► New Audi RS4 Avant
► Uses V6 from RS5
► First RS4 in China, too
If you could only have one car for the rest of your life, would this would be one of the top contenders? This is the new Audi RS4 Avant – Ingolstadt’s fresh-out-of-the-box hot estate.
Audi’s new RS4 is among the brand’s new stars at the 2017 Frankfurt motor show and will arrive in showrooms across Europe from early 2018.
How fast are we talking, then?
The 2.9-litre twin-turbo V6 (already in use in the RS5 Coupe) pushes out 443bhp and 443lb ft, and can wind the new RS4 up to 62mph in just 4.1 seconds. Top speed is limited to 155mph, but you can push it up to 174mph with the RS4’s optional ‘RS dynamic’ pack.
As you’d expect from a hot Audi, all of that shove is sent to all four wheels through an eight-speed tiptronic automatic. A sports rear differential is part of the options list.
The RS4 has standard sports suspension, which makes it sit 7mm lower than a regular A4 Avant and Audi’s Drive Select driving mode system is standard. For a bit of extra poise, you can specify Dynamic Ride Control for the suspension, ceramic brakes and sportier steering.
Crikey… It looks suitably angry, too
Indeed. Audi claims that it took design inspiration from the 90 quattro IMSA GTO (which you can admire in our Best Audi Sport cars gallery), so there are huge air inlets and carbonfibre-effect sills at the front end.
The wheelarches are wider and, at the rear, the huge diffuser set into the bumper is accompanied by hefty oval tailpipes and a roof spoiler.
Still a family car, though…
The boot is still huge and there’s a decent amount of rear space in the back, but the interior has had a bit of an RS makeover. There are beefy sports seats, a flat-bottomed steering wheel and can be optionally trimmed in carbonfibre and aluminium.
Audi’s Virtual Cockpit is standard, and like the RS3 and RS5, has specific Audi Sport graphics.
When can I get one?
You can order one ‘from the fall onward’, according to Audi with deliveries starting in early 2018. On the continent, it’s priced at €79,800, which translates into roughly £72k in Blighty.
Check out our Audi RS5 review