Audi RS4 Avant officially revealed

2013 Audi RS4 Avant
2013 Audi RS4 Avant

Ahead of its official world debut at the Geneva Motor Show, Audi has unleashed the first images and details for the brand new RS4 Avant. The release may have been brought forward after official images were leaked yesterday.

The RS4 Avant generates its personality from a hand built 4.2-liter V8 engine that produces 450PS ( 331kW / 444 hp ) and 430 Nm (317.15 lb-ft) of torque. It allows it to accelerate from 0-100kph (0-62mph) in 4.7 seconds before hitting an electronically limited top speed of 250kph (155mph). Drivers looking to take full advantage of the model can request to have the speed limiter removed to raise the top speed up to 280kph (174 mph).

The performance figures become a little more impressive when you add in the fuel economy stats. It consumes an average of 11 liters per 100km which is 21.38 mpg in US standards.

The V8 power unit is mated with the company's seven-speed S tronic transmission system. The quattro drive system passes power to all four wheels with a 40:60 front rear bias. However the crown-gear center differential system can re-distribute power between the front and rear axles that adds to the driving dynamics. Up to 70% of the power can be passed directly to the front axle, whilst this figure is as high as 85% for the rear.

The exterior design of the new Audi RS4 begins on the front fascia with the large hexagonal single-frame grille that boasts an aluminum style finish. As it has become accustomed with Audi, a set of LED daytime running lights are fitted around the xenon plus headlights. The large air inlets below the headlights add a further aggressive style while being complimented by the front splitter that helps with the race car looks.

Moving to the rear, we are treated to futher LED technology and it is joined by Audi's signature dual oval exhausts.

The interior gets a sporty black feel to it helped by sport seats (bucket seats optionally available), a flat-bottomed leather multifunction sport steering wheel and a number of aluminum-look accents.

Sales of the new Audi RS4 Avant will begin in the fall with prices due to start at €76,600.

  • V8 powerplant with 450 hp, 430 Nm (317.15 lb-ft)
  • High-performance brakes with wave discs
  • Unique combination of dynamics and everyday practicality

A modern classic from Audi is making a comeback: The third-generation RS 4 Avant combines potent performance with a high level of everyday practicality. It’s 4.2-liter V8 produces 331 kW (450 hp); the seven-speed S tronic and quattro permanent all-wheel drive transfer that power to the road.

The Audi RS 4 Avant uses the same high-revving, normally aspirated V8 engine that powers the RS 5 Coupe. The 4,163 cc powerplant produces 331 kW (450 hp) at 8,250 rpm for a specific output of 108.1 hp per liter. Its maximum torque of 430 Nm (317.15 lb-ft) is available from 4,000 to 6,000 rpm. The responsive V8 with its red-painted cylinder head covers accelerates the RS 4 Avant from zero to 100 km/h (62.14 mph) in 4.7 seconds on its way to a governed top speed of 250 km/h (155.34 mph). This can be increased to 280 km/h (173.98 mph) upon request.

Hand-built at Audi’s plant in Györ, Hungary, the 4.2 FSI engine combines its impressive power with exemplary efficiency, consuming on average less than 11 liters of fuel per 100 km (21.38 U.S. mpg).

With its high efficiency and long top gear, the standard seven-speed S tronic also contributes to the vehicle’s good fuel economy. Drivers can let the lightning-fast dual-clutch transmission shift automatically or change gears manually using the selector lever or the paddles on the steering wheel. For explosive starts, drivers can also activate Launch Control, which manages the engagement of the clutch at an optimum starting speed and minimum wheel slip.

Top traction: quattro drive with crown-gear center differential
Like every RS model from Audi, the RS 4 Avant comes standard with quattro permanent all-wheel drive. The heart of this system is the crown-gear center differential. This compact and lightweight component can vary the distribution of power between the front and rear axles immediately, smoothly and over a wide range, with up to 70 percent flowing to the front or as much as 85 percent to the rear. The default 40:60 ratio of the rear-biased configuration ensures sporty handling.

The self-locking crown-gear center differential works together with the torque vectoring system, which acts on all four wheels. If the load on the inside wheel is reduced too much while the car is being driven dynamically, the torque vectoring system brakes it slightly before unintended slip can occur. Audi offers the sport differential, which uses two superposition stages to actively distribute the power between the rear wheels, as an option.

Aluminum in abundance: the chassis
The chassis of the Audi RS 4 Avant is a very complex design. Many components of the five-link front suspension and the self-tracking trapezoidal-link rear suspension are made of aluminum. The new speed-dependent power steering is a highly efficient electromechanical system with a direct steering ratio for highly precise road feel. It helps the driver stay on course by making slight steering corrections when braking on surfaces with different amounts of grip.

The taut RS setup lowers the body by 20 millimeters (0.79 in) compared with the Audi A4 Avant. New, polished 19-inch, ten-spoke forged aluminum wheels shod with 265/35-series tires are standard. Audi also offers 20-inch wheels with 265/30-series tires. These are available in a new, polished, titanium-look, five-V-spoke design plus two additional variants in the five-arm rotor design.

Mounted behind the large wheels are internally vented wave disc brakes measuring 365 millimeters (14.37 in) in diameter up front. The steel friction rings with their wave-like outer contour are perforated and connected to the aluminum brake caps via pins. This concept reduces tensions, quickly dissipates heat and prevents transmission of temperature peaks. The new shape of the friction rings shaves a total of roughly three kilograms (6.61 lb) off the unsprung weight.

The calipers are painted high-gloss black; the front calipers have eight pistons each and sport RS logos. The ESP stabilization system has a Sport mode and can be fully deactivated. For the front axle, Audi offers the option of 380 millimeter (14.96 in) carbon fiber ceramic discs and six-piston calipers in anthracite gray. The ceramic brakes are especially lightweight, robust and durable.

The Audi drive select driving dynamics system is among the standard equipment for the RS 4 Avant. With it, the driver can switch between three modes – comfort, auto and dynamic – to determine the characteristics of the steering, the seven-speed S tronic and the throttle valve. Audi drive select can even vary the sound of the exhaust system, double-declutching when downshifting in dynamic mode. If the car is equipped with an Audi navigation system, a largely driver-configurable custom mode is also available.

In addition to the sport differential, another component available for Audi drive select is dynamic steering. It varies its steering ratio by nearly 100 percent depending on the speed driven and automatically countersteers slightly at the cornering limit for even more precise and stable handling.

Another particularly dynamic damping technology available as an option from Audi is the sport suspension plus with dynamic ride control (DRC). Oil lines and a central valve connect diagonally opposed pairs of shock absorbers. During fast cornering, the system boosts the stabilization of the front outside wheel, for example.

The damping characteristic of the sport suspension plus is variable, with a choice of three settings available via Audi drive select.

Athletic: the exterior design
The exterior design flaunts the athletic character of the RS 4 Avant. The hexagonal single-frame grille is set in a frame with a matte aluminum-look finish; its honeycomb insert is finished in high-gloss anthracite. LED daytime running lights encircle the xenon plus units like a clasp in the wedge-shaped headlights. The air flows through large openings divided by crossbars and embedded in a distinctive bumper featuring a splitter edge like on a race car.

When viewed from the side, the chiseled side sill caps and flared wheel wells catch the eye. The flared rear side elements with sharp horizontal upper edges are a nod to that all-wheel drive pioneer from 1980, the Audi quattro. The side mirror housings and trim strips have a matte aluminum-look finish, and a discrete roof spoiler at the back ensures the necessary downforce.

The distinctive bumpers and the two oval tailpipe caps of the dual exhaust system dominate the rear end and are integrated into an upturned diffuser. Audi also offers a sport exhaust system with a voluminous sound and black caps. Elegant light strips adorn the LED rear lights.

The Audi RS 4 Avant is 20 millimeters (0.79 in) longer and 24 millimeters (0.94 in) wider than the A4 Avant, but 20 millimeters (0.79 in) lower. A choice of eight colors is available: one solid and one metallic finish, four pearl-effect colors and the two specially pigmented crystal-effect colors, Prism Silver and Panther Black. The extensively clad underbody integrates air vents for the seven-speed S tronic and the front brakes.

Sporty black: the interior
The interior of the RS 4 Avant is clad completely in black, with the exception of the roofliner, which is optionally available in Moon Silver. Chrome clasps subtly accentuate switches and control elements. Carbon inlays are standard, with brushed matte aluminum, Aluminum Race, black piano finish or a light stainless steel mesh available as options.

The standard heated front sport seats with integrated headrests are power adjustable and covered in a combination of black leather and Alcantara. Fine Nappa leather in either Black or Moon Silver accentuated with Stone Gray piping is optionally available.  Other options include bucket seats or luxurious, climate-controlled deluxe seats with a ventilation function. The thick ring of the leather multifunction sport steering wheel is flattened at the bottom, and the shift paddles mounted on the back of it sport an aluminum-look finish.

The driver information system with color display includes an RS menu with a lap timer and an oil thermometer. Both it and the MMI monitor display a special RS welcome screen when the car is started.

The instrument cluster bezel shines with a piano finish, and the design of the selector knob of the seven-speed S tronic is unique to the RS. Typical of all RS vehicles, the door openers are two delicate bars. The pedals, the footrest, the air vents, the shift paddles on the steering wheel, the MMI buttons and other controls shine in an aluminum-look finish. Aluminum inserts adorn the door sill trims, which are accentuated with RS 4 badges.

Audi offers exclusive high-grade leather packages for all seating options, including a design package with honeycomb quilting for the RS 4 bucket seats. Rounding out the list of optional equipment is a broad range of state-of-the-art driver assistance and communication systems, including the Bluetooth online car phone that connects the RS 4 Avant with the Internet.

Options for the luggage compartment, which offers up to 1,430 liters (50.50 cu ft) of cargo space, include a rail system with load securing set and a power hatch.

Delivery of the Audi RS 4 Avant is scheduled to begin in fall 2012 at a base price of €76,600 in Germany.

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quattrosport quattrosport
Will miss the limousine version for sure
Feb 22nd, 2012 12:36am
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fgb8387 fgb8387
I had both previous RS4 and was really hoping for the new engine from S6/S7/S8(V8TT).. not that i have any problem with this one, but even RS3 its faster on straight line. this avant is a little heavy for this engine IMO
Feb 16th, 2012 4:24pm
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Shumy Shumy
what about U.S? are they going to bring it or not
Feb 15th, 2012 10:03pm
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Feb 15th, 2012 7:51pm
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Sometimes simplicity (or commonality) could be accepted. In the case of this brand new RS4 Avant, it should be so. I liked!
Feb 15th, 2012 4:50pm
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Alkke Alkke
I think the earlier renderings looked more agressive... http://www.autoevolution.com/news/2013-audi-rs4-avant-rendering-42505.html
Feb 15th, 2012 4:43pm
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mgmt585 mgmt585
430nm? My 2.3l saab made more torque 8)... *trollface*
Feb 15th, 2012 2:48pm
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radmeister radmeister
Maybe after changing the turbo, ecu, intake, exhaust, injectors, and clutch. The Aero clutch and turbo can only push out about 295ish hp and 400NM. The clutch can only take 400NM too.
Feb 16th, 2012 12:49am
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mgmt585 mgmt585
Mine had 300bhp and 450nm before being detuned to 270hp and 410nm. Standard injectors though, and a new aero clutch was indeed thrown on. New intercooler, turbo piping, intake, exhaust, map etc as you say. But they are VERY torquey. Even with JUST a remap, at 265bhp they typically put out 420nm. http://www.maptun.se/tuningGuide.php?kategori=669&produkt=174&model=2336&listorder=72 Do your homework. That is a link to the biggest saab tuner, who are known to tune conservatively for longevity vs. other tuners - thus many put out more hp and nm for the same hardware. The clutch can handle 450nm.
Feb 16th, 2012 4:05pm
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16000rpm 16000rpm
ULTRA AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Feb 15th, 2012 1:47pm
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Microice Microice
It's the classic Audi power wagon so if you aren't into heritage models then you won't get the point but would have loved a twin turbo V6 like the first RS4.
Feb 15th, 2012 1:36pm
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Nice aggressive look but for some reason the Audi's simplicity in design annoys me a bit. I would go for BMW this time.
Feb 15th, 2012 1:28pm
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catchmyshadow catchmyshadow
lol PAA, BMW doesn`t offer a M3 Touring!
Feb 15th, 2012 5:11pm
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This will probably be the last car in it's class to have a non turbocharged engine. Audi's designs may be too much of the same but this is the exception to me.
Feb 15th, 2012 12:56pm
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WCF\'S President (neva.mynd) WCF'S President (neva.mynd)
I couldnt help but laugh when I saw the figures at 331kw and 430Nm.Every pne prety much knew it was gna come at those figures. surely the RS4 sedan will have the same numbers but,lol is this supposed to be the competitor of the coming M3? Awd,quattro or not,even the C63 is proving to be better than it at this moment.New M3 WILL ALSO HAVE 331kw too but a better product already
Feb 15th, 2012 12:24pm
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norther norther
so what is exactly ur problem? audis 4.2 is bad but bmw 4.0 is good? almost the same power and torque figuers. and they are both high-revving engines, both of them sound great. both of the cars will be available with DSGs. bmw and audi, at least at this chapter, offer pretty much the same car. exceptions: bmw doeent offer awd (which i dont say it is bad. i do like an M bimmer to be RWD) and 2nd, sadly audi will offer the rs4 only as an avant. as for MB, as much as i respect the brand.... regardless of how much torque the C-amg offers, i can say, thats all about it. MB is pure grunt, and very little finess. on a winding road both audi and bmw will smoke it. in a straight line, yes, MB has the advantage. and personally, as a CAR FAN (not as an IGNORANT bmw/audi/MB FAN) id prefer, any day the bimmer or the audi. their 4 litre, high revving engines are pretty much the same, and much more advanced that the torqy and lazy 6.2 (which is fine if u just wanna cruise). sadly MB is either stuborn or incompetent to offer a high-revving, 100hp/liter, NA engine. and at the gear box chapter, same story. it is sad to see that MB doesent YET offfer an DSG...but audi and bmw are at their...2-3rd gen DSG. (NOTE: the box on the sls from the 458 italia, and the 7G+ box is not DSG. MB just crawled out of the torque converter. someone explainned it a few weeks ago, in a very iluminating comment). so, to any other "fanboy" of some brand, which hasnt any respect for any other brand but its preffered one, pls, stop trolling other cars/brands. if u do not like it because it is not a caddy, or a merc or whatever, no one cares. try to state ur opinion, respectfuly, if u can, based upon facts or better still if u owned such a car. have a nice evening
Feb 15th, 2012 8:19pm
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WCF\'S President (neva.mynd) WCF'S President (neva.mynd)
Man as you say,4.0 BMW engine is better that audis 4.2. I am a bmw fan and i prefer it thou am not ignorant to other facts. As at this moment we hv no new M3 but theres the 5.5 MB engine. The 5.5 engine represents somethings thats more advanced than the package audi is offering with this 331KW old engine found in the RS5. MB doesnt generally offer smth better that the M n RS divisions with their top engines besides the torques but as it stands u cnt possibly appreciate the 4.2 audi engine from the technological perspective in this day,its not 2005 or 2007 its 2012.
Feb 17th, 2012 1:31pm
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Front doesn't look that good and not exciting. It will be much slower than M3 and C63 due to the lack of torque (170 Nm less than C63)
Feb 15th, 2012 11:07am
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hunker7 hunker7
Audi is 4WD, that makes a difference
Feb 15th, 2012 11:25am
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Will make a 0.1 difference in 0-62 but after that C63 will smoke it. Audi must do something with this engine it lacks torque. The problem is they want their engine to be small and they can't squeez more torque from this 4.2 so why not turbo charge this engine? It works perfectly in an R8 cuz its light but not here.
Feb 15th, 2012 2:10pm
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TheAntichrist TheAntichrist
Will see how fast it is. But, BMW dont have a M3 wagon.
Feb 15th, 2012 1:25pm
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moodyaaa moodyaaa
Because why on earth m3 wagon is needed?
Feb 16th, 2012 2:39am
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I was just looking at the comments of all the Audi haters and am amazed. This car looks great on the pictures and will look even better on the streets. I have a white S4 B8 with 20inc wheels and I get whoa looks and thumbs up all the time I drive it. So I really don't understand when you say this car doesn't look good or is exciting. U think a C63 looks good? I can't tell the diff if its a C63 or C250. Or the M3 looks like a standard 323i. Have you driven the 2 cars? I have and I choose my S4 B8 over a C63 and a M3! The interior alone is much better quality and feel. And to be honest I haven't raced a C63 from start to the next set of lights but I did race a 2003 SL55 and beat it by a car and a half length from 0-160km/h. Figure that one out. And I also raced a 2009 M3 and the same result. So quattro does make a difference and this car will be intense. You can have all the torque you want but its useless when you can't put it to the ground.
Feb 15th, 2012 6:09pm
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TrevorKarkay TrevorKarkay
Looks WAY BETTER than the C63 estate, and it is AWD which is way better for the multi-purpose activities that people use avant and estates for.
Feb 15th, 2012 9:41pm
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Shumy Shumy
LKN4MUF I am also an Audi fan and I have a 10' RS6 but I don't agree with what you say. I don't understand how you can't tell the difference between a C63 and a C250 and you own a S4. The S4 looks more similar to the A4 (I don't mention the S line A4 because in that case it is pretty much the same car with dual exhausts in one and not the other)than the c63 looks like C250... By the way I don't know what kind of a race it was but there is no way the S4 is faster than the m3 (maybe your vehicle is tunned or the driver of the m3 is a "legal" guy. Here is a quote from wikipedia: "The S4 now compares more closely with the BMW 335i and Infiniti G37". There is a big difference a 5.1 seconds for 0-100 and 4.7. This is why the new RS4 has a 4.7 0-100, to compete against the M3.
Feb 15th, 2012 10:02pm
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GSS5_23 GSS5_23
grave, your logic is retarded. this car makes more torque than an m3 and has a higher power output at virtually the same rpm. and you know what the problem with the c63 is? too much torque. sure it's fun to drive but on a track, you want grip.
Feb 16th, 2012 4:13am
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Shumy when you are driving on the streets and you see a C class behind you do you really know which model it is? Be honest. Its only when near you can see the bigger wheels and diff hood etc. It looks standard. I was really going to get the benz because of power but I live in Canada and I want to use my car everyday and the benz in winter would be a death wish. And I love the looks of the A4 and am happy that my S4 looks like it. Its a sleeper as they say. I would remove all S4 badges on my car if I could so people wouldn't know its a S4. And yes reality sucks but I did 3 races with that M3 sedan and no matter what he couldn't pass me. A car and half to 160km/h all the way. The satrt alone to 60km/h I was up 3 car lengths. Check out Youtube plenty of vids of the S4 B8 racing C63, previous gen RS4, ISF. Oh and you can't compare the S4 to the 335i and G37. They say it compares to those cars but the S4 is on a class of its own. Trust me. I have owned and driven lots of cars and Audi in my opinion is better made now than Merc and BMW. Oh and a example for you, my friend purchased a G37S coupe last year and got intake and exhaust. We raced on a closed road. From start to about 200km/h. the outcome was nuts, he cant even come near me. From the start he was so far behind. I think 6 or 7 car lengths. It was sad to be honest. I was even with my girlfriend and she witnessed the event. You should have seen my friends face. He didnt know the S4 was that quick. It honestly suprises a lot of people. The guy in 03 SL55 said to me after we raced that his engine needed a tune up lol but admitted my S4 was crazy quick. I have intake and ecu now but at the time the car was stock. 0-100km/h for a stock S4 is 4.8sec Road and track tested the S4. 0-60mph or 98km/h is 4.6sec go figure. Anyways I own the car and know what it is capable of and what the outcomes were of my races. I am excited about this RS4. I am just wondering why they didnt use the engine from the S7. this car should be a V8tt. I guess it would have been too fast. Maybe further down the road it will get the turbo upgrade. Peace out.
Feb 16th, 2012 5:12pm
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GSS5_23 GSS5_23
is your s4 modded? because stock for stock, there is no way in hell you would pull on a c63, is-f or m3. i'm sure with an intake, pulley, tune, exhaust, you would dust those cars easily. but stock for stock, the s4 barely pulls on a 335. comparing a modded car to a car that is bone stock is like comparing apples to oranges. and as for modded g37s', even my underpowered v8 s5 with an exhaust can pull on those without breaking a sweat ;)
Feb 16th, 2012 6:02pm
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ngarvin92 ngarvin92
Ya, RS5 in this vid. WCF made a mistake...
Feb 15th, 2012 11:01am
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taliz taliz
All I see in that video is the RS5.
Feb 15th, 2012 10:53am
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