Audi RS4 Avant returns with more power than ever

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At the heart of the RS4 Avant is a 2.9-litre bi-turbo V6 that is good for 443bhp of peak power and 600Nm of torque.

A little over two years back, Audi brought in the versatile RS6 Avant to Indian shores. "It blends power with superlative utility". It's definitely making it to China, where Audi says it will be the only high-performance wagon in its segment. The top speed is 250 kph.

0-62mph is dealt with in just 4.1 seconds, and at the top end - assuming you option the "RS dynamic package" - you'll hit the electronic buffers at 174mph.

All of the power is channelled through an eight-speed automatic transmission, ditching the old dual-clutch auto, and feeding into an all-wheel drive system. Matrix LED headlights are optional. That is an efficiency gain of 17 percent over the previous model.

Audi RS4 Avant returns with more power than ever
Audi RS4 Avant returns with more power than ever

The Audi RS4 Avant will go on sale in the United Kingdom after Frankfurt, with first customer cars due in early 2018.

Distinguishing the RS 4 from the rest of the B9 A4 lineup are wheel arches that are 1.2-inch wider, a stance that's 0.3-inch lower than the A4's even with its sports suspension, an aggressive front fascia and grille, and beefy twin exhausts. By way of equipment options, there are RS sports suspension plus with Dynamic Ride Control (DRC), ceramic brakes and RS-specific dynamic steering. Also standard are Audi drive select driving modes, which includes an Individual mode to personalize the drive experience. That's right, Audi is starting the roll-out of the B9 RS 4 lineup with the wagon.

Inside there's a flat bottomed steering wheel, of course, RS Sport seats and a healthy smattering of RS badges. The cockpit can be further customized with three styling packages: gloss black, carbon with aluminum attachments, and carbon with black attachments. The Audi Exclusive personalization program will also fulfill special customer requests as needed.

Prices for the new RS4 start at £61,625, and orders open later this month. Old World buyers will need to put down a considerable 79,800 Euro-$95,417 at today's exchange rates-but a US model, if it happens, would likely start somewhere around $75,000.

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