Audi has announced it will sell the new V8 engine-powered RS4 in Avant form only, just like the original model that was launched in 2000. Audi plans to unveil the third and latest generation of the model at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show, slated on March 8 to 18, before rolling the RS4 Avant out to European retailers in mid-2012.
Although Audi has yet to announce whether to introduce the RS4 Avant in North America, there are indications that the sports compact, which is based on the same all-wheel-drive mechanical package used by the RS5 Coupe, would not be sold in the continent.
The company’s decision to produce the RS4 in Avant or wagon form is an offshoot of an earlier decision to expand the RS5 beyond the current single coupe model. Unlike the RS4 Avant, RS5 cabriolet and sportback models would be included in the carmaker’s North American line-up before the end of 2012, insiders revealed. The RS5 sportsback is set to occupy the spot of an earlier RS4 sedan as both carry a four-door lay-out.
The RS4 Avant features a series of refined but effective styling changes with a purposed of differentiating it from its A4 and S4 Avant brothers. RS4 Avant has a more prominent grille with a matte-aluminum frame and high-gloss black honeycomb insert. It also dons a unique LED imbued headlamps, a deeper front bumper with large air ducts for feeding cooling air to the engine as well as an integral splitter element for improved airflow along the underside of the car.
The RS4 Avant also carries the quattro division's signature aluminum-look exterior mirror housings, beefed-up sills underneath the doors and flared wheel arches, the rear features of which resemble the original Audi quattro. The sports compact also features a discreet spoiler atop the tailgate at the rear and a distinctive new rear bumper, which sports an integrated diffuser element and sizeable chromed oval tailpipes.