type V6 engine
Displacement in cc / bore x stroke in mm / compression 2894 / 84.5 x 86.0 / 10.0
Max. power output in kW (hp) / at rpm 331 (450) / 5700 - 6700
Max. torque in Nm (lb-ft) / at rpm 600 (442.5) / 1900 - 5000
Top speed in km/h (mph) 250 (155,3)
Acceleration, 0-100 km/h (0-62.1 mph) in sec 4,1
Combined fuel consumption in l/100km 9.2
Combined CO2-emissions in g/km 211-210
Unladen weight according to EU (excluding driver) / (including driver) / gross weight limit in kg (lb) 1745 (3847.1) / 1820 (4012.4) / 2350 (5180.9)

Prices

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The 2020 Audi RS4 Avant sees a significant hike in the price. The 2020 Audi RS4 Avant comes with a sticker price of €81,400, that’s approximately $89,000.

Competition

Mercedes-AMG C63 Estate

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The Mercedes-AMG C63 Estate’s biggest advantage over the Audi RS4 Avant is the bigger engine. It features a 4.0-liter, Biturbo, V-8 engine that produces 469 horses and 479 pound-feet of torque. You can opt for the C63 S Estate as well, which features the same powertrain, but with better power output figures. The C63 S Estate churns out 503 ponies and 516 pound-feet of torque. The former takes 4.2 seconds to hit the 62 mph mark, while the latter takes a tenth-second shorter. Both have their top speeds limited to 155 mph.

The interior is not as exciting as the RS4 Avant’s, but the C63 Estate’s cabin will age gracefully. The dash and the center control is scattered with buttons all around and looks like a cockpit waiting to welcome you in it. It feels simple, yet elegant. In terms of looks, we’d pick the RS4 Avant over the C63 Estate, but if you ask the old-school mentality of ours which still believes that there is no replacement for displacement, we’d pick the AMG’s V-8 over the Audi’s V-6.

For some reason, BMW does not have an offering that can take on the RS4 Avant, or the C63 Estate. An M3 Touring would surely attract customers, wouldn’t it? However, there is an M3 Touring in the Netherlands! Confused? Well, a Dutchman rebuilt his 320d and turned it into an M3 Touring of sorts. The owner plonked a BMW S55 engine into the new wagon. It is a 3.0-liter, six-cylinder engine that produces anywhere between 424-493 horses and 406-444 pound-feet of torque. He ordered Eventuri intakes and a Stage 2 turbo upgrade and remapped the engine tune. The wagon now creams 530 horses at a tap of the A-pedal. He even added an M Performance Exhaust that makes the wagon growl aggressively. Need inspiration, BMW? Contact this man, or even better, hire him!

Read our full review on the 2018 Mercedes-AMG C63 Estate

Conclusion

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The Audi RS4 Avant is a wagon that can make you go weak in your knees. Audi has pulled off a creative brilliance here and executed it even better. The most noteworthy change other than the aesthetics is the bigger 10.1-inch touchscreen. Audi brings about changes in this department with almost every new model and we haven’t complained thus far. The company made a brave move and ditched the rotary button, so we’ll have to see how the owners respond to this. The company’s 27 years of experience in building performance wagons has a lot of doing with it. For a few folks, the 2.9-liter engine might be a letdown, but the extra torque and torque-converter gearbox make up for it very well. This grocery-hauler from Ingolstadt looks great, sits pretty, and drives even better. Although the performance-based wagon segment is still a niche, the two major players present here are performing well and would be more than happy to keep the other automakers out of contention as long as possible and enjoy the pie amongst themselves.

Other than the Tango Red color, the RS4 Avant can be had in Nogaro Blue as well. If it wasn’t clear until now, Audi has no plans of getting this to the States. But, it is planning to bring the big brother, RS6 Avant here. All-in-all, the Audi RS4 Avant will be a practical buy and one of the very few times where the heart and the head will go hand-in-hand during the decision-making process. Now, all we can do is drop the top Audi seat-warmers (pun intended) letters and e-mails and show them that the U.S. market deserves this beauty.

  • Leave it
    • The all-black theme will not please all
    • No replacement for displacement. V-6 still not accepted as the V-8’s successor
    • Will it ever come to the U.S.?

Further reading

2020 Audi A4
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Read our full review on the 2020 Audi A4.

2020 Audi A4 Avant
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Read our full review on the 2020 Audi A4 Avant.

2020 Audi S4 Avant
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Read our full review on the 2020 Audi S4 Avant.

2018 Audi RS4 Avant High Resolution Exterior Wallpaper quality
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Read our full review on the 2018 Audi RS4 Avant.

2018 Audi RS4 Sedan
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Read our full speculative review on the 2018 Audi RS4 Sedan.

2016 - 2018 Audi A4 High Resolution Exterior
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Read our full review on the 2018 Audi A4 Wagon.

Update History

Update 06/04/2019: The Audi RS4 was caught testing on public roads and is nearly production ready. Check out our latest shots in the spy shots section below!

The Audi Sport GmbH has fine-tuned many details of the RS 4 Avant (combined fuel consumption in l/100 km: 9,2 (25.6 US mpg); combined CO2 emissions in g/km: 208 (334.7 g/mi)) which was newly introduced in September 2017. The newly designed front section and the sporty interior with the new MMI touch operating system underline the athletic aspirations of the success model, which has a legendary line of ancestors. The high-torque twin-turbo V6 with a power output of 331 kW (450 metric hp) applies an impressive 600 Nm (442.5 lb-ft) of torque to the crankshaft in a broad engine speed range from 1,900 to 5,000 rpm. The RS 4 Avant will make its debut at the DTM finale at the Hockenheimring on 4 to 6 October 2019. Sales in Germany and other European countries will start in October 2019. The new RS 4 Avant will be at dealerships as of December 2019. Prices for the high-performance Avant start at EUR 81,400.

“Combining consistent sportiness with unlimited everyday usability may seem like an unconventional idea to some, but to us, the high-performance Avant is one of the best concepts of our 25-year history,” says Oliver Hoffmann, Managing Director of Audi Sport GmbH. “As our long-standing bestseller, the Audi RS 4 Avant contributes significantly to the success of Audi Sport GmbH.”

Muscular: the exterior design
The front section of the new RS 4 Avant was completely redesigned. The RS 4 Avant differs considerably from the A4 Avant. The Singleframe is wider and flatter as compared to the base model. Just like its big RS brothers, the RS 6 Avant (combined fuel consumption in l/100 km: 11.7–11.5 (20.1 –20.5 US mpg); combined CO2 emissions in g/km: 268–283 (431.3–455.4 g/mi)) and the RS 7 Sportback (combined fuel consumption in l/100 km: 11.6–11.4 (20.3–20.6 US mpg); combined CO2 emissions in g/km: 265–261 (426.5–420.0 g/mi)), the RS 4 Avant also features the three-dimensional honeycomb structure in gloss black that is typical for the RS model series. To give it a clean look, the Singleframe is designed without a frame. The new eggcrate grille with the RS 4 emblem is inserted directly into the bumper with the large lateral air inlets and vertical flaps.

The shape of the LED headlights of the RS 4 Avant has also been redesigned. The optional matrix LED headlights with darkened bezels complete the revised appearance of the high-performance Avant and differentiate it within the A4 family. The wheel arches with the quattro blisters located above are each 30 millimeters (1.2 in) wider at the front and back as compared to the Audi A4 Avant. Gloss black design elements positioned right next to the headlights underline the effect of width of the new RS 4 Avant (combined fuel consumption in l/100 km: 9,2 (25.6 US mpg); combined CO2 emissions in g/km: 208 (334.7 g/mi)).

The gloss black, matt aluminum and carbon styling packages add individual accents to the inlay in the sill, the exterior mirror housings and the front and rear bumpers. Upon request, the gloss black and carbon styling packages also include the Audi rings and the RS logo in black on the front and rear. The RS badges can be omitted completely for a more understated look. The roof rails are designed in matt black as standard. The RS-specific roof edge spoiler and the diffuser insert as well as the chrome tailpipes of the RS exhaust system give the vehicle a distinct finish. The optional RS sport exhaust system with black tailpipe trims creates a particularly sporty sound experience. The driver can decide whether they want a sporty or subdued sound via the Audi drive select dynamic handling system.

Full tractive power: the drive
With the 2.9 TFSI twin-turbo V6, Audi Sport GmbH is building on the legendary 2.7 liter V6 of the first RS 4 Avant from 1999. Back then, the twin-turbo V6 had a power output of 279 kW (380 metric hp). The new RS 4 Avant now outputs 331 kW (450 metric hp), which equals an output of 155.5 metric hp per liter. This allows the RS 4 Avant to accelerate from zero to 100 km/h (62.1 mph) in just 4.1 seconds. The TFSI engine weighs just 182 kilograms (401.2 lb), which is 31 kilograms (68.3 lb) less than the V8 engine in the predecessor model from 2012. This benefits the gross weight and the axle load distribution—two prerequisites for the impressive performance. The twin-turbo V6 applies an impressive 600 Nm (442.5 lb-ft) of torque to the crankshaft in a broad engine speed range from 1,900 to 5,000 rpm. The RS dynamic package increases the electronically governed top speed from 250 to 280 km/h (155.3 to 174.0 mph).

The two turbochargers of the 2.9 TFSI are each assigned to a cylinder bank and build up a boost pressure of up to 1.5 bar. Like with all V6 and V8 engines from Audi, the turbochargers are installed within the 90-degree interior “V” of the cylinder banks, and thus the exhaust side of the cylinder heads is on the inside, while the intake side is on the outside of the engine. This layout enables compact construction and short gas flow paths with minimal flow losses, allowing the 2.9 TFSI to respond particularly spontaneously to movement of the accelerator pedal.

The high-output V6 impresses not only with its strong performance but also with its high level of efficiency. In the new WLTP driving cycle, it consumes just 9.2 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers (25.6 US mpg), which corresponds to 208 grams of CO2 per kilometer (334.7 g/mi). This constitutes a consumption reduction by 17 percent as compared to the previous model. A decisive factor in this is the new TFSI combustion process from Audi, which is known as the B-cycle. It has been specifically designed for the partial-load range, which is the predominant operating mode during normal use. In the case of higher loads and rotational speeds, the two-stage Audi valvelift system (AVS) closes the intake valves later, thereby increasing the opening duration to a crank angle of 200 degrees. Simultaneously, valve lift increases from 6.0 to 10 millimeters (from 0.2 to 0.4 in). The cylinder charge thereby increases accordingly—the engine revs up powerfully and delivers an opulent output.

The power of the 2.9 TFSI flows to the quattro permanent all-wheel drive system via the sporty eight-speed tiptronic. In regular driving, the system delivers more power to the rear axle. Its purely mechanical center differential directs 60 percent of the torque to the rear axle and 40 percent to the front. If undesired slip occurs at one axle, most of the power is automatically and rapidly redirected to the other axle—up to 70 percent to the front or up to 85 percent to the rear axle. The high locking values enable a clearly defined torque distribution and highly precise interaction with the control systems of the ESC and wheel-selective torque control.

Wheel-selective torque control is active on all types of surfaces. When driving with a sporty style, it brakes the the wheels on the inside of the curve very slightly via the Electronic Stabilization Control (ESC), thereby increasing the drive torque on the wheels on the outside of the curve with the higher wheel load. The difference in drive forces turns the car into the bend, allowing the car to follow the steering angle precisely. The result: precise, agile and neutral handling. The optional quattro sport differential with RS-specific tuning ensures an even more dynamic response when accelerating in corners. It distributes the torque between the rear wheels actively and in a targeted manner, thereby improving traction, stability and dynamics. When turning or accelerating in a curve, the torque is predominantly steered toward the rear wheel on the outside of the curve—the car is literally pressed into the curve, eliminating even the slightest hint of understeer. In case of oversteer, the sport differential stabilizes the vehicle by directing torque to the wheel on the inside of the curve.

Sporty tuning: the suspension
The axle concept of the suspension with five-link suspensions at the front and rear enables the optimal absorption of longitudinal and lateral forces. With the standard RS sport suspension, the Audi RS 4 Avant (combined fuel consumption in l/100 km: 9,2 (25.6 US mpg); combined CO2 emissions in g/km: 208 (334.7 g/mi)) is seven millimeters (0.3 in) lower than the S4 base model with sport suspension.

The RS sport suspension plus with Dynamic Ride Control (DRC) enables even more agile handling and is available upon request. This integrated roll and pitch stabilizer consists of a special damper system that counteracts the movements of the vehicle body with no delay without the use of electronics. When the vehicle is turning into and traveling around a bend, the damper response is altered so that the vehicle’s movements around the longitudinal axis (roll) and around the transverse axis (pitch) are significantly reduced. The dampers are each connected diagonally to a central valve via two separate oil lines. The valves provide the necessary compensating volume via internal pistons with the gas-filled compartment behind them. When the vehicle is steering into and traveling around a bend, an oil flow is generated between the diagonally opposite dampers via the central valve, thus creating additional damping force. When one side is cushioned, the damping characteristics are altered such that roll and pitch movements are almost eliminated. As a result, this highly responsive damper system ensures that the RS models are particularly precise when negotiating bends.

With the aid of Audi drive select, the driver can influence the damper response on three levels and thereby personalize the driving experience. The new generation of dampers with integrated valve is more compact and lighter. In addition, it enables the damping forces to be spread even more widely between the comfort and dynamic modes as well as more precise suspension adjustment for high damping forces, which occur when cornering at speed in particular. The result: The RS sport suspension with Dynamic Ride Control (DRC) ensures a markedly comfortable rolling motion in the “comfort” setting. In the “dynamic” program, it delivers extraordinarily taut driving precision even when cornering at high speed.

RS-specific dynamic steering is available as an alternative to the standard electromechanical power steering. Dynamic steering varies the steering ratio by up to 100 percent based on the driving speed, steering angle and selected mode in the Audi drive select handling system. At low driving speeds—in city traffic and in maneuvering—the dynamic steering operates very directly; all it takes is two full turns of the steering wheel to travel from end stop to end stop. The level of power assistance is also high, making parking maneuvers a piece of cake. On country roads, the directness of the steering response and electric power assist are reduced progressively. When driving at high speeds on the highway, the indirect gear ratio and low level of power assistance smooth out jerky steering movements and assist with confident directional stability. Dynamic steering works closely with the electronic stabilization control program (ESC) to achieve sporty handling and driving safety. If necessary, it counter-steers slightly; its slight corrections, most of which are unnoticeable to the driver, reduce understeer and oversteer due to load alterations in the vast majority of situations. When braking on road surfaces with different friction coefficients, the system helps by means of stabilizing steering corrections.

The driver can create their personal driving experience via the standard Audi drive select dynamic handling system. There are five profiles available: comfort, auto, dynamic and the customizable, RS-specific RS1 and RS2 modes. The Audi drive select dynamic handling system influences the engine and transmission management, the power steering, the suspension, the dynamic steering, the quattro sport differential, the engine sound and the characteristics of the automatic air conditioning. The customizable RS2 mode exists specifically to influence the Electronic Stabilization Control (ESC) quickly at the push of a button.

The new RS 4 Avant is factory-equipped with 19-inch forged aluminum 265/35 wheels. Various 20-inch designs are available upon request, including a new fully milled five-arm wheel painted completely in matt bronze. It uses 275/30 tires. Powerful RS steel brakes with perforated composite disks ensure confident deceleration behavior. They have a diameter of 375 millimeters (14.8 in) at the front axle and 330 millimeters (13.0 in) at the rear axle.
The six-piston brake calipers with RS logos are painted in black, or optionally in red. Upon request, particularly fade-resistant RS ceramic brakes operate at the front axle. The calipers are available in red, gray and blue. Their perforated disks have a diameter of 400 millimeters (15.7 in).

Connected cockpit: the interior
The Audi RS 4 Avant (combined fuel consumption in l/100 km: 9,2 (25.6 US mpg); combined CO2 emissions in g/km: 208 (334.7 g/mi)) features a black interior. LED light guides trace the contours of the doors and the center console—doing so in up to 30 different colors in combination with the optional ambient lighting package. The horizontal alignment of the instrument panel creates a sense of spaciousness. The driver and front passenger are welcomed by the illuminated door sill trims that bear the RS 4 logo. Upon request, the
RS design package adds some color to the interior, with the RS logo featured on the center console, the armrests, seat belts and floor mats. The steering wheel, selector lever and knee pads are all covered with Alcantara with red contrasting stitching. In addition to the red, the extended RS design package now also offers accents in gray. As a new highlight for the RS design package in red, the seat brackets in the backrest are also available in the matching color.

The 10.1-inch MMI touch display is the control center of the new operating system. It is located in the center of the instrument panel and tilted slightly toward the driver. The touch-sensitive screen displays a high-resolution graphic animation of an RS 4 Avant to welcome the driver. The MMI touch display provides acoustic feedback and takes over the functions of the previous rotary pushbutton on the center console. The driver can use the RS monitor to call up an overview of drive system component temperatures, maximum g-forces and information regarding tire pressures and temperatures. In the Audi virtual cockpit, special RS displays provide information on tire pressure, torque, power output, engine oil temperature, lap timings, acceleration measurements and g-forces. The shift light display prompts the driver to upshift when the rev limit is reached. The optional head-up display also providers some RS-specific information, for example the shift light display.

With its strict hierarchies, the menu structure of the new operating system is tailored to the user’s expectations and aims for easy operation. The natural language control also understands many phrases used in everyday language and quickly translates them into commands. The navigation in the new RS 4 Avant is now even more versatile and user-friendly. Audi connect and Audi connect plus provide a host of online services, such as Car-to-X services, which take advantage of the swarm intelligence of the Audi fleet.

The driver can actuate the two RS1 and RS2 modes in Audi drive select directly via a new “RS MODE” button on the flat-bottomed RS multifunction sport leather steering wheel. This automatically opens the RS-specific displays in the Audi virtual cockpit. The new aluminum shift paddles are considerably larger than before. Aside from the steering wheel and the illuminated door sill trims, the RS sport seats with optional honeycomb pattern and the shift gate also bear the RS emblem.

Versatile: the equipment
The RS 4 Avant (combined fuel consumption in l/100 km: 9,2 (25.6 US mpg); combined CO2 emissions in g/km: 208 (334.7 g/mi)) provides the same level of everyday usability as the A4 Avant base model. The luggage compartment has a capacity of 495 liters (17.5 cu ft), which increases to 1,495 liters (52.8 cu ft) with the rear seats folded down and cargo loaded to the roof. The luggage compartment lid and the luggage compartment cover are electrically operated as standard. Sensor control for opening and closing the luggage compartment lid is available as an option, and a trailer towing hitch that can be unlocked electrically at the push of a button is also available upon request.

Upon request, the RS 4 assists the driver in many situations: More than 30 driver assist systems underline the all-round characteristics of the high-performance Avant. The options are summarized in the “tour” and “city” packages. They include the adaptive cruise assist with stop & go function for automatic distance control, the intersection assist, the lane change warning or the curb warning.

Customers of the RS 4 Avant can select from eight paint colors, including the new plain color Turbo blue and the new metallic color Tango red. The Audi exclusive program also includes many more customized paint finishes, for example Nogaro blue, pearl effect. This color already characterized the RS 2 Avant as the legendary forefather of all RS models back in 1994.

Legendary: the history
Like no other, the new Audi RS 4 Avant stands for the combination of high performance and everyday usability. Its line of ancestors dates back a full 25 years, to 1994, when the legendary RS 2 Avant was released.

1994 – Audi RS 2 Avant: Strong trendsetter
Audi set a strong trend with the RS 2 Avant in 1994: It was the world’s first high-performance sports car with five seats and a large luggage compartment. The distinctive exterior design and the fine interior with its two-color look and blue Alcantara seats also helped shape the style. The five-cylinder turbo squeezed 232 kW (315 metric hp) out of 2.2 liters of displacement, accelerated the Audi RS 2 Avant from a standstill to 100 km/h (62.1 mph) in 5.4 seconds, and reached a top speed of 262 km/h (162.8 mph). Porsche AG supplied parts such as brakes and wheels in its capacity as development and production partner.

1999 – compact displacement and high performance in the first generation
Cosworth Technology Ltd, which was integrated in the company shortly before, came into the picture as a cooperation partner for the first RS 4 Avant. Together with quattro GmbH, the English company made the 2.7 liter twin-turbo V6 with 279 kW (380 metric hp) even more powerful and torquey. The intake and exhaust ports were revised in accordance with the performance increase, the cross-sections of the air ducting on the intake and thrust sides was increased, and the dimensions of the turbochargers were also expanded. The efficiency was improved considerably thanks to larger intercoolers that were optimized for pressure loss. The RS 4 was thus designed for pure sportiness without sacrificing any of its everyday usability. It was in such high demand that Audi doubled the originally planned production figures.

2005 – Audi RS 4: Dynamics in three variants
The second generation of the RS 4 was launched in 2005. It was first released as a sedan and Avant and was later also available as a cabriolet. In terms of drive, it was equipped with the newly developed V8 high-revving engine with 4.2 liters of displacement. The direct injection engine had an output of 309 kW (420 metric hp). This was the first time that a manufacturer relied on the combination of gasoline direct injection and the high-engine-speed concept, which was derived from motorsports. This allows speeds of up to 8,250 rpm to be reached. Further technology highlights included the quattro drive with the asymmetrical dynamic torque distribution at a ratio of 40 percent at the front and 60 percent at the rear, which was new at the time, and the optional carbon fiber ceramic brakes.

2012 – Audi RS 4 Avant: The dynamic all-purpose vehicle
In February 2012, quattro GmbH presented the third generation of the RS 4, which was offered as an Avant exclusively, at the Geneva Motor Show. Just like its predecessor, the model was equipped with a 4.2 l V8 high-revving engine but with an increased output of 331 kW (450 metric hp).

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