I’ve had the pleasure of spending quite a bit of time with the Audi RS4 Avant – we even had The Versatile Gent logo strewn across one for a couple of months. The previous model, which we reviewed here, has been itching for a facelift and this week in Frankfurt the next generation was finally unveiled.
Unfortunately, we’ve lost one of the best sounding naturally aspirated V8s in the game, but that’s the only qualm I have because the new ones looks incredible. Replacing the V8 is a new 2.9-litre twin-turbocharged V6 engine, co developed with Porsche (so you know it’s going to be good!)
Like the RS6, the new Audi RS4 Avant will sport the word ‘Quattro’ across the base of the front grill and throw 331kW of power onto the road via all four wheels, getting it to 100km/h in a blistering 4.1 seconds.
If the Porsche developed engine isn’t enough to get you excited, the exterior of the car is sure to cause pointy pants. The wheel arches have been extended 30mm wider than the base A4, complemented by a new rear diffuser and Audi’s iconic oval exhaust pipes.
Smiling up front is an edgy new honeycomb grill with lashings of carbon and more vents than you can poke a stick ate, including alongside the LED headlights – which looks insane.
Inside, it’s clear Audi has taken a serious step from the previous generation with a luxurious overhaul, worthy of the car’s $150k price tag. There’s new sports seats, flat bottomed steering wheel, ‘Audi Sport’ welcome door light and an updated version of Audi’s virtual cockpit that can now be used to monitor g-forces, tire pressures, and torque.
Pricing for Australia has yet to be confirmed but the last model started at $151k so settle on that for the moment. It arrives in April and I’ll do my very best to get behind the wheel ASAP.