Newest effort in RS model’s progress push
Final November, experiences surfaced that Audi was planning to double the RS lineup, from seven to 14, inside 18 months. Ten months in, we’ve seen three new fashions—the 2018 RS 5 coupe that bowed in March on the 2017 Geneva auto present, the Audi R8 RWS that bowed the night time earlier than the 2017 Frankfurt present, and the primary of the brand new technology of RS 4s, the 2018 RS Four Avant. That’s proper, Audi is beginning the roll-out of the B9 RS Four lineup with the wagon. It shouldn’t be that stunning; we noticed prototypes of the RS Four Avant earlier this 12 months, however none have been seen of the sedan.
The 2018 Audi RS Four Avant is powered by the identical 2.9-liter twin-turbo V-6 discovered within the RS 5, right here delivering the identical 444 hp and 443 lb-ft of torque, which is distributed to all 4 wheels by the identical eight-speed computerized transmission. Audi claims a Zero-62 mph time of Four.1 seconds for the three,946-pound sport wagon, Zero.Four-second slower than the RS 5 and Zero.Three-second faster than the S4. High velocity sits at 155 mph, however goes as much as 174 mph with the non-obligatory RS dynamic package deal.
Distinguishing the RS Four from the remainder of the B9 A4 lineup are wheel arches which are 1.2-inch wider, a stance that’s Zero.Three-inch decrease than the A4’s even with its sports activities suspension, an aggressive entrance fascia and grille, and beefy twin exhausts. It rides on 19-inch wheels commonplace, with 20s accessible as an choice.
Audi didn’t launch detailed specs for the brand new RS Four, however the not-for-U.S. S4 Avant boasts 17.eight cu-ft of area behind the rear seats and 53.Three cu-ft with these seats folded. Not like that S4, nevertheless, the RS Four Avant might nicely make it to American shores on condition that Audi has turn into much less stingy in terms of sending RS fashions throughout the Atlantic. It’s positively making it to China, the place Audi says will probably be the one high-performance wagon in its section. Europe will get first dibs, nevertheless. The 2018 RS Four Avant goes on sale there in early 2018 earlier than increasing to different markets. Previous World consumers might want to put down a substantial 79,800 Euro—$95,417 at at the moment’s trade charges—however a U.S. mannequin, if it occurs, would doubtless begin someplace round $75,000.