2012 Geneva Motor Show: Audi reveals third-generation RS 4 Avant

Article by Christian Andrei, on March 6, 2012

Audi is introducing the third-generation RS 4 Avant, a modern classic model from the automaker that combines high performance with great everyday practicality. It is fitted with a 4.2-liter V8 powerplant that generates 331 kW (450 hp) at 8,250 rpm for a specific output of 108.1 hp per liter. This engine is the same normally aspirated and high-revving V8 engine that runs the RS 5 Coupe. The Audi RS 4 Avant is scheduled to be delivered starting in fall this year in Germany, costing as low as €76,600.

From 4,000 to 6,000 rpm, the engine achieves its maximum torque of 430 Nm (317.15 lb-ft). The 4,163 cc engine enables the RS 4 Avant to accelerate to 100 km/h (62.14 mph) from a standstill in 4.7 seconds with a top speed of 250 km/h (155.34 mph).

Top speed of up to 280 km/h (173.98 mph) is also available upon request. The 4.2 FSI engine is hand-built at the automaker's Györ facility in Hungary. It boasts of having excellent efficiency, consuming not more than 11 liters of fuel per 100 km (21.38 U.S. mpg) on average. With the long top gear and high efficiency, the standard seven-speed S tronic is also responsible for the automobile's exemplary fuel economy. Drivers can enable the dual-clutch lightning-fast transmission shift automatically or change gears manually with the selector lever or the paddles found on the steering wheel. Drivers can also activate the Launch Control to obtain an explosive start. This control manages the engagement of the clutch at a minimum wheel slip and an optimum starting speed.

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