➤ New Audi RS4 Avant features aggressive estate styling and an upgraded infotainment system. Order books open in November and first deliveries are expected in late Q1/20.
The Audi RS4 Avant has been refreshed to bring it into line with the rest of the Audi A4 range. To tell the RS4 apart, it gets a muscular body kit and a raft of mechanical changes. The new Audi will receive its first public airing at the DTM Touring Car Championship decider later this week and it’ll be available to order from November.
As with all of Audi RS performance models, the new RS4 looks much more aggressive than the regular A4. Wider wheel arches and side skirts are present, along with larger 19-inch alloy wheels and sportier front and rear bumpers.
The front air intakes are larger and the grille is flatter, frameless and painted in gloss black. Around the back, the rear bumper features a new diffuser and the two oval exhaust pipes typical of Audi RS models.
The 2.9-litre V6 petrol engine is carried over from the pre-facelifted model. It has two turbochargers and 444hp, which gets the car from 0-62mph in 4.1 seconds and on to a limited top speed of 155mph. An eight-speed automatic gearbox is standard, as is an all-wheel drive system that sends most of the power to the rear wheels – although it can send up to 85 per cent of the power to the front wheels when required.
Audi has also fettled the steering, fitted lowered sports suspension and upgraded the brakes so that the RS4 corners and stops as well as it performs in a straight line. A set of 400mm ceramic brakes are optional, and you can also add adaptive dampers, 20-inch wheels, a sports exhaust system and Matrix LED headlights. You can choose to have the RS badges removed for added discretion, while picking the RS Dynamic pack increases the car’s top speed to 174mph.
Most of the interior is carried over from the previous car, so it still has supportive sports seats, a flat-bottomed steering wheel, red detailing and RS graphics on the Virtual Cockpit. The most notable alteration is a new 10.1-inch touchscreen MMI infotainment system, replacing the previous screen that was controlled by a dial. Audi says the voice control function is sophisticated enough to recognise ‘normal’ speech.
Audi says there will be a standard RS4 Avant and a Vorsprung edition, both of which will have the same powerplant and performance figures, but the Vorsprung will offer more standard equipment.
To pre-register your interest in the refreshed 2020 Audi RS4 Avant, please call our friendly customer service team on 0161 826 9716.