Last November, reports surfaced that Audi was planning to double the RS lineup, from seven to 14, inside 18 months. Ten months in, we’ve seen three new fashions—the 2018 RS 5 coupe that bowed in March at the 2017 Geneva Auto Show, the Audi R8 RWS that bowed first the evening earlier than the 2017 Frankfurt show, and the primary of the brand new technology of RS 4s, the 2018 RS Four Avant. That’s proper, Audi is beginning the roll-out of the B9 RS Four lineup with the wagon. It shouldn’t be that stunning; we noticed prototypes of the RS Four Avant earlier this 12 months, however none have been seen of the sedan.
The 2018 Audi RS Four Avant is powered by the identical 2.9-liter twin-turbo V-6 discovered within the RS 5, right here delivering the identical 444 hp and 443 lb-ft of torque, which is distributed to all 4 wheels by the identical eight-speed automated. Audi claims a Zero-62 mph time of Four.1 seconds for the three,946-lb sports activities wagon, Zero.Four-second slower than the RS 5 and 0.3-second quicker than the S4. High velocity sits at 155 mph, however goes as much as 174 mph with the non-compulsory RS dynamic package deal.
Distinguishing the RS Four from the remainder of the B9 A4 lineup are wheel arches which are 1.2-inch wider, a stance that’s Zero.Three-inch decrease than the A4’s even with its sports activities suspension, an aggressive entrance fascia and grille, and beefy twin exhausts. It rides on 19-inch wheels normal, with 20s accessible as an choice.
Audi didn’t launch detailed specs for the brand new RS Four, however the not-for-U.S. S4 Avant boasts 17.eight cu ft of house behind the rear seats and 53.Three cu ft with these seats folded. Not like that S4, nonetheless, the RS Four Avant could properly make it to American shores provided that Audi has grow to be much less stingy in terms of sending RS fashions throughout the Atlantic. It’s undoubtedly making it to China, the place Audi says it is going to be the one high-performance wagon in its section.
Europe will get first dibs, nonetheless. The 2018 RS Four Avant goes on sale there in early 2018 earlier than increasing to different markets. Outdated World patrons might want to put down a substantial 79,800 Euro—$95,417 at right this moment’s change charges—however a U.S. mannequin, if it occurs, would seemingly begin someplace round $75,000.