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Archive for the ‘Audi Rs4’ Category

PostHeaderIcon Audi RS4 Avant

At a time when wagons are slowly evolving from being family haulers to performance beasts, people in the U.S. are missing out on a lot of action. The Audi RS4 and the RS6 Avant give us the major #FOMO feels. Audi has told wagon-lovers in the U.S. not to give up hopes yet, as the company said, “We always look at potential new opportunities in the market. It’s a niche to explore. We keep holding discussions. Keep writing us letters.” That’s not a confirmation in any way, but it sounds like an assurance for the time being. The namesake fast wagon from the German automaker’s stable that we have here is the Audi A4 Allroad. Although we were mighty impressed with the wagon, it is no substitute for the RS4 Avant, and, that is why we need the Lord of the four rings to ship those beauties our way as soon as possible. You listening, Audi?

PostHeaderIcon Want a Performance Wagon Other than a AMG E 63 S or the Panamera Sport Turismo? Tell Audi You Want an RS Avant

The Audi RS Avant super wagons aren’t available in the U.S., but that doesn’t mean the status quo isn’t going to change. Audi is open to bringing its rip-roaring machines to the land of milk and honey; it just needs to make a good business case for it. In that vein, fans of the RS 4 and RS 6 Avants can do their part to convince Audi by “writing letters” to the German automaker. Tongue-in-cheek hints aside, these letters could go a long way in establishing a viable marketplace for both super wagons.

PostHeaderIcon Audi May Bring RS Avant Models To The U.S. But It’s A Reach

Who doesn’t love a fast wagon? We’re certainly pretty big fans, and we can’t help but dribble a bit when considering the prospect of getting into something like Audi’s line of RS Avants. Now, it looks like the Four-Ring brand is actually considering bringing these quick-’n-practical machines stateside. Maybe. Hopefully? All told, the brand isn’t ruling it out – we’ll take it.

Continue reading for the full story.

PostHeaderIcon Audi RS4 Sedan

First introduced in 2000, the RS4 has evolved into one of Audi’s most iconic nameplates, despite being available for short periods of time with each generation. First offered between 2000 and 2001, it returned for 2006-2008, and then again for 2012-2015. Each time as a station wagon, but Audi made an exception and offered a sedan between 2006 and 2008. Come 2018 and the Audi RS4 returns for the third time, again in the Avant body styles. But this time around word has it that Audi is also planning to revive the short-lived four-door sedan, which may also return to the United States. While the German firm is mum on the matter, I put together a speculative review with what it may bring to the table.

The fact that the RS4 sedan didn’t return after 2008 is a bit shocking if you ask me. Audi is super competitive in just about every niche and it’s even trying to create its own, but for some reason it doesn’t really want a piece of the action where BMW and Mercedes-Benz are making the big headlines. The decision to offer the RS4 as a wagon only seems strange to say the least with Audi’s latest competitor for the BMW M3 and Mercedes-AMG C63 dates all the way back to 2008. But apparently Audi is finally coming to its senses and a new RS4 sedan might be just around the corner.

Updated 10/02/2017:
We updated the speculative review with a new rendering and new information. Check it out below.

Continue reading to learn more about the upcoming Audi RS4 Sedan.

Exterior


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“Just take the more aggressive cues of the RS4 Avant and slap them on the A4 sedan and you get the real deal”

The RS4 sedan may seem like a mystery just now, but it really isn’t. Just take the more aggressive cues of the RS4 Avant and slap them on the A4 sedan and you get the real deal. And it’s exactly what this rendering provided by X-Tomi Design is all about.

Up front, we can see the RS-style honeycomb grille, as well as the “quattro” lettering underneath the license plate and the “RS4” badge on the mesh. Below, there’s a sportier bumper with larger air vents, both of which have the same honeycomb grille. The thin intake just below the main grille is finished in black, with the lower element designed to look like a splitter. The rendering also includes the the Matrix LED headlamps with tinted bezels, which are optional on the RS4 Avant and should be offered on the sedan too.


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“Onto the sides, we can see more of the features that debuted on the RS4 Avant”

Moving onto the sides, we can see more of the features that debuted on the RS4 Avant. Specifically, the sedan has slightly beefier fenders, which should be 1.2 inches wider in production form, RS-style mirror caps finished in black, and larger wheels. New-design 19-inch, forged aluminum wheels should be standard, with 20-inch rollers available on the options list. The sportier side skirts and the lowered ride height also contribute to the sedan’s slightly more menacing profile.


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“It's around back where the sedan will be different compared to the already familiar RS4 Avant”

It’s around back where the sedan will be different compared to the already familiar RS4 Avant. But aside from the three-box design with an actual decklid, look for similar performance features. A big spoiler should highlight the trunk lid, while the bumper should include a sporty diffuser with large, oval exhaust pipes. The “RS4” badge on the tailgate will round off the rear fascia.

Audi also introduced a new paint option for the wagon. It’s called Nogaro Blue, it features a pearl effect, and its a throw-back to the first-generation Avant from 1999. We think that this Audi Exclusive option will also be offered on the sedan, so it’s why our rendering is finished in the same hue.

Interior


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“As seen in the Avant, the front seats are Audi's latest RS Sport units with aggressive side bolstering for proper support”

The interior of the RS4 sedan should be identical to that of the Avant model from the dashboard toward the second-row seat. As usual, almost everything but the seat, which can ordered in various colors, will be finished in black. That’s because Audi seems to think that black “underscores the sporty character” of an RS can better than any other color, but I’m not a big fan to be honest. Audi should at least offer an option to to have the dashboard, door panels, and center console in a more livery color. Not necessarily a flashy shade of blue or red, but at least brown or even gray.

Speaking of features that you can have in a different colors, there’s light-colored leather for the seats and door armrests, and grey carbon trim for the dashboard and center console. As seen in the Avant, the front seats are Audi’s latest RS Sport units with aggressive side bolstering for proper support during spirited driving. The optional honeycomb pattern introduced on the Avant should be offered on the sedan as well.


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“Expect the sedan to benefit from the same options as the station wagon”

The flat-bottomed, RS-style steering wheel will also be wrapped in leather and complemented by white stitching and the usual “RS” badge. The latter will also adorn the shift gate and the illuminated door sills that should come standard with the car. There should also be an RS-specific display in the instrument cluster that indicates g-forces, tire pressure, and torque on top of the usual information you get in the more mundane A4 sedan.

Expect the sedan to benefit from the same options as the station wagon, including the styling packages that add carbon-fiber with aluminum or black accents. The Audi Exclusive program will handle any other special request for customers willing to invest a bit more in their RS4.

Of course, all of the above will come with a significantly smaller trunk due to the sedan body styles, but less luggage room will mean better dynamics and performance.

Drivetrain


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“The twin-turbocharged unit generates 450 horsepower and 443 pound-feet of torque”

If there’s one big change to talk about, it’s the engine. The RS4 Avant ditched the previous 4.2-liter V-8 for a newer, 2.9-liter V-6 and this is the same mill you will find under the hood of the RS4 sedan. The twin-turbocharged unit generates 450 horsepower and 443 pound-feet of torque, which is the same as the V-8 in terms of horsepower, but with an extra 126 pound-feet of torque.

The added torque and the fact that the new RS4 Avant is 176 pounds lighter that it’s predecessor, give the wagon a 0-to-62 mph sprint of only 4.1 seconds. I guess it’s safe to say that the sedan will be a tad quicker and hit the benchmark in four seconds flat or maybe even 3.9 clicks, which is more or less on par with competitors like the BMW M3, Mercedes-AMG C63, and the Cadillac ATS-V. Top speed should remain locked at the usual 155 mph, but the optional RS Dynamic package will lift the limit to 174 mph.


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“Just like in the wagon, the engine should mate to a Quattro AWD system and an eight-speed Tiptronic transmission”

Just like in the wagon, the engine should mate to a Quattro all-wheel-drive system and an eight-speed Tiptronic automatic transmission, both with significant upgrades compared to the outgoing model. Optionally, Audi will offer a rear sport differential. The options list will also include an RS Sport suspension with Dynamic Ride Control, ceramic brakes, and RS dynamic steering.

Average fuel consumption is rated at 8.8 liters per 100 km and it should remains about the same in the sedan. This converts to 26.7 U.S. mpg, but the official EPA ratings should be different. Either way, expect the sedan to boast an efficiency gain of around 17 percent over the outgoing RS4 Avant model.

Prices

When it hits dealerships, the RS4 will become the most expensive version of the A4 sedan. A lot more expensive than the base model actually, just like the RS4 Avant comes with a €46,100 premium compared to the entry-level A4 Avant. That’s €79,800 in Germany. Given the 136.8 percent premium and the base A4’s €31,850 sticker, it’s safe to assume that the RS4 sedan should start from around €75,400. Should it come to the U.S., expect it to cost somewhere between $65,000 and $70,000 before options.

Competition

BMW M3


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Arguably the most celebrated compact performance sedan, the BMW M3 is the car to beat in this niche. Although it’s already four years old as of 2017, the M3 is far from dated, unless you’re really picky about the company’s current interiors, which aren’t quite as fresh as Audi’s or Mercedes’. The German sedan’s exterior is downright sporty and it’s enhanced by a drivetrain that delivers solid performance on both the road on the track. The turbocharged, 3.0-liter inline-six unit is rated at 425 horsepower and 406 pound-feet, figures that aren’t as spectacular as the RS4’s. However, you shouldn’t let that fool you, because the M3 is quite fast from a standing start. While models equipped with the manual transmission hit 60 mph in 4.1 seconds, sedan fitted with teh dual-clutch automatic need on 3.9 ticks to hit the benchmark. And of course, unlike the RS4, the M3 can be had with a stick and three pedals, although this isn’t possible in the United States. Top speed is capped at the usual 155 mph. German pricing for the M3 starts at €77,500, but the sedan is also available in the U.S. from $65,500.

Read our full review of the BMW M3.

Mercedes-AMG C63


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Launched for the 2015 model year, the AMG C63 bring a balanced mix of aggressiveness and elegance to the table. While it looks like a shrunken S-Class, borrowing some of the big sedan’s elegance, the AMG-specific parts add a significant dose of sportiness front and rear. The AMG C63 also looks a bit more organic by design, which makes a slightly more exotic proposition than the M3. The Merc shines on the inside too, thanks to its S-Class-inspired cabin with the wide, shiny center console and the multi-layered dashboard. All of this, of course, on top of the premium materials and acres of leather on the seats and door panels. Thing are equally interesting under the hood, where the German sedan hides, unlike it’s competitors, a V-8 engine. The twin-turbo, 4.0-liter mill is available in two flavors, starting with the base model that cranks out a solid 476 horsepower and 479 pound-feet of twist. Get the C63 S and output jumps to 503 horses and 516 pound-feet of torque, more than any other competitor in this market. The sprint to 60 mph takes four seconds with the former and 3.9 clicks with the latter. Pricing begins from $66,100 and $73,700 in the U.S., respectively. In Germany, prices come in at €76,398 and €84,668, respectively.

Read our full review of the Mercedes-AMG C63.

Cadillac ATS-V


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Not only newer than the M3 and AMG C63, having been launched for the 2016 model year, the ATS-V is also the only American competitor for Germany’s finest compact sedan. The ATS itself is a new nameplate and Cadillac smallest vehicle yet, and was designed specifically to compete with the BMW 3 Series, Mercedes-Benz C-Class, and Audi A4. The ATS-V obviously goes against the M3, AMG C63, and RS4, and it has everything it takes to give them a run for their money, except brand prestige of course. The American sedan is also a breath of fresh air design wise, using loads of angular lines and some features inspired by the larger CTS model. The interior is a nice place to spend time in, being just as comfortable and well-equipped as the competition. Of course, the CTS-V comes with the mandatory sport seats, carbon-fiber trim, and the latest technology. Motivation is provided by a twin-turbo, 3.6-liter V-6 that cranks out 464 horsepower and 445 pound-feet of torque. This enables the sedan to hit 60 mph in 3.9 seconds, on its way to a top speed of 185 mph. The latter is a best-in-class figure. The ATS-V Sedan is priced from $60,695, making it the most affordable vehicle in this comparison.

Read our full review of the Cadillac ATS-V.

Conclusion


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The fact that the RS4 Sedan may make a comeback is incredible news on its own. Not only Audi needs a proper competitor for the BMW M3 and Mercedes-AMG C63, but the RS4 Sedan is very important vehicle that’s missing from both the A4 and the RS lineups. And judging by all the information we know about the new RS4 Avant, the sedan should be at least as good as the competition. The rumor that it may return to the United States makes everything that much better.

  • Leave it
    • No more V-8
    • Will be priced higher than ATS-V and M3
    • Not yet confirmed for the U.S. market

References

Audi RS4 Avant


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Read our full review on the 2018 Audi RS4 Avant.

Audi A4 Wagon


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PostHeaderIcon Audi RS4 And RS5 Carbon Editions

In a day and age where “special edition” models can mean just about anything under the sun, Audi has found a nifty trick to kill two birds with one stone by offering special edition models for the Audi RS4 Avant and the Audi RS5 Coupe. Officially, both models are have been designated as Carbon Editions, a nod to the smattering of carbon bits they received that help make them lighter and a bit more fun to drive on the open road.

The lightweight blueprint is a tried-and-tested one, and many automakers have taken that approach to squeeze out every ounce of improved performance they can out of their cars without having to pump more power out of the engines. Audi’s approach with the RS4 and RS5 Carbon Editions is similar by the sheer number of carbon fiber reinforced polymer add-ons both models received. The goal of replacing the standard parts with CFRP counterparts is to make both cars lighter, which is exactly what Audi accomplished. The RS4, for example, is now 80 kilos (176 pounds) lighter than its standard counterpart whereas the RS5 slashes 60 kilos (132 pounds) from its original weight. Does the weight loss spell massive improvements in performance? Not quite. But don’t think that these are “standard” RS4s and RS5s either. If anything, these two new special editions should be lighter on their feet, and we know what that equates to in the end.

Continue after the jump to read more about the Audi RS4 Avant and RS5 Coupe Carbon Editions.

What makes the Audi RS4 and RS5 Carbon Editions special?


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It’s not a sexy billing when you describe a special edition’s calling card as “lighter than the original.” There’s just nothing fancy about it. There’s no new aesthetic look, and certainly no extra horsepower to tout. But, not everything about cars is defined by looks and power, and that’s where the Audi RS4 and RS5 Carbon Editions come into the picture.

“Both received a menu of carbon-fiber-reinforced polymer details”

Both models still look largely like their standard counterparts. But they also received a menu of carbon-fiber-reinforced polymer details. Both models, for example, share new front spoilers, sill extensions, diffuser inserts, and door mirror casings. The two special edition models also benefit from receiving matte aluminum finishes for their respective radiator grilles. Each one also gets a privacy glass, window surrounds, and RS Matrix LED headlamps. Being the coupe of the two, the RS5 Carbon Edition also gets an exposed roof and a rear spoiler. The two special edition models also get the exclusive treat of having a set of one-piece milled 20-inch alloy wheels. This wheel set is not only new and exclusive to the Carbon Edition models, but they also provide weight savings of up to 8 kilos (18 pounds) compared to the standard wheels.


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Move inside both special edition models, and similar upgrades are also in the offing. From interior inlays featuring the same CFRP material to fine Nappa leather sports seats in black with contrast red stitching, the RS4 and RS5 Carbon Editions have both been dressed up to legitimately look the part of special edition models.

“It must be expected though that neither the RS4 nor the RS5 feature any power and performance enhancements”

It must be expected though that neither the RS4 nor the RS5 feature any power and performance enhancements. Both the models are still powered by the same 2.9-liter twin-turbocharged V-6 engine that pumps out 444 horsepower and 443 pound-feet of torque. Identical output aside, the RS4 is capable of sprinting from 0 to 62 mph in 4.1 seconds while the RS5 is 0.2 seconds quicker at 3.9 ticks. Top speed also remains at 155 mph for both models, though if customers avail of the option, Audi can lift the limiter up to unleash a 174-mph top speed for both models.


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The two Carbon Edition models are available in the UK, each with a price that’s understandably higher than their standard counterparts. The RS4 Avant Carbon Edition, for example, costs £71,625, or about $95,700 based on current exchange rates. That price point is higher by £10,000 ($13,360) over the standard RS4 Avant. Likewise, the RS5 Coupe Carbon Edition will sell for £75,400, or just over $100,000. Do the math, and that’s a premium of around £12,500 ($16,700) over the regular RS5 Coupe.

It’s unclear how many RS4 Avant and RS Coupe Carbon Editions Audi plans to sell, though we can at least be certain that none of them will find their way into the US market. That could still change depending on where the wind is blowing in Ingolstadt, but if history is an indication of the company’s allocation of these models, don’t expect any good news in that regard.

References

Audi RS4 Avant


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Read our full review on the 2018 Audi RS4 Avant.

Audi RS5 Coupe


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Read our full review on the Audi RS5 Coupe.


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PostHeaderIcon Audi RS4 Avant

Introduced in 1999, the Audi RS4 placed itself at the top of Audi’s compact car lineup. With a sportier, more aerodynamic exterior, exclusive features on the inside, and a more powerful engine, the RS4 quickly became a solid competitor for the BMW M3. However, unlike BMW, Audi also built a wagon version a created a brand-new niche for performance grocery getters. The RS4 Avant become such an important car in the Audi lineup, that the third-generation RS4 didn’t even get a sedan version. Come 2017 and a brand-new generation RS4 arrived, also introduced with an Avant variant only.

Essentially a beefed-up version of the latest A4 wagon, which already sports Audi’s new design language with more angular features, the RS4 Avant gained a brand-new engine that smaller, but more potent than the outgoing unit. The new performance wagon is also lighter than its predecessor, which had quite a few issues when compared to the awesome Mercedes-AMG C63 Estate. All told, Audi finally has a proper competitor for the souped-up Merc and we will find out what it brings to the table in the review below.

Continue reading to learn more about the 2018 Audi RS4 Avant.

PostHeaderIcon Rendering: Audi RS4 Ute Is a Surprisingly Good Idea!

Audi RS4 Ute

Being an Australian contribution to the world of motoring, Utes are traditionally based on massive muscle cars with big engines, stuff that can handle the hardships of the Australian way of life. But what if they were more sophisticated, like this Audi RS4 Ute you see here?

Now, some of may thing it’s a terrible idea to turn a sports sedan, or estate, into a pickup truck. But if you think about it, Audi RS4 Ute actually makes some sense. The car has a powerful engine. It has four-wheel-drive. And Audi’s legendary quality means it can take whatever outback punishment you can throw at it without falling into pieces.  This car would be the ideal Ute for the polished and sophisticated outback farmer, if such a thing existed.

Just about the only problem we see with it is the cost. The RS4 is an expensive piece of machinery and if you were to convert it into a Ute, it would cost even more. It is also expensive to maintain, as all high performance cars are.  So in a way, Audi RS4 Ute runs in the face of everything the Utes stand for, which is a cheap and cheerful all-in-one sort of a vehicle. You can’t deny it would make a coolass cruiser though!

Design by Rain Prisk Designs

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PostHeaderIcon Mcchip Audi RS4 Packs 580 Horsepower

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In one of their latest full-fat power upgrade projects the boys at Mcchip-DKR tuning center took an Audi RS4 B8 and after only five hours turned it into an RS6 Slayer. Mcchip Audi RS4 is capable of developing 580 horsepower, hence the name “mc850”.

Of course, this project is not the usual Mccihp-DKR treat in which they yank out a car’s ECU, modify its chips, and then put it back in again, increasing the output by 20 or 30 horsepower. This one is a complete program involving a new exhaust system, upgraded cooling system, and above all, a big, meaty supercharger.

The 4.2 FSI V8 engine in Mcchip Audi RS4 is equipped with a Whipple Kompressor (supercharger) kit which includes a lot of accessories, from specials pulleys and belts to its own radiator. This bad boy is complemented with stainless steel sport exhaust system from Capristo and, of course, Mcchip’s own software.

The end result of these modifications is a serious gain, boosting the output from 580 horsepower with 555 Nm of torque. That is about as much power as you get from an Audi RS6, in a car that is smaller and lighter. So it ought to make things interesting performance-wise.

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PostHeaderIcon New South Wales Police Gets an Audi RS4

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Another Australian Police department gets a nice and fast exotic car to help them do more community service and engage the youth. This time it’s the South Wales Police and the car they are getting is an Audi RS4 Avant with a special livery.

The livery for New South Wales Police Audi RS4 was picked by Audi Facebook fans based on the standard NSW Police car livery. With blue checkered flags on the sills and bumpers, which actually make the car look more like a street racer than a police cruiser.

As is usually the case, the exotic car will not be used to chase criminal. The 420 horsepower Audi RS4 will be used by Lake Illawarra Local Area Command of the New South Wales Police Force to support a variety of community and youth engagement programs. Put simply, the point of this car is to make the Police look cool and fun, so the youth would find it easier interacting with them.

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“The Audi RS 4 provides an exciting and visible platform for our community and youth engagement activities,” said Superintendent Wayne Starling, Commander of Lake Illawarra LAC. “Our use of the RS 4 will encourage people of all ages to introduce themselves to local police, using the car itself to help start up a conversation.”

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PostHeaderIcon 2017 Audi RS4 Avant Imagines with New Grille and Aero Parts

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We have already shown you what the 2017 Audi RS4 may look like in these speculative renderings by X-Tomi. Now the other prominent renderer of our age, Theophilus Chin, has had a go at this, and here is what he proposes.

I think it is fair to say that in terms of coolness, Chin kicks X-Tomi’s ass. The 2017 Audi RS4 Avant Theo has imagined looks so incredibly hot we wouldn’t be at all surprised if tuners steal his idea and try to make a body kit based on it. But as regards the feasibility of the thing, we’re not so sure.

You see, Audi is a very conservative company when it comes to design. I mean, their idea of a facelift is slightly changing the shape of the headlights. They shun drastic changes, and that is exactly what this RS4 proposes. Chin wants the 2017 Audi RS4 to feature all new grille and bumpers, which is probably not going to happen. X-Tomi’s RS4 has a better chance of being seen in the real world simply because it is not outlandish.

Still, Chin’s effort provides us with something really cool to look at and as mentioned it might even inspire some tuners to make a body kit based on it. Cheers, Theo!

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Rendering by Theophilus Chin

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PostHeaderIcon 2017 Audi RS4 Rendered in Sedan and Avant Guises

2017 Audi RS4 Sedan

So a few after days after the debut of the new-generation Audi A4 we get the first renderings of the high-performance variants of the car in both sedan and wagon (Avant) body styles. We are of course talking about the next Audi RS4, arriving in about two years time.

Before this car is even green-lighted though we are going to get a mildly hotted-up version of the A4 called the S4, most likely powered by a turbocharged 3.0 liter V6 engine in stead of the current V8 unit. Audi is apparently going the way of downsizing.

And that brings us to the speculation about the powertrain that will be used in the 2017 Audi RS4. The engine has always been the defining feature of the RS4 and if it’s going to be rubbish then they might as well ditch the whole thing. That said, we know from history that Audi has always been good at extracting big power from small engines. So the car is probably not going disappoint horsepower-wise.

Another advantage of employing a smaller engine in the Audi RS4 we can think of is weight. A lighter lump at the front not only results in a more agile car, it should also enhance the handling by reducing Audi’s infamous understeer tendencies.

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Rendering by X-Tomi Design

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PostHeaderIcon Audi RS4 Avant

With Audi having already launched the new-generation 2016 Audi A4 sedan and A4 Avant, we can’t help but wonder when will the high-performance RS versions of both vehicles will follow. While the previous-generation RS4 didn’t include a sedan, the package was available for the wagon. Unfortunately, the Germans were against bringing it to the U.S., leaving us with only the A4-based 2013 Audi allroad as the only Audi-badged grocery-getter. There’s no doubt Ingolstadt will offer a new RS4 Avant, but what will it look like and what engine will get under the hood?

To be honest, it’s not much of a mystery. Given that previous RS cars were heavily based on their standard counterparts, it’s safe to assume that the new RS4 Avant will also be a beefed-up A4 wagon, which already sports Audi’s new design language with more angular line front and rear. The numerous prototypes that were spied testing on public roads in recent month also come to confirm just that, leaving only performance data and minor touches inside the cabin in the vault.

As to when a new RS4 Avant would hit the streets, it should happen sometime in 2017. That’s because even though the outgoing, B8-generation A4 is eight years old, the current RS4 Avant has only been around since 2012. Audi will likely want to keep it around a while longer. There are also rumors that Audi may want to bring the RS4 sedan back to give the 2016 BMW M3 and the 2015 Mercedes-AMG C63 a run for their money, but that’s another story for another time.

Updated 03/28/2017: Our spy photographers caught the upcoming Audi RS4 Avant out for a new testing session, this time on the roads next to Nurburgring.

Continue reading to learn more about the next Audi RS4 Avant.


PostHeaderIcon Audi Temporarily Discontinues the RS4 Avant and RS5

The Audi RS family is now short by two members, according to a report out of Germany. The claim is that the German automaker has temporarily discontinued the 2013 Audi RS4 Avant and the 2014 Audi RS5 Coupe and 2014 Audi RS5 Cabriolet.

What’s odd about this report is the timing. You see, the A4 and A5 are set for updates in 2016, and their respective RS versions will not arrive until 2017. This means that there will be a full two years before the new versions of these models roll out.

On the surface, there isn’t a very good reason for discontinuing these two with such a large gap between now and the production restart. Obviously, there is more to this than meets the eye, but I am drawing a blank as to what the other reasons could be.

For those of you who simply cannot wait until 2017, the S4 and S5 will get their refresh in 2016 as well. This way, you can get at least a taste of Audi performance without waiting too awfully long.

To make matters worse, if you were planning on running out and picking up one of these discontinued models now, you may be out of luck. According to the report, Audi has already stopped production and is not taking any more orders of these two RS models. So, you had better hope that dealers in your area have a little leftover stock.

I hope that we’ll have some updates on the next-generation RS4 and RS5 soon, but I don’t recommend holding your breath.

Continue reading for the full story.


PostHeaderIcon Gallery: Merlin Purple Audi RS4 on Vossen Wheels

Merlin Purple Audi RS4-0

Americans aren’t really that into station wagon cars. Their roads are huge and if they need a practical car with a big boot, they just go and buy an SUV. But those of them who like the idea of a wagon, go to enormous length to create the perfect one. This Audi RS4 is one such thing; a man’s idea of a perfect estate car.

This car apparently started life as a normal A4 Avant. It was then converted to an Audi RS4 by a body shop called De’ Caudella using bumpers, rear quarters, doors, and front fenders imported front Europe. They then resprayed the whole thing in Merlin Purple which is an Audi Exclusive color, and voila, the sickest station wagon in America was created.

The work wasn’t done after that though, because as you know Americans are huge fans of high-end aftermarket wheels. It’s a multi-million dollar business these days and it’s showing no sign of slowing down. For this project the creators went to Vossen Wheels and ordered a custom set of their retro-cool their limited-edition VLE-1 wheels in 20×10.5? sizing on all four corners, finished in Silver Metallic.

An air suspension system was the last mod this Merlin Purple Audi RS4 needed to become the handsome thing you see in the gallery below:

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Merlin Purple Audi RS4-11
Merlin Purple Audi RS4-12

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PostHeaderIcon 2007 Audi RS 4 Flips at Willow Springs: Video

The 2007 Audi RS4 is a great car and Willow Springs Raceway is one heck of a track, but both can get even experienced drivers into a heap of trouble fast. This lesson was learned by Tim Bucklin, who lost his RS4 during a recent track day event. Now, I’m definitely not here to poke fun at this guy’s misfortune. Not only do I respect him for facing the harsh criticism of YouTube commenters, but the best part about this video is the driver’s breakdown of what he did wrong – perhaps sparing others from the same fate.

It isn’t clear how fast Bucklin was going when he entered Turn 9, but after turning into the apex early, the car understeers and gets too wide on the exit resulting in both left side tires getting off the track. With the steering wheel still turned to the right, the car shoots back across the track sliding into what looks like soft, deep sand, which sheers off the left front wheel and sends the car into a barrel roll where the car flips over at least two times.

Now, I’ve driven on plenty of racetracks, but, unfortunately, Willow Springs is not among them, but that final turn does seem extremely challenging. Bucklin describes the right-hand corner as having a late apex and decreasing radius, and the amount of skid marks exiting the turn are proof of just how tricky the turn is.

Although the RS4 received heavy damage, the passenger compartment held up impressively well. In fact, Bucklin said that he escaped the wreck with only a bruised arm, stiff neck and mild concussion.

Continue reading to learn more about the 2007 Audi RS 4.

2007 Audi RS 4 Flips at Willow Springs: Video originally appeared on topspeed.com on Friday, 27 March 2015 14:00 EST.

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