Audi has introduced its third-generation RS 4, and the vehicle arrives in Avant form. The
wagon is powered by the 4.2 litre V8 as found on the RS 5, with 450 hp at 8,250 rpm and 430 Nm from 4,000 to 6,000 rpm being the main numbers.

Performance figures are a 0-100 km/h time of 4.7 seconds and a governed top speed of 250 km/h, which can be increased to 280 km/h upon request. The mill is mated to a seven-speed S tronic transmission, with quattro permanent all-wheel drive – replete with self-locking crown-gear center differentialon – on call.

Going the RS route lowers the body by 20 mm, compared with the A4 Avant, with a sport suspension plus with dynamic ride control (DRC) – in which oil lines and a central valve connect diagonally-opposed pairs of shock absorbers – available as an option. The variable damping system has a choice of three settings, all selectable via Audi drive select, which comes as standard fitment.

The car also features dynamic steering, which varies its steering ratio by nearly 100% depending on the speed and which automatically countersteers slightly at the cornering limit for more precise and stable handling. Meanwhile, the ESP stabilisation system has a Sport mode and can be fully deactivated.

Exterior design cues include a matte aluminium finish for the hexagonal single-frame front grille’s frame, while the honeycomb insert is done in high-gloss anthracite, and the LED daytime running lights encircling the wedge-shaped xenon plus units are arranged in a clasp-shaped pattern.

Other elements include flared wheel wells and side mirror housings/trim strips in a matte aluminium finish. At the back, items include a discrete roof spoiler and a dual exhaust system with its two oval tailpipe caps integrated into an upturned diffuser. If that’s not enough, there’s an optional sport exhaust system with a more voluminous sound and black caps.

The RS 4 version wears new, polished 19-inch, ten-spoke forged aluminum wheels wrapped with 265/35 series rubbers as standard. There’s a 20-inch titanium-look, five-V-spoke design (with 265/30 profile tyres) as an option, along with two additional variants in the five-arm rotor design.

The brake system’s calipers are painted high-gloss black, with the eight-pot units in the front sporting RS logos. As standard, the car wears 365 mm front discs, but a 380 mm carbon fibre ceramic disc system, along with six-piston calipers in anthracite gray, is an option.

The all-black interior features a mix of chrome, brushed matte aluminium and carbon for accents – the pedals, footrest, air vents, steering wheel shift paddles, MMI buttons are among those dressed in an aluminium-look finish, with RS 4-badged aluminum inserts adorning the door sill trims as well.

The standard sport seats are done in a combination of black leather and Alcantara, with bucket seats or luxurious, climate-controlled deluxe ventilated seats as an option for the car, which will be available in eight external colours when it begins shipping to customers in the fall.