Video: 2012 Audi RS4 Avant is a red mirage

Article by Christian A., on May 23, 2012

The new video of the 2012 Audi RS4 Avant is a huge improvement over its initial driving footage, which just didn’t have anything special. The new one has been recut and it has now been given a techno beat while engine noise is heard. In the new video, the RS4 Avant traverses twisting mountain roads. We also see close-ups of the car’s details such as its LED lights, set of 19-inch wheels, and 14.4-inch brake rotors.

The aural senses get more excited with the sonorous exhaust note from the 4.2-liter V-8, which is mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox. As a result, it has an output of 450 hp and 317 lb-ft of torque. Power is distributed to all four wheels via Audi’s Quattro all-wheel drive with a special torque-vectoring rear differential. Accelerating from zero to 62 mph takes less than five seconds.

Its top speed is 174 mph. When the seats are folded, it has a cargo area of 50.5 cubic feet similar to the regular A4 Avant. To differentiate the RS4 from lesser Avant models, it features a honeycomb grille, oval exhaust outlets, a flat-bottomed steering wheel, chrome-trimmed rear diffuser, and a revised lower front fascia that comes with gaping air intakes.

In addition, the 2013 RS4 Avant is positioned 0.8 inches lower with the use of a firmer, adjustable suspension. Audi seems to have gotten into the habit of using great editing and a techno beat to sell its products. Last winter, Audi did the same to its revised 2013 A5.

Audi comes standard with the drive select dynamics. Active steering, sport differentials, and sport suspension with Dynamic Ride Control (DRC) are available options. The last one is a pure hydraulic system with no lag, boasting switchable damping that uses drive select between auto, comfort, and dynamic.

The new RS4’s design embodies its active character. The wedged headlamps use xenon plus technology, and the LED day running lights have a slender brace. The wide single-frame grille’s upper corners taper. Sharp lines split the hood, and broad air inlets highlight the distinct front skirt. The rear lamps also use LED technology.

The sophisticated interior is entirely black with standard carbon inlays and optional aluminium, stainless steel meshing, or piano finish. The multifunction leather sporty steering wheel has a flat bottom, and the head restraints are joined into the S sport seat backs. How the rear seats are positioned will change luggage capacity from 490 to 1,430 litres (17.30 and 50.50 cu ft).

The new RS4 Avant’s control display and components, which include the MMI navigation plus option, excite with their clean and clear finish and ergonomics. There is also a wide offering of optional modern driver assistance and infotainment systems, such as Bang & Olufsen sound systems and Bluetooth online phones that provide customised Audi connect services.

RS4 will be available from fall 2012, starting at EUR76,600 in Germany.

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