The new Audi RS4 Avant is super performance estate in the Audi range, and is fitted with a 4.2-litre V8 engine, Audi’s famous Quattro 4-Wheel-system as well as a seven-speed twin-clutch gearbox.
The RS4 Avant is considered as the ‘flagship model’ of the Audi range
The 4.2-litre V8 produces 443bhp and is the fastest as well as being the most powerful Audi RS4 available and is capable sprinting form 0-100 kmh in 4.7 seconds achieving a top speed of 280 kmh.
The Avant’s ‘launch control’ system provides superior traction and a quicker getaway.
Under the skin, the RS4 Avant shares much of its components with the RS5.
The 4.2-litre V8 engine proves that Audi can most definitely duel with BMW’s M division when it comes to high-revving engines, an objective rendered futile by M’s embracing of turbo-charged engines.
Throttle response is extremely quick even at low rpm, and the power develops in an absolutely linear manner and the sound of the engine is intoxicating, silky, and there’s a brief and vicious bark on downshifts.
Incorporated into the RS4 design are ‘flared arches’ and with strategically placed air intakes, with a twin-oval exhaust pipe and roof spoiler for the rear. The sporty design continues internally with padded/supportive sports seats and a flat-bottomed steering wheel.
The RS4 Avant’s only direct rival is the new generation BMW M3 sedan and the RS4’s 4.2 litre engine is mated to either a standard six-speed manual transmission or a seven-speed M Double Clutch transmission and is capable of sprinting to 0-100 kmh just 3.9 seconds with the seven-speed transmission or 4.1 seconds with the manual version.
Driving the RS4 Avant is most impressive and its ride quality is impressionable even on the hardest setting.
It’s is low but comfortable with room for five at a pinch and a large load space down the back.
The auto tailgate is as handy as the featured radar cruise control and convenience key that unlocks the car at a touch of the door handle. You can start the car using the dash button while keeping the key in your pocket.
Inside, the Audi RS4 Avant is nicely equipped, with a flat-bottom steering wheel and one of the industry’s better navigation and telematics systems.
The exterior treatment clearly conveys that the RS4 is the most powerful and assertive A4 variant—the RS adds huge air intakes up front, plus widened fenders.