2018 Audi RS4 Avant Has 450 Horses, Does 0-100km/h In 4.1Sec

After dropping the veils off the limited edition R8 V10 RWS last night, Audi has now presented the new generation RS4 Avant, at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show.

Motivation comes from a 2.9-liter TFSI biturbo V6 engine that makes 450PS (444hp) and 600Nm (443lb-ft) of torque, pushed to the Quattro all-wheel drive system through a revised 8-speed automatic transmission, with optimized gear changing.

The 0 to 100km/h (62mph) sprint takes just 4.1 seconds, and top speed is electronically limited to 250km/h (155mph), but can be increased to 280km/h (174mph), with the optional RS Dynamic Package.

By comparison, it’s 0.1sec faster than the Mercedes-AMG C63 Estate, which carries a twin-turbo V8 engine, married to a 7-speed gearbox.

Despite the impressive output and performance, the all-new Audi RS4 Avant is said to return an average fuel consumption of just 8.8 l/100 km (32.1 mpg UK / 26.73 mpg US), and to emit 199 g/km of CO2, in an efficiency gain of 17 percent, compared to its predecessor. Ingolstadt’s new super wagon is also 80kg (176lbs) lighter than the car it replaces, as it tips the scale at 1,790kg (3,946lbs).

When equipped with the standard RS sport suspension, the RS4 Avant sits 7mm (0.3in) lower than the basic A4 model with sport suspension. It can also be equipped with the optional Dynamic Ride Control, ceramic brakes, and RS-specific dynamic steering, with drivers able to define their own experience by using the standard dynamic handling system Audi Drive Select.

Audi’s designers took inspiration from the 90 Quattro IMSA GTO when sketching the fourth-generation RS4 Avant, which gets the typical honeycomb structure in the massive air inlets, specific singleframe grille, and 30mm (1.2in) wider wheel arches compared to the regular A4 Avant.

At the rear end, the car has an RS diffuser insert, oval tailpipes and roof edge spoiler, while the 19-inch standard or 20-inch optional wheels and Nogaro Blue exterior color, which recalls the first-gen Avant from 1999, round up the list of exterior updates.

Opening the door reveals the sport seats with optional honeycomb pattern, flat-bottomed sport steering wheel wrapped in leather, and RS-specific displays in the Audi Virtual Cockpit. There’s also a head-up display that indicates G-forces, tire pressures, and torque. The new RS4 also gets the RS emblem on different surfaces, and can ultimately be customized to suite each driver’s taste, through the brand’s Exclusive program.

Audi will open the order books for the new RS4 Avant this fall, as prices will start from €79,800 ($95,674) in Germany, and £61,625 ($81,235) in the United Kingdom.


  • Bash

    What a great car, but -i wonder- Is there really a demand for a (station wagon)/ not to mention for such a high performance one!

    • Vassilis

      Germans love it!

      • trentbg

        Not only Germans, I would love to have one in the US.

      • alexxx

        True…when I visited Germany thought half of their cars were station wagons….

    • TheHake

      Europe. Over here station wagons outsell sedans 3:1.

    • Benjamin B.

      Yes, a 444hp station wagon is cool enough for the USA.

      • Bash

        For you maybe, not necessarily for everybody, me as well.

  • Vassilis

    Holy shit this is good! Interesting though that it’s as quick to 62 as the RS3.

    • Zandit75

      Only 50 extra HP, but no doubt a lot heavier than the RS3.



  • jez zza

    looking really good in and out… There are definitely leading the pack when it comes to the interior .. on the other hand, alloys are horrendous! New alloys should definitely be on the top of the “Mod list” for new buyers … another negative for me is the engine. I understand the decision that led to drop the V8 to a V6 but it sound dull (RS5).. I personally would pick the C63s estate over the RS4

    • TheHake

      That C63 sounds mighty nice…

  • Hockeyman

    Yes please!

  • Facebook User

    Great estate car. I am not so keen on Audi SUVs but their hatchbacks, sedans and estates are super !

    • TheHake

      There’s nothing quite like a fast Audi avant!

  • Smashing!!

  • Auf Wiedersehen

    I’d own one….

  • Kaisuke971

    Really nice ! I still think they should’ve given the V6 a bit more power though, we’ve seen that the RS5 just about keeps up, and for a car that’s launched towards the end of the life cycle of most of its competitors that’s not a good look

  • Tinky-Winky

    Good guy Audi, keeps making high performance station wagons.

  • An Existing Person

    I’d love any RS badged Avant from Audi, but it’s too bad there isn’t a demand for them here in the US. I guess i’ll have to hope Audi decides to make an RS4 or RS6 sedan for them to even consider the US market.

  • exeptor

    I hope it will drives as B7 RS4.

  • Tumbi Mtika

    Ehhh? Same amount of power, only downsized. And only .1 second faster to 60.

    I don’t know…

  • fabri99

    There’s a lot to like here.

  • Kash

    those LED’s make this one of the most aggressive looking cars on the market and I absolutely love it!

  • Six_Tymes

    big time.

  • Honda NSX-R

    …and it won’t come to the US!

  • TheBelltower

    Is Audi every going to increase the output of their S and RS cars? These HP numbers haven’t changed substantially since the early 2000’s.

  • xDRAN0x

    Awesome car spoiled by ugly wheels again

  • SteersUright

    Will the USA get any sort of RS4 sedan? Seems all the development work has already been done.

  • Merc1

    What a good looking wagon. The RS4 Wagon, RS5 Coupe, S5 Coupe, Convertible, RS7 and R8 are all winners from Audi. Now lets get the RS5 Sportback and RS5 Cabriolet out.


  • KidRed

    Audi continues to kill it. What a beautiful car.

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