Audi’s RS 4 estate back with its big V8

Audi’s RS 4 estate back with its big V8Audi’s third generation RS 4 Avant will once again feature the muscle of a high-revving V8 combine.

The car, reviving the RS 4 line after a four-year gap, will be unveiled at next month’s Geneva show.

It should be on UK roads in September, in Avant (estate) form only.

Like other RS models the car contradicts its business-like looks with zero to 62mph in under five seconds, and a top speed capability of 174mph.

The same naturally-aspirated V8 as the RS 5 Coupe is employed in the newcomer, producing 443bhp at 8250 rpm and a maximum torque of 317lbft from 4000 to 6000 rpm.

This offers a 0 to 62mph time of 4.7 seconds and an electronically-limited 155mph top speed. The limiter can be removed making the car capable of 174mph. Combined cycle fuel economy is 25.7mpg.

Standard fit is the seven-speed S tronic, dual-clutch transmission with automatic shifts or manual changes using the selector lever or paddles on the steering wheel.

As with all Audi RS models, the RS 4 Avant comes with quattro permanent all-wheel drive. A new addition is the crown-gear central differential that can rapidly vary power distribution between front and rear axles, with up to 70 per cent bias to the front, or 85 per cent to the rear.

The options list includes Dynamic Ride Control, connecting diagonally-opposed pairs of dampers, giving greater stability and composure when at speed.

The car measures up at 20mm longer, 24mm wider and 20mm lower than the standard A4 Avant.

Pricings, specification details and open-for-ordering dates are still to be confirmed – industry observers expect the car to sell from around £55,000.

Words by: James Charman

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