Frankfurt 2017: Audi debuts next-gen RS4 Avant

It's been quite a while since we've had a new RS4 to get excited about it having been over five years since the B8 came into the world

Priced at £61,625 (Rs 52.52 lakhs), the new RS4 Avant packs a 2.9-litre turbo V6 motor. The exterior colour Nogaro blue is reminiscent of the first generation of the high-performance Avant from 1999.

19-inch forged wheels come as standard, or for maximum bling, 20-inch rims will be available.

With 444bhp and 443lb ft, the new unit delivers the same amount of power but a significant 125lb ft more torque than the third-generation RS4 Avant's naturally aspirated 4.2-litre V8 petrol powerplant.

That performance comes from a 330kW/600Nm V6 bi-turbo 2.9 TFSI engine. Like its predecessors, this high power model has arrived in an estate (Avant, as Audi calls it) form alone.

It has shed 80kg in the transition from the old V8 version to the B9 model RS 4 Avant's 1790kg and its acceleration figures are now in line with the BMW M4 Coupe and only 0.2 seconds slower than the RS 5 Coupe. Audi claims that power and economy are both significantly boosted by the new engine. In the wagon variant, the six-cylinder inspires a 0-62 miles per hour time of just 4.1 seconds and an electronically limited top speed of 155 miles per hour (though the optional RS Dynamic package raises it to 174 mph). As ever, drive is sent to all four wheels via the brand's Quattro system. Audi also offers an optional rear sports differential.

Compared to a boggo A4 on sports suspension, the RS4 sits 7mm lower. Ceramic brakes will be optional, too.

Inside it moves with the Audi times with all the latest A4 electronics, including the Virtual Cockpit digital instrument cluster, and stand-out RS items include RS sports seats and a flat-bottomed steering wheel. These include g-forces, torque and tire pressures.

Keen to make us forget that the new RS 4 no longer packs a V8, Audi Sport says it's 17-percent more efficient than the old model, averaging 8.8 l/100 km (26.7 mpg US) with corresponding Carbon dioxide emissions of 199 g/km. The styling packages gloss black, carbon with aluminium attachments and carbon with black attachments provide further scope for customization.

The base price for Europe has been announced as €79,800, which £72,500 at current exchange rates, however the official United Kingdom price may differ.

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