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Audi RS4 Avant (2017): All data, prices and driving report

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Audi RS4 Avant (2017) in the driving report
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For Audi fans the RS4 is what the M3 is for BMW fans - a real icon. Developed as the successor to the legendary, five-cylinder Avant RS2, the RS4 is now in its fourth generation. And like the BMW M3, the RS4 is also returning in its latest generation from the eight to the six cylinder. But with charging.

From 0 to 100 km /h in just 4.1 seconds

The 2.9-liter V6, which is also used in the Panamera, is forcibly ventilated by two turbochargers, generating 450 hp and a maximum torque of 600 Nm.

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RS-typical : The RS 4 also has oval tailpipes, set in a diffuser attachment. Plus: a roof edge spoiler contributes to the sporty look.

The engine accelerates the new Audi RS4 Avant to country road speed in just 4.1 seconds. The maximum speed is 250 km /h, 280 km /h are possible for a surcharge. Shifting takes place via eight-speed automatic sports transmission - the bitchy S-Tronic is history.

The permanent all-wheel drive 'Quattro' is also on board, with a sport differential on the rear axle on request.

Good: The new Audi RS4 Avant weighs less than 1.8 tonnes - that's around 80 kilos less weight than its predecessor. The downsized engine was also able to improve in terms of fuel consumption.

The Audi RS4should achieve a standard consumption of 8.8 liters per 100 kilometers.

Design with a touch of understatement

In terms of design, the Audi RS4 Avant does not quite match the ultra-aggressive lines of the new RS5. But it shouldn't be drowned in traffic either: the air inlets on the front are still massive, the grill is honeycombed and has the RS logo; The Quattro lettering is emblazoned on the lip. The wheel arches swelled by 30 millimeters, and the exhaust system with its oval tailpipes is emblazoned at the rear, as is typical of the RS.

The RS4 runs on 19-inch wheels ex works, with 20-inch wheels as an option. Matrix LED headlights are also still in the surcharge list, as is the blue paintwork (nogaro blue), which is supposed to be reminiscent of the first generation of the RS4 from 1999 - and is not unlike the color of the Avant RS2.

Equipment and prices

The adaptive sports suspension, a brake system with carbon-ceramic discs and the dynamic steering matched to the RS 4.

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No surprises in the cockpit: flattened sports steering wheel, digital Instrument cluster, RS insignia here and there, stylish sports seats.

Inside the RS4 Avant, almost everything stays the same: the virtual cockpit replaces the analog instruments, a head-up display projects important data into the windshield and the sports seats give the driver support when he is makes it a little more dynamic in corners. If you have even more wishes, you are welcome to contact Audi Exclusive. There (almost) every wish is gladly fulfilled - as long as the account is sufficiently covered.

By the way: The new Audi RS4 Avant can be ordered from autumn 2017. Its base price: 79,800 euros. The RS4 will roll out to dealers from 2018. Plus: For the first time in its history, the power station wagon is also available in China.

Driving report Audi RS4 Avant

An imola yellow RS4 Avant of the first generation is currently doing its laps in Ingolstadt. Without hectic. No stress. The privilegeof age. Despite the 381 hp 2.7-liter V6 engine. He has long since proven himself. That's why it doesn't even turn itself, but can be turned. In the paternoster of the Audi Museum. The new one, on the other hand, has to work now, blowing his nose briefly after starting up, showing himself to be motivated right down to the crankshaft bearings, but then basing very discreetly. But stands. Yet. He, too, takes it easy, just like other speed-limited city traffic. The eight-speed automatic shifts quickly and smoothly up to fifth gear, the suspension assiduously responds even on rough bumps, the steering works smoothly - and quite numbly. In fact, the suspension comfort fits, the optional, adaptive dampers get the 20-inch wheels (series: 19-inch) well under control, there is seldom a nasty rumble. If things went on like this, the promised consumption of 8.8 L /100 km (minus 17 percent compared to the old V8) would actually come about, thanks in part to the so-called B-cycle combustion process with only a small amount of fresh gas and a later compression phase. But it doesn't work.

The V6 pushes with power

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With only a minimal delay, the Bituerbo-V6 pushes relentlessly below 2,000 rpm.

Now: more load. The opening time of the inlet valves is extended from 130 to 200 degrees of crank angle, the valve lift increases from six to 10 millimeters - so that the combustion chambers fill properly. Finally a bit more speed is allowed, but no matter how much, the RS4 gets there faster than drivers who are attached to their driving license can do. The hot half inside V6 charged with 1.5 bar responds with only minimal delay, pushes relentlessly below 2,000 rpm and chases the station wagon across the country with angry rumble from the flap-controlled exhaust system. In 4.1 seconds you are at 100 km /h and are wondering whether you should really cry after the V8 naturally aspirated engine of the predecessor. Where the new one, with a total of 600 times more than 170 Nm, gives you that feeling early on that you want in a super station wagon: superiority, sovereignty, always, at any time, not just beyond 5,000 revs.

The RS4 often closesuncoupled

While this is going through your head, you feel the tightly padded, very well supporting sports seat with the backrest that is too short in the back, you notice that even the sitting position fits perfectly (less high than you feared), look at the easy-to-read virtual instruments without really getting used to them, feel the road via the small sports steering wheel. Well, you'd like to feel it. But even if electromechanical, so-called dynamic steering, can vary the gear ratio by 100 percent, work silently and smoothly - it retains too much information to itself. In dynamic mode, yes, it works better, mainly because the electronics prevent its own corrections from 30 km /h. Should she please also in the other modes. Still, there is still a little too much rubber in the system. You will notice what the DRC chassis (the diagonally opposite dampers are connected via an oil line, which reduces rolling and rolling movements), the close connection and the high mechanical grip of the front axle in particular.

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One would like to feel more of the road through the steering.

Outside the steering, the RS4 is uncompromising Trimmed for adhesion, neutrality, agility. If you throw it into a curve with high motivation, it will wobble and roll only a little, there is even a little movement in the rear, just enough for the station wagon to look lively. Wild tail wagging? No, then not that. The Audi doesn't want to offend, just break out of perfection a little. It succeeds more convincingly than the RS5, although the hardware is practically identical - except for a different damper tuning on the rear axle. So you swing with the RS4 over doggedly winding country roads with wonderful alternating curves, you are fast, sometimes too fast without you noticing it, also because you quickly turn off the sound again (works in individual mode) because it is too put on you seems too artificial. A sticky tattoo on a perfect body.

Yes, okay, you can like the hoarse roar when you turn it off, just before the limiter at 6,500 rpm, before the automatic reloads the next gear. The old V8, however, was fully tattooed, always sounded like powerful mechanics, and roared honestly. Andits predecessor in turn drank. Because in the 2.7-liter V6 the turbos were installed solely to increase performance.

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