Audi has confirmed the pricing for its much-awaiting Audi RS 4 Avant model, the deliveries of which will start in the autumn. The third generation Audi RS 4 Avant could be purchased at £54,925 on-the-road price, just the right value for a vehicle that epitomizes practicality and power. The Audi RS 4 Avant is powered by a naturally aspirated V8 engine that could provide up to 450 PS of power at 8,250 rpm, and have a maximum torque of 430 Nm between 4,000 and 6,000 rpm. This power output allows the Audi RS 4 Avant to accelerate from zero to 62 mph in just 4.7 seconds and reach a top speed of 155 mph, which could be tweaked to reach 174mph if needed. Power is transmitted to the wheels through a standard seven-speed S tronic transmission.
Despite its power, the Audi RS 4 Avant is still able to squeeze a decent mileage of 26.4mpg combined. Just like the typical Audi RS model, the Audi RS 4 Avant features quattro permanent all-wheel drive, which is augmented by the advanced crown-gear centre differential and the sports rear differential, allowing smooth torque transfer between the front and rear axles and the left and right rear wheels. In normal conditions, the car operates in a 40:60 split. However, up to 70 percent and 85 percent of power could be channelled to the front and rear wheels respectively if the situation deems it necessary.
The Audi RS 4 Avant features a torque vectoring system that acts on all four wheels and works with the self-locking crown gear differential to improve power management. The vehicle’s Electronic Stability Control (ESC) offers a Sport mode and can be fully deactivated for circuit use.
Audi RS 4 Avant’s chassis features a five-link set-up at the front as well as a self-tracking trapezoidal-link rear assembly. The lowered chassis is complemented by a speed-dependent electromechanical power steering with a direct steering ratio that allows drivers to feel a sense of precision. The set-up helps a driver remain on the road just by making slight steering corrections when braking on surfaces with different levels of grip.
The Audi RS 4 Avant is further complemented by 19-inch, ten-spoke forged aluminium wheels wrapped in 265/35-series tyres. The vehicle’s large, internally-ventilated wave brake discs with eight-piston callipers give the Audi RS 4 Avant enough stopping power when the driver hits the brakes. The discs come with friction rings that help cut weight by three kilograms, thus improving the balance of unsprung masses.