Audi RS4 Avant breaks cover

Article George Chapman
Feb 15, 2012

Images of new Audi RS4 Avant estate are released prior to Geneva Motor Show debut.

The third-generation Audi RS4 Avant estate debuts at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show in March. In the meantime, Audi has released these official images.

The RS4 is powered by the same 444bhp 4.2-litre V8 petrol engine that powers the RS5 Coupe and will be sold as an Avant estate only. With Launch Control activated, it is capable of 0-62mph in 4.7 seconds and can reach a limited top speed of 155mph. However, buyers can opt to remove the limiter, raising the top speed to 174mph.

The flagship A4 Avant is fitted with Audi's quattro permanent four-wheel-drive system and seven-speed S tronic transmission as standard - the latter is capable of operating as a paddle-shift manual or full automatic.

Audi's Drive Select system also allows drivers to choose from three modes that control steering, transmission and throttle response.

From the outside, the RS4 Avant is easily recognised by its flared wheel arches, standard 19 or optional 20-inch alloy wheels, LED daytime running lights and sporty side skirts. At the rear, the RS4 features two oval tailpipes surrounded by an aerodynamic diffuser.

The cabin also receives several features unique to the RS4. Standard spec includes black carbon trim, a flat-bottomed steering wheel and electric heated front sport seats trimmed in leather and suede.

With the rear seats folded flat, the load area measures 1,430 litres and includes a rail system for securing luggage.

Exact specifications and prices will be announced nearer to launch.

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