Audi RS4 (2018–)
- September 2017: Audi RS4 Avant unveiled
- September 2017: RS4 Carbon Edition introduced
- February 2020: Audi RS4 Avant Bronze Edition announced
- October 2020: Audi RS4 updated for 2020
Audi RS4 Avant unveiled
Opening for ordering in September 2017 priced at £61,625, the latest RS4 has a 2.9 TFSI engine delivering 450PS and 600Nm of torque via standard quattro drive.
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 millimetres 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 colour 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 rides on 19-inch forged aluminium wheels as standard while 20-inch wheels are available as an option.
The V6 biturbo develops 450PS in the new Audi RS 4 Avant. Its peak torque of 600 Nm – 170 Nm more than the previous model – is available across a broad engine speed range from 1900 to 5000 rpm. It is key to how the Audi RS 4 is able to sprint from 0 to 62mph in 4.1 seconds.
The top speed is 155mph. With the optional RS dynamic package, the top speed increases to 174mph. In the combined cycle test the RS 4 Avant is able to return up to 32.1mpg (199 grams of CO2 per kilometre) - an efficiency gain of 17 per cent over the previous model. The new Audi RS 4 Avant weighs 1,790 kilograms - 80 kilograms less than previously.
The power of the 2.9 TFSI biturbo is supplied to the permanent all-wheel drive via an eight-speed tiptronic with optimised ratios. Audi also offers a rear sport differential enabling torque division between the rear wheels for enhanced handling adjustability, and in the UK this feature is standard.
The standard-fit RS sport suspension sets the Audi RS 4 Avant another seven millimetres lower than the standard A4 with sport suspension. RS sport suspension plus with Dynamic Ride Control (DRC) is available as an option, as are 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.
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 which is standard in the UK, RS-specific displays indicate the g-forces, tyre pressures and torque. The styling packages gloss black, carbon with aluminium attachments and carbon with black attachments provide further scope for customisation. The Audi exclusive programme caters for just about any other special request.
RS4 Carbon Edition introduced
The new special editions, which will not be production limited, add motorsport-inspired Carbon Fibre Reinforced Polymer (CFRP) detailing. The RS 4 is priced at £71,625 OTR and will arrive in March 2018.
A matt aluminium finish for the radiator grille with its integral matt titanium quattro logo, for the window surrounds and for the front horizontal under-grille bar complement the carbon detailing, as do privacy glass and larger 20-inch ‘5-arm peak’ design alloy wheels in anthracite matt black, which replace the standard 19-inch design.
The surfacing and the milled slots in the sides of the spokes in these very special aluminium wheels can only be achieved through the use of a very intensive milling process that has until now been reserved only for models in the super sports category or those designed purely for competition use. Red brake callipers – another feature of the Carbon Edition upgrade – are visible through the front wheels.
Audi RS4 Avant Bronze Edition announced
Features Vesuvius Grey paint and black detailing with 20-inch bronze alloys. Limited to just 25 in the UK, priced from £82,395.
Audi RS4 updated for 2020
The RS4 Avant has been updated for 2020 with cosmetic tweaks and a new touchscreen infotainment system.
The front section of the new RS 4 Avant features a wider singleframe grille, while gloss black design elements next to the headlights emphasise the car's width. The wheel arches are 30mm wider than the standard A4.
Inside, a new 10.1-inch touchscreen display provides acoustic feedback and takes over the functions of the previous rotary pushbutton on the centre console. The driver can use the RS monitor to call up an overview of drive system component temperatures, maximum g-forces and information regarding tyre pressures and temperatures.
In the Audi virtual cockpit, special RS displays provide information on tyre pressure, torque, power output, engine oil temperature, lap timings, acceleration measurements and g-forces. The shift light display prompts the driver to upshift when the rev limit is reached.