Audi reveals 174mph RS4 Avant at Frankfurt

Audi reveals 174mph RS4 Avant at Frankfurt

Audi reveals 174mph RS4 Avant at Frankfurt

Massive air inlets with typical RS honeycomb structure and the wide, flat Singleframe grille define the front end. 20-inch alloy wheels are optional, along with dozens of colours, upholstery finishes, interior inlays and other extras. Matching the headlamps, the LED rear lights are flanked by vents leading from those swollen rear wheelarches.

Although a big V8 engine added to the appeal of the outgoing vehicle, the latest RS4's transition to V6 power shouldn't leave performance enthusiasts feeling short-changed.

The latest bearer of the RS badge combines everyday usability with exceptional performance from a V6 biturbo 2.9 TFSI engine delivering 450bhp and 600Nm of torque via standard quattro drive.

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That all adds up to promisingly appealing performance, with 62mph hit in just 4.1 seconds and on to 174mph (if you shell out for Audi to take off the restrictor by opting for the Dynamic Package), and economy improved (at least officially) to 32.1mpg. A rear sport differential enabling torque division between the rear wheels for enhanced handling adjustability, will be standard on United Kingdom the model.

All of the power is channelled through an eight-speed automatic transmission, ditching the old dual-clutch auto, and feeding into an all-wheel drive system. With up to 32.1mpg and emissions as low as 199g per kilometre of Carbon dioxide possible meanwhile, it's - on paper at least - much more efficient than the old vehicle.

The RS 4 Avant sits 7mm lower than the A4 with sport suspension, owing to the standard RS Sport suspension in the new auto.

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Further helping the new RS4 in the handling stakes is a drop in weight.

Other tricks up the B9's sleeve include an optional rear sport differential, optional RS Sport Suspension Plus with Dynamic Ride Control, optional ceramic brakes and optional Dynamic Steering. The driver sits behind a flat-bottomed steering wheel adorned with the RS emblem - also seen on the gearshift gate and illuminated door sill trims.

In the Audi virtual cockpit and head-up display, RS-specific displays indicate the g-forces, tire pressures and torque. A price tag in the region of £70,000 is expected when it arrives in the UK.

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