Audi unwraps 4th-gen Audi RS 4 Avant at 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show

Article by Christian A., on September 13, 2017

Audi signaled the official return of the Audi RS 4 Avant by unveiling the fourth generation of the high-performance sedan at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show. With a starting price of EUR79,800, the new 2018 Audi RS 4 Avant fuses dynamic high performance with everyday usability.

Audi will open the order book for the new RS 4 Avant in the fall, with the first units set to arrive at dealers in Germany and Europe in the first months of 2018.

Exterior Design

The exterior design of the fourth-generation Audi RS 4 Avant is inspired especially by the Audi 90 quattro IMSA GTO. The new Audi RS 4 Avant boasts of a front end marked by a wide, flat Singleframe grille as well as large air inlets with the RS honeycomb structure.

The grille is flanked by sporty headlights, which could be specified as Matrix LED units with tinted bezels. Meanwhile, the rear of the RS 4 Avant is marked by RS roof edge spoiler, RS-specific diffuser insert and oval tailpipes of the RS exhaust system.

Meanwhile, the wheel arches of the new RS 4 Avant are wider (by 30 mm or 1.2 inches) than those of the A4 Avant, and even features quattro blisters. It rides on standard 19-inch forged aluminum wheels or on optional 20-inch rims. The new Audi RS 4 Avant could be finished in the Nogaro blue pearl exterior color – from the Audi exclusive program – that pays tribute to the first generation of the Avant in 1999.

Interior Design

On the other hand, the new Audi RS 4 Avant boasts of a black cabin, which has the Audi virtual cockpit and HUD (head-up display) that features RS-specific displays showing the g-forces, tire pressures and torque.

RS emblems are found on the RS sport seats and the flat-bottomed RS leather multifunction sport steering wheel as well as on the illuminated door sill trims and the shift gate.

Audi is also offering a number of styling packages like: gloss black; carbon with aluminum attachments; and carbon with black attachments. Customers who see it fit to further personalize their rides could approach the Audi exclusive program.


Weighing just 1,790 kilograms (3,946.3 lbs.), the new Audi RS 4 Avant is around 80 kilograms (176.4 lbs) lighter than its predecessor.

Serving as the core of the new Audi RS 4 Avant is a 2.9-liter V6 TFSI biturbo engine that could deliver 331 kW (450 hp) of max output and 600 Nm (442.5 lb.-ft.) of peak torque available between 1,900 rpm and 5,000 rpm. This engine is powerful enough to make the new RS 4 Avant accelerate from zero to 100 km/h (62.1 mph) in just 4.1 seconds, on the way to a top speed of 250 km/h (155.3 mph)

. The optional RS dynamic package brings up the top speed to 280 km/h (174.0 mph). Power is sent to all wheels (permanent all-wheel drive) through an eight-speed tiptronic transmission with optimized gear changing. A rear sport differential is optional.

In terms of average efficiency, the RS 4 Avant consumes 8.8 liters per 100 kilometers (26.7 US mpg) and emits 199 grams of carbon dioxide per kilometer.

Press Release

Return of the RS icon: the new Audi RS 4 Avant

Audi Sport GmbH celebrates the world debut of the new Audi RS 4 Avant (combined fuel consumption in l/100 km: 8.8; combined CO2 emissions in g/km: 200-199*) at the IAA 2017. It combines high performance with tremendous everyday usability. Its 2.9 TFSI engine with 331 kW (450 hp) and 600 Nm of torque makes it the sporty vanguard of the A4 family. The standard quattro drive distributes the power of the V6 biturbo to all four wheels.
“The Audi RS 4 Avant is our RS icon with an incomparable history,” commented Stephan Winkelmann, Managing Director of Audi Sport GmbH. “In common with all our RS models, it blends immense power output with superlative everyday utility. In China, the Audi RS 4 will provide fresh impetus for growth as the only high-performance Avant in its segment.”

Roof edge spoiler creates distinctive rear end
When creating the fourth generation of the Audi RS 4 Avant, the designers took inspiration from many motorsport details of the Audi 90 quattro IMSA GTO. Massive air inlets with typical RS honeycomb structure and the wide, flat Singleframe grille define the front end. The optional Matrix LED headlights display tinted bezels. Compared to the Audi A4 Avant, the wheel arches are 30 millimeters (1.2 in) wider and are given added emphasis by the quattro blisters. At the rear end, the RS-specific diffuser insert, the oval tailpipes of the RS exhaust system and the RS roof edge spoiler make for a distinctive look. The exterior color Nogaro blue, pearl effect available optionally from Audi exclusive recalls the first generation of the high-performance Avant from 1999. The new Audi RS 4 Avant travels on 19-inch forged aluminum wheels as standard; 20-inch wheels are available as an option.

From 0 to 100 km/h (62.1 mph) in 4.1 seconds, RS sport suspension and Audi drive select as standard
The V6 biturbo develops 331 kW (450 hp) in the new Audi RS 4 Avant. Its peak torque of 600 Nm (442.5 lb-ft) – 170 Nm (125.4 lb-ft) more than the previous model – is available across a broad engine speed range from 1,900 to 5,000 rpm. It is key to how the Audi RS 4 is able to sprint from 0 to 100 km/h (62.1 mph) in 4.1 seconds. The top speed is 250 km/h (155.3 mph). With the optional RS dynamic package, the top speed increases to 280 km/h (174.0 mph).

The power of the 2.9 TFSI biturbo is supplied to the permanent all-wheel drive via a sportily configured eight-speed tiptronic with optimized gear changing. Audi also offers an optional rear sport differential. Average fuel consumption is 8.8 liters per 100 kilometers (26.7 US mpg) (199 grams of CO2 per kilometer [320.3 g/mi]). That is an efficiency gain of 17 percent over the previous model. The new Audi RS 4 Avant weighs 1,790 kilograms (3,946.3 lb) 80 kilograms (176.4 lb) less than previously.

The standard-fit RS sport suspension sets the Audi RS 4 Avant another seven millimeters (0.3 in) lower than the A4 basic model with sport suspension. By way of equipment options, there are RS sport suspension plus with Dynamic Ride Control (DRC), ceramic brakes and RS-specific dynamic steering. Drivers can define their own individual personal driving experience using the standard dynamic handling system Audi drive select.

Interior with sophisticated materials and digital racing-style cockpit
The black interior underscores the sporty character of the Audi RS 4 Avant. The RS sport seats with optional honeycomb pattern, the flat-bottomed RS leather multifunction sport steering wheel, the shift gate and the illuminated door sill trims are all adorned with the RS emblem. In the Audi virtual cockpit and head-up display, RS-specific displays indicate the g-forces, tire pressures and torque. The styling packages gloss black, carbon with aluminum attachments and carbon with black attachments provide further scope for customization. The Audi exclusive program covers just about any other special request.

The Audi RS 4 Avant can be ordered from the fall onward, before arriving at dealers in Germany and other European countries from the start of 2018. The basic price will be EUR 79,800.

Source: Audi

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