Audi RS 4 Avant unveiled with 2.9 twin-turbo V6

Audi RS 4 Avant unveiled with 2.9 twin-turbo V6

Audi RS 4 Avant unveiled with 2.9 twin-turbo V6

"In China, the Audi RS 4 will provide fresh impetus for growth as the only high-performance Avant in its segment". The Audi patented Matrix headlights are also offered as an optional extra.

The wheelarches are wider and, at the rear, the huge diffuser set into the bumper is accompanied by hefty oval tailpipes and a roof spoiler.

But the new S5-sourced 2.9-litre unit produces 444bhp and a massive 600Nm of torque - that's more power than the V8 ever produced, and enough to get the Avant from rest to 62mph in 4.1 seconds. Where the old vehicle was often criticized for being down on torque, the new one steps up to the plate with 442lb ft - 125lb ft more than before - available all the way from 1,900 to 5,000rpm.

The V6 biturbo develops 450PS in the new Audi RS 4 Avant.

While RS4s are limited to 155mph from the factory, the addition of an RS dynamic package will see its top speed shoot up to 174mph. It may be less exciting than the business of going quickly, but a fuel-economy figure of 32.1mpg represents a big improvement over the outgoing vehicle and the 199g/km Carbon dioxide emissions figure beats the previous V8's by 17%. The transmission is an eight-speed tiptronic, with power sent to all four wheels via quattro all-wheel drive. A rear sport differential enabling torque division between the rear wheels for enhanced handling adjustability, will be standard on United Kingdom the model.

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The RS4 has standard sports suspension, which makes it sit 7mm lower than a regular A4 Avant and Audi's Drive Select driving mode system is standard.

It's rather fitting that Audi has opted for highly tuned bi-turbo V6 rather than a V8 in the new auto, considering the original RS4 of 1999 utilised a six-cylinder turbo unit too.

On the inside, the black interior underscores the sporty character of the Audi RS 4 Avant. The RS sport seats with optional honeycomb pattern, the flat-bottomed RS leather multifunction sport steering wheel, the shift gate and the illuminated door sill trims are all adorned with the RS emblem.

In the Audi virtual cockpit which is also standard in the UK, RS-specific displays indicate the g-forces, tyre pressures and torque. The Audi exclusive programme caters for just about any other special request.

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