Frankfurt IAA: The New Audi RS 4 Avant


Do you want the good news or the bad news first? It’s hard to deny the excitement of a new Audi RS 4 Avant. RS cars started in the form of wagons, and the super estate car remains first and foremost an Audi domain. Yes others do it, but there’s something special in the air when Audi reveals a new one. Make that new one based on the smaller and lighter B9 A4 chassis and using the fire-breathing biturbo V6 of the RS 5 and it’s hard to look away. That’s obviously all fantastic, but there’s a catch… and in this case, that catch may not be hard to guess.

Alas, the only spoilers are the ones on the car. America has never gotten an RS 4 Avant. Yes, it got the B7 RS 4 with the R8’s high-revving V8, but only as a sedan. That was the only time Audi ever did a sedan version of the RS 4, and of course we only ever got that. Thanks sedan-loving marketplace!

It’s not like the RS 5 is a consolation. A coupe is spectacular for performance fiends, and the idea of the rumored RS 5 Sportback is very exciting indeed. Even still, Audiphiles love wagons and this wagon in particular. Rumor is Audi of America fought hard to make this one happen, but it’s basically been confirmed it won’t happen this time around. American product planners continue to fight the good fight, and while we suspect there may eventually be an RS station wagon in the USA, it won’t be this car from what we can tell.

So why is the Audi Club North America spreading the news on a European product? For starters, we’re all fans here, and the car’s unobtainium status isn’t reason enough to ignore it. Further, we’re guessing there are plenty of rabid owners of B9 A4s and allroads who are already sizing up this car in order to figure out what parts might fit to their own federalized automobiles. In as much, we’re posting it all here, with full press release and photo gallery below.

source: Audi AG

Audi Sport GmbH celebrates the world debut of the new Audi RS 4 Avant (combined fuel consumption in l/100 km: 8.8; combined CO2 emissions in g/km: 200-199*) at the IAA 2017. It combines high performance with tremendous everyday usability. Its 2.9 TFSI engine with 331 kW (450 hp) and 600 Nm of torque makes it the sporty vanguard of the A4 family. The standard quattro drive distributes the power of the V6 biturbo to all four wheels.