Audi has wasted no time in introducing the facelift RS4 Avant, regardless of how recent the outgoing model has been enjoyed by enthusiasts and petrolheads.
Major changes to the exterior design have been granted to the front section which has been completely redesigned to now feature a wider and flatter singleframe grille, redesigned LED headlamps, whilst gloss black elements next to the headlamps completes the revised front end. Buyers can also opt for different exterior packages ranging from the High Gloss black front design package, Carbon Styling Package, Carbon mirror housings or Red brake callipers at an extra cost. A large Panoramic glass roof is a must option for serious buyers. The large wheel arches house standard 19inch alloy wheels, with larger 20inch wheels also available as optional.
The interior retains the high quality well laid out cabin also found on the previous model. These include electrically operated RS sport leather seats with a standard honeycomb pattern (Fine Nappa leather is optional). The flat-bottomed leather steering wheel with multifunction controls that now includes a new “RS MODE” button that actuates the two RS1 and RS2 modes. The shift gate and the illuminated door sills get RS emblems. The RS4 comes standard with virtual cockpit and MMI Navigation Plus but you will pay a bit extra for the head-up display. RS-specific displays indicate the g-forces, tire pressures and torque. LED ambient lighting, Bang & Olufsen multi-speaker sound comes standard.
Power remains unchanged, with the updated model still churning out a notable 331kW and 600Nm of torque from the same 2.9litre TFSI BiTurbo V6 unit that also powers the RS5 and Porsche models. Enthusiasm is transferred to all wheels (Quattro) via an 8-speed Tiptronic automatic. 0-100km/h is achieved in a claimed 4.1 seconds with a limited top speed of 250km/h (280km/h with RS Dynamic package). Fuel efficiency claims are 8.8l/100km.
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