The Audi RS4 is back. The wraps have come off the BMW M3 rival’s third iteration, and in a return to its roots, you can only buy it in Avant estate form. The previous RS4 is one of the best fast Audis, and this one is altogether more potent. Its 4.2-litre V8 engine is identical to the RS5 coupe’s, boasting 444bhp and 317lb ft. Thanks to good old natural aspiration – there’s no turbo or supercharging here – maximum power arrives at 8250rpm, rewarding you for hanging onto every gear. Acceleration is a smidge slower than in the RS5 – 0-62mph takes a claimed 4.7sec – while the electronically limited 155mph top speed can be upped to 174mph should you ask Audi nicely. As with its coupe sibling, Quattro all-wheel drive and a seven-speed dual-clutch S-tronic gearbox are standard fit. The latter’s fitted with a launch control function to aid standing starts.
New Audi RS4 Avant revealed
The all-new Audi RS4 is revealed, for sale in Avant estate form only. Details and pictures here
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