The 2018 Audi RS4 Avant debuts at Frankfurt

The return of an iconic sport wagon

The fourth generation Audi RS 4 Avant has finally been debuted at the 2017 Frankfurt auto show in immediately recognizable Nogaro blue, a tribute to the first generation model in 1999.

“The Audi RS 4 Avant is our RS icon with an incomparable history,” commented Stephan Winkelmann, managing director of Audi Sport GmbH. “In common with all our RS models, it blends immense power output with superlative everyday utility.”

Taking cues from the Audi 90 quattro IMSA GTO, massive air inlets with the RS honeycomb structure and the wide, flat grille project a striking front end for the RS 4 Avant. The rear has an RS specific diffuser, complemented by the RS exhaust system’s oval tailpipes, with a roof spoiler bringing the aggressive look together. The new Audi RS 4 Avant rides on 19-inch forged aluminum wheels as standard; 20-inch wheels are available as an option. The new RS 4 Avant weighs in at 1,790 kilograms, 80 kilograms less than the outgoing model.

On the inside, The RS 4 Avant has sport seats with an optional honeycomb pattern, a flat-bottomed RS leather multifunction sport steering wheel, and a shift gate and illuminated door sill trims adorned with the RS emblem. The interior is a combination of gloss black and carbon with aluminum attachments or carbon with black attachments. The Audi virtual cockpit display is present and indicates driving information and different choices by the driver, such as the g-forces, tire pressures, and torque.

With a 0 to 100kph time of 4.1 seconds, the new RS 4 Avant screams performance, powered by a 2.9-liter V6 biturbo that is good for 444bhp and 442.5 lb/ft of torque. A wide torque spread from 1,900 to 5,000 rpm means power is always on tap. Top speed is 250kph, with the optional RS dynamic package bumping it up to 280kph. The power of the 2.9 TFSI biturbo is supplied to the permanent all-wheel drive via an eight-speed tiptronic transmission. Audi also offers a rear sport differential enabling torque division between the rear wheels for enhanced handling adjustability. The standard-fit RS sport suspension sets the Audi RS 4 Avant another seven millimetres lower than the standard A4 with sport suspension. RS sport suspension plus with Dynamic Ride Control (DRC) is available as an option, as are ceramic brakes and RS-specific dynamic steering. Drivers can define their own individual personal driving experience using the standard dynamic handling system called Audi drive select.