Pricing for the all-new, third generation Audi RS 4 Avant will start in the UK at £54,925 OTR before buyers check any options, with first customer deliveries to begin in the autumn.
The RS4 is available exclusively as a station wagon and is powered by a high-revving, naturally aspirated V8 engine that generates 444hp (450PS) at 8,250 rpm and peak torque of 317 lb-ft (430Nm) between 4,000 and 6,000 rpm.
A standard seven-speed S tronic dual-clutch transmission transfers powers to all four wheels via Audi's quattro system with the German carmaker quoting a 0 to 62 mph (100km/h) sprint time of 4.7 seconds and a governed top speed of 155 mph (250km/h), which can be increased to 174 mph (280km/h) if required.
Audi says the new RS4 Avant delivers an average fuel economy of 26.4mpg UK.
Among other features offered as standard are the 19-inch forged alloy wheels with with 265/35-series tyres, power adjustable (front only) sport seats covered in a combination of black leather and Alcantara, a DVD-based satellite navigation, Bluetooth mobile phone preparation, cruise control and Audi Music Interface iPod connection.
Available options include carbon fibre-ceramic brake discs and a new £2,250 Sport Package that adds the Dynamic Ride Control (DRC) system, 20-inch wheels and a sports exhaust system.