“Combining consistent sportiness with unlimited everyday usability may seem like an unconventional idea to some, but to us, the high-performance Avant is one of the best concepts of our 25-year history,” says Oliver Hoffmann, Managing Director of Audi Sport GmbH. “As our long-standing bestseller, the Audi RS 4 Avant contributes significantly to the success of Audi Sport GmbH.”
Muscular: the exterior design
The front section of the RS 4 Avant has been completely redesigned. The Singleframe is wider and flatter compared to the base model. Just like its big RS brothers, the RS 6 Avant and the RS 7 Sportback, the RS 4 Avant also features the three-dimensional honeycomb structure in gloss black that is typical for the RS model series. To give it a clean look, the Singleframe is designed without a frame. The new eggcrate grille with the RS 4 emblem is inserted directly into the bumper with the large lateral air inlets and vertical flaps. The LED headlights have been redesigned and the optional matrix LED headlights with darkened bezels complete the revised appearance of the high-performance Avant. Gloss black design elements positioned right next to the headlights underline the effect of width.
The gloss black, matt aluminium and carbon styling packages add individual accents to the inlay in the sill, the exterior mirror housings and the front and rear bumpers. Upon request, the gloss black and carbon styling packages also include the Audi rings and the RS logo in black on the front and rear. The optional RS sport exhaust system with black tailpipe trims creates a particularly sporty sound experience.
Full tractive power: the drive
With the 2.9 TFSI twin-turbo V6, Audi Sport GmbH is building on the legendary 2.7 litre V6 of the first RS 4 Avant from 1999. Back then, the twin-turbo V6 had a power output of 279 kW (380 metric hp). The new RS 4 Avant now outputs 331 kW (450 metric hp), which equals an output of 155.5 metric hp per litre. This allows the RS 4 Avant to accelerate from zero to 100 km/h (62.1 mph) in just 4.1 seconds. The TFSI engine weighs just 182 kilograms (401.2 lb), which is 31 kilograms (68.3 lb) less than the V8 engine in the predecessor model from 2012. This benefits the gross weight and the axle load distribution—two prerequisites for the impressive performance.
The power of the 2.9 TFSI flows to the quattro permanent all-wheel drive system via the sporty eight-speed tiptronic. In regular driving, the system delivers more power to the rear axle. Its purely mechanical centre differential directs 60 percent of the torque to the rear axle and 40 percent to the front. If undesired slip occurs at one axle, most of the power is automatically and rapidly redirected to the other axle—up to 70 percent to the front or up to 85 percent to the rear axle. The high locking values enable a clearly defined torque distribution and highly precise interaction with the control systems of the ESC and wheel-selective torque control.
Connected cockpit: the interior
The Audi RS 4 Avant features a stylish black interior, with LED light guides, in 30 different colours that trace the contours of the doors and the centre console. The horizontal alignment of the instrument panel creates a sense of spaciousness.The driver and front passenger are welcomed by the illuminated door sill trims that bear the RS 4 logo. Upon request, the RS design package adds some colour to the interior, with the RS logo featured on the centre console, the armrests, seat belts and floor mats. The steering wheel, selector lever and knee pads are all covered with Alcantara with red contrasting stitching.
The 10.1-inch MMI touch display is the control centre of the new operating system. The touch-sensitive screen displays a high-resolution graphic animation of an RS 4 Avant to welcome the driver. The MMI touch display provides acoustic feedback and takes over the functions of the previous rotary pushbutton on the centre console. In the Audi virtual cockpit, special RS displays provide information on tire pressure, torque, power output, engine oil temperature, lap timings, acceleration measurements and g-forces.
Versatile: The equipment
The RS 4 Avant provides the same level of everyday usability as the A4 Avant base model. The luggage compartment has a capacity of 495 litres, which increases to 1,495 litres (52.8 cu ft) with the rear seats folded down and cargo loaded to the roof. The luggage compartment lid and the luggage compartment cover are electrically operated as standard. Sensor control for opening and closing the luggage compartment lid is available as an option, and a trailer towing hitch that can be unlocked electrically at the push of a button is also available upon request.
Upon request, the RS 4 assists the driver in many situations: More than 30 driver assist systems underline the all-round characteristics of the high-performance Avant. The options are summarised in the “tour” and “city” packages. They include the adaptive cruise assist with stop & go function for automatic distance control, the intersection assist, the lane change warning or the curb warning.
Customers of the RS 4 Avant can select from eight paint colours, including the new plain colour Turbo blue and the new metallic colour Tango red. The Audi exclusive program also includes many more customised paint finishes, for example Nogaro blue, pearl effect. This colour already characterised the RS 2 Avant as the legendary forefather of all RS models back in 1994.