Published: Tue, September 12, 2017
Science | By Cecil Little

Frankfurt Motor Show 2017: Audi RS 4 Avant launched, priced from £61625

Frankfurt Motor Show 2017: Audi RS 4 Avant launched, priced from £61625

Prices for the new RS 4 Avant start from 79,800 euros.

Audi says it has looked back at sporting Audis of the past, as well as to the future, when designing the RS4 Avant.

After dropping the veils off the limited edition R8 V10 RWS last night, Audi has now presented the new generation RS4 Avant, at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show. The optional Matrix LED headlights display tinted bezels. The rear features a bespoke diffuser, a pair of oval tailpipes for the RS-specific exhaust and there's a spoiler for the trailing-edge of the roof, too. Its peak torque of 600 Nm (442.5 lb-ft) - 170 Nm (125.4 lb-ft) more than the previous model - is available across a broad engine speed range from 1,900 to 5,000 rpm.

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The power of the 2.9 TFSI biturbo is supplied to the permanent all-wheel drive via an eight-speed tiptronic transmission with optimised ratios. The top speed is 250 kph.

That all adds up to promisingly appealing performance, with 62mph hit in just 4.1 seconds and on to 174mph (if you shell out for Audi to take off the restrictor by opting for the Dynamic Package), and economy improved (at least officially) to 32.1mpg.

As standard, United Kingdom cars come with Audi Virtual Cockpit - a fully-digital instrument binnacle - as well as a sport differential and 19-inch alloy wheels. With up to 32.1mpg and emissions as low as 199g per kilometre of Carbon dioxide possible meanwhile, it's - on paper at least - much more efficient than the old vehicle. The auto sits on suspension 7mm lower than the standard sports suspension of other A4 models and Audi's "drive select" system is fitted, enabling you to personalise steering and throttle response.

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The Audi RS4 Avant will go on sale in the United Kingdom after Frankfurt, with first customer cars due in early 2018. For a bit of extra poise, you can specify Dynamic Ride Control for the suspension, ceramic brakes and sportier steering. Drivers can define their own individual personal driving experience using the standard dynamic handling system Audi drive select.

Three interior trim packages will be available - gloss-black, carbon and black or carbon with aluminium, while Audi's "exclusive" personalisation program offers further scope for customisation. In the Audi virtual cockpit which is standard in the UK, RS-specific displays indicate the g-forces, tyre pressures and torque.

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