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Here’s a fresh look at the new B9 Audi RS4 Avant in its near-production form. The previous set of RS4 spyshots were of a test mule that was tucked away under an S4’s skin, leaving very little to the imagination. Here, we finally get to see what its final form will appear like.

For starters, the RS4 Avant is clearly fitted with an RS-specific wire mesh front grille and a front bumper with large air intakes on each end. Heavily camouflaged, the new S4 Avant’s LED headlamps and wraparound tail lights can still be seen peeking through the disguise – we assume that just like the S4 Avant, Matrix LED lighting will be optionally available.

At the rear, two large, circular exhausts tips are apparent – a trademark of the Audi RS range. For wheels, this prototype features a set of five, V-spoke alloys from the current-gen RS4.

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Several reports suggest that the RS4 will adopt the same 3.0 litre TFSI V6 unit that powers the new S4 — replacing its previous 4.2 litre naturally-aspirated V8. But while the single-turbo S4 delivers 354 hp, the RS4 is expected to feature two turbochargers that will raise the stakes to 450 hp instead.

The new RS4 is also expected to give up its S tronic dual-clutch transmission in favour of a ZF-sourced eight-speed torque converter automatic. No surprises there, given that the larger RS6, RS7 and A8 have all seamlessly adopted the new shifter as well. The latest version of its quattro all-wheel drive system is a given.

Unfortunately, buyers will have to hold on to their cash until the end of 2017. The next-gen RS4 Avant is only expected to make its debut at next year’s Frankfurt Motor Show, two years after the Audi S4 made its debut at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show.