Audi RS4 Avant and RWD R8 GT are expected to debut at 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show

Article by Christian A., on August 30, 2017

A lot of us are very excited for the upcoming 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show scheduled to take place in a few weeks. We’re all psyched up to see what cars will debut, which concepts we will see, and what surprises will be in store for us. Here is one thing though, reports suggest that Audi may have something very exciting for the IAA. It’s perfectly timed too as this show is organized to happen only once every two years, alternating with the Paris Motor Show.

There have been earlier news which said that Audi will finally be introducing the production version of the RS4 Avant as a replacement for the RS5 Coupe. Both models come with the same biturbocharged 2.9 liter V6 engine, giving out as much as 450 horsepower and 443 pound feet (600 Newton metres) of torque, paired with an eight speed automatic that gives power to the Quattro all-wheel-drive setup - just like the first ever RS5 Sportback.

Since they will be carrying the same engine, expect the RS4 Avant to perform just like its two-door sibling, except it might take a little longer when doing the 0 to 62 mile per hour sprint) 100 kilometers per hour because of its weight. The RS5 Coupe does the sprint in 3.9 seconds, so the RS4 Avant may hit 62 mph in 4 or 4.1 seconds, before hitting a top speed of 155 miles per hour (250 kilometers per hour). This can be pushed even further to a maximum of 174 mph (280 kph) with the dynamic package.

Apart from the RS4 Avant, Audi is rumoured to also release an R8 GT with a powerful V10 engine that will have a rear-wheel drive layout. This should not be a surprise to many considering that this had already been hinted by Stephan Winklemann, Audi Sport CEO. He also said that future models could focus on the two-wheel drive route. This model is one of the reasons why the company used Quattro to replace “Audi Sport”, indicating that not all RS models need to have an AWD setup.

The very first R8 GT, if you could remember, came out as a limited run model with only 333 units made. This featured a lot of power, and a noticeable weight loss because of its carbon fiber components. This was later followed by a limited edition Spyder that was released later on, and was also limited to 333 units as well.

We expect Audi to reveal a new midsize electric vehicle with batteries and autonomous driving capabilities as well at next month’s event, along with the Q2 baby crossover, and a 272 horsepower SQ2 variant.

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