But what’s it going to look like when the camouflage finally comes down? Thanks to Kolesa and designer Nikita Chuiko, we have what seems to be a pretty accurate answer to that question.
On the outside, the entire family of A4 will get modifications to the rear end, with the rowdy estate to feature a set of new LED taillights, similar to those found on the latest Audi A6 Avant. The front meanwhile will come with new headlights, a fresh bumper and a new three-dimensional grille, like the one on the Q8 crossover.
Same imposing stance
The overall aesthetic of the RS4 isn’t going to change much, if at all. Even with camouflage on, the prototype spotted by our spy photographers doesn’t look any more imposing than the model it’s set to replace, either towards the end of the year or in early 2020.
Still, the new headlights and more menacing grille give it a fresh new vibe, while the taillights should help it stand out more, especially from a distance – thanks to the differentiated graphics.
As for performance, if Audi will keep the 2.9-liter twin turbocharged V6 engine’s power and peak torque output as is, that means that the 2020 RS4 Avant will put down the same 450 PS (444 HP) and 600 Nm (443 lb-ft) as its predecessor. In a straight line, this engine helps the German sports executive family wagon reach 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 4.1 seconds, before maxing out at 280 km/h (174 mph).
Will it come to the USA?
Audi is planning to re-introduce it’s non-allroad wagons to America, but so far, it has stayed away from confirming any specific models. For what it’s worth, when asked last year about introducing RS Avants, Filip Brabec, Vice President of product management for Audi of America, told reporters: “We always look at potential new opportunities in the market. It’s a niche to explore. We keep holding discussions. Keep writing us letters.” So fingers crossed…