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2020 Audi RS4 Avant

2020 Audi RS4 Avant

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?

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2018 Audi RS4 Sedan

2018 Audi RS4 Sedan

Finally set to return after a decade?

First introduced in 2000, the RS4 has evolved into one of Audi’s most iconic nameplates, despite being available for short periods of time with each generation. First offered between 2000 and 2001, it returned for 2006-2008, and then again for 2012-2015. Each time as a station wagon, but Audi made an exception and offered a sedan between 2006 and 2008. Come 2018 and the Audi RS4 returns for the third time, again in the Avant body styles. But this time around word has it that Audi is also planning to revive the short-lived four-door sedan, which may also return to the United States. While the German firm is mum on the matter, I put together a speculative review with what it may bring to the table.

The fact that the RS4 sedan didn’t return after 2008 is a bit shocking if you ask me. Audi is super competitive in just about every niche and it’s even trying to create its own, but for some reason it doesn’t really want a piece of the action where BMW and Mercedes-Benz are making the big headlines. The decision to offer the RS4 as a wagon only seems strange to say the least with Audi’s latest competitor for the BMW M3 and Mercedes-AMG C63 dates all the way back to 2008. But apparently Audi is finally coming to its senses and a new RS4 sedan might be just around the corner.

Updated 10/02/2017: We updated the speculative review with a new rendering and new information. Check it out below.

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2018 Audi RS4 And RS5 Carbon Editions

2018 Audi RS4 And RS5 Carbon Editions

Lighter and leaner performance models are always good recipes for an improved driving experience

In a day and age where “special edition” models can mean just about anything under the sun, Audi has found a nifty trick to kill two birds with one stone by offering special edition models for the Audi RS4 Avant and the Audi RS5 Coupe. Officially, both models are have been designated as Carbon Editions, a nod to the smattering of carbon bits they received that help make them lighter and a bit more fun to drive on the open road.

The lightweight blueprint is a tried-and-tested one, and many automakers have taken that approach to squeeze out every ounce of improved performance they can out of their cars without having to pump more power out of the engines. Audi’s approach with the RS4 and RS5 Carbon Editions is similar by the sheer number of carbon fiber reinforced polymer add-ons both models received. The goal of replacing the standard parts with CFRP counterparts is to make both cars lighter, which is exactly what Audi accomplished. The RS4, for example, is now 80 kilos (176 pounds) lighter than its standard counterpart whereas the RS5 slashes 60 kilos (132 pounds) from its original weight. Does the weight loss spell massive improvements in performance? Not quite. But don’t think that these are “standard” RS4s and RS5s either. If anything, these two new special editions should be lighter on their feet, and we know what that equates to in the end.

Continue after the jump to read more about the Audi RS4 Avant and RS5 Coupe Carbon Editions.

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2018 Audi RS4 Avant

2018 Audi RS4 Avant

The world’s greatest compact grocery getter?

Introduced in 1999, the Audi RS4 placed itself at the top of Audi’s compact car lineup. With a sportier, more aerodynamic exterior, exclusive features on the inside, and a more powerful engine, the RS4 quickly became a solid competitor for the BMW M3. However, unlike BMW, Audi also built a wagon version a created a brand-new niche for performance grocery getters. The RS4 Avant become such an important car in the Audi lineup, that the third-generation RS4 didn’t even get a sedan version. Come 2017 and a brand-new generation RS4 arrived, also introduced with an Avant variant only.

Essentially a beefed-up version of the latest A4 wagon, which already sports Audi’s new design language with more angular features, the RS4 Avant gained a brand-new engine that smaller, but more potent than the outgoing unit. The new performance wagon is also lighter than its predecessor, which had quite a few issues when compared to the awesome Mercedes-AMG C63 Estate. All told, Audi finally has a proper competitor for the souped-up Merc and we will find out what it brings to the table in the review below.

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2014 Audi RS 4 Avant Peridot Metallic by Audi Exclusive

2014 Audi RS 4 Avant Peridot Metallic by Audi Exclusive

First introduced in 2000, the Audi RS4 Avant has been blazing trails in Europe for more than a decade. The third-gen RS4 Avant debuted in 2012, and for the 2014 model year, Audi Exclusive put together a nice one-off special edition.

Despite its current state, the RS4 Avant still has its fans, one of whom presumably placed an order for the hot wagon just to send it to Audi Exclusive for some personalized updates. The result is this thing of beauty: a sparkling one-off RS4 Avant dressed in a unique Peridot metallic exterior finish.

The fancy body color, which looks like a shiny shade of lime, isn’t the only upgrade given to this RS4. Personalized details are scattered throughout the the exterior and interior of the high-performance wagon.

Audi Exclusive’s overall work on this RS4 gets top grades from us. Now how about Audi pushing forward with the new RS4 Avant so Audi Exclusive can work on those bad-boys soon. Seems like a reasonable request, right?

Click past the jump to read more about this Audi Exclusive RS 4 Avant one-off edition.

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2016 Audi RS4 Avant

2016 Audi RS4 Avant

Europe’s stringent emission laws have forced some shuffling deep within some of the continent’s biggest automakers, a lot of whom have had to make sacrifices on killing off their eight-cylinder engines in favor of settling for the six-cylinder variety. BMW and Mercedes are two such companies that have already taken to downgrading the powertrain for their performance vehicles and now, it appears that Audi is following suit.

Word from Car and Driver seems to indicate that the German company will be using turbocharged V-6 engines on its RS-branded lines, including the RS4. No longer will the company’s sports line hitting production V-8, instead the focus will now center on those turbo V-6s, smaller in displacement but no less powerful once you add those turbochargers into the mix.

That’s looking like Audi’s plan for the RS4, which really is as much a return to its previous form than it is a downgrade of sorts. After all, as recent as 2001, the RS4 Avant packed a 2.7-liter, twin-turbo V-6 under its hood, so it’s not like Quattro GmbH is venturing into unchartered territory when it comes to marrying the two sides together.

The important thing for the RS4 is to not cheapen its value relative to the new BMW M4 and the redesigned M3. It wouldn’t look too good for Audi if it cut power from its prized sports wagon, so you can still expect the vehicle to generate more than 400 horsepower.

Anything less would spell trouble for Audi given that its predecessor already had 450 ponies and other manufacturers have seemingly integrated those turbocharged V-6s into producing stout levels of output.

Only time will tell what Audi has in store for the RS4, but if those twin-turbo V-6s carry their weight, nobody’s going to be crying a river over the loss of those V-8s.

Note: Current Audi RS4 Avant pictured here.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2016 Audi RS4.

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2014 Audi RS4 Avant Nogaro Selection

2014 Audi RS4 Avant Nogaro Selection

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.

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2013 Audi RS4 by ABT Sportsline

2013 Audi RS4 by ABT Sportsline

When it comes to German sports sedans and station wagons, each one has a big problem: top speed is limited to only 155 mph. For most people, this might sound like a pretty smart safety measure, but sounds pretty lame for a model to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in the 4-second range, but only be capable of hitting 155 mph.

Lucky for us, where automakers decide to limit the speed, tuners can intervene and change things significantly. For example, German tuner ABT Sportsline offers a nice upgrade package for the Audi RS4 that increases top speed to 180 mph. For this the tuner removes the speed limiter and replaces the standard exhaust system with a new stainless-steel one with catalytic converters that significantly improve the engine’s sound and eases exhaust flow. The output of the 4.2-liter V-8 engine surprisingly remains unchanged at 450 ponies, so the exhaust must not free up too much backpressure.

On the exterior, the tuner installed a set of larger alloy wheels in ABT DR design in a sleek gunmetal finish.

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2013 Audi RS4 Avant

2013 Audi RS4 Avant

Every German car company has their performance tuning arm and Audi is no different. The "S" badging has come to mean something special for Audi fans and the current line of S models compete with the likes of Mercedes AMG and BMW M models. Throughout the past 5 years or so, the automotive industry, especially this high end sector, has seen a never ending horsepower and performance war. And now that Mercedes has officially dropped the C63 Black Series, Audi had to do something to respond to that challenge. And they did: the company has announced the launch of the third generation RS4 Avant. The new RS4 combines potent performance with a high level of everyday practicality.

The original model was a muscle car in a tight suit producing 414hp from a 4.2-liter V8 that was stuffed in the small engine compartment. This, in addition to a tightened suspension, bigger brakes, and a six-speed manual, made the car very hard to compete with. But the new generation is even better. Audi is now utilizing a new 4.2 liter V8 engine - borrowed from the RS5 - that delivers a total of 450 HP. This engine sprints the car from 0 to 60 mph in just 4.7 seconds - an impressive number for a station wagon model.

UPDATE 02/15/2012: This review has been updated with the official details and images.

UPDATE 06/14/2012: Audi has unveiled a new set of high res images for the new RS4 Avant, but also three new video presenting the car in action, plus details on the car’s exterior and interior. Enjoy!

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2005 Audi RS4

2005 Audi RS4

The Audi RS4 is offered for the first time in three different body versions. No matter if a sedan, station wagon or convertible, the RS4 offers new dimensions in driving dynamics by combining innovative ideas. The exciting looks of all three versions and exquisite level of equipment that stands up to for the uppermost opulence standards make the RS4 line-up, the latest high-performance products from quattro (Audi’s sports division) to stand among the most desirable vehicles on the market.

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2007 Audi RS 4

2007 Audi RS 4

From this summer, Audi will for the first time be offering additional versions of the RS 4. Following the successful market launch of the saloon at the end of last year, the Avant and Cabriolet versions will be appearing at dealers from the summer. This will round off the RS 4 family. This highly emotionally charged, high-performance product from quattro GmbH unites the characteristics of a sports car with supreme everyday qualities. This is as true of the saloon version as it is of the Wagon and the four-seater Convertible.

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2005 Audi RS 4

2005 Audi RS 4

New dimensions in driving dynamics combined with innovative ideas and concepts – and, in addition, exciting lines and a level of equipment living up to even the highest luxury performance standards: The new Audi RS 4 combines the latest high-performance motoring qualities offered by Quattro GmbH in a thoroughbred sports saloon with supreme everyday driving qualities in the premium segment. Indeed, the new RS 4 is the top-of-the-range model in the A4 series, a development all-new from the (...)

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2005 Audi RS4

2005 Audi RS4

After a long hiatus, the second generation RS4, now built on Audi’s "B7" A4 platform, became available to European customers in the Summer of 2005, and will arrive in the Spring of 2006 in North America. Price is roughly 66,629 Euro, $78,000 USD or £48,000 GBP.

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