Practicality meets performance in the new RS4 Avant from Audi.
The saying ‘never judge a book by its cover’ has never rung truer than with the all-new RS4 Avant from Audi. The fourth edition of this legendary model is certainly here to make a point! In Audi terms, Avant is their description of a station wagon. Who knows, the name may take its inspiration from the term ‘En Avant’, which means forward, or in front. Leading the battle troops. Front of the pack. The new RS4 Avant is just that — it’s forward thinking and most definitely leading from the front within the wagon group.
Hello, Good Looking
As you come face to face with the new model, you are greeted with a signature RS grille. When compared with the last RS4 model, the wheel housings have been widened by 30 millimetres, lending a more quattro feel to the look. Moving to the back, the RS roof spoiler creates a bold talking point for the overall look and feel of the car. The exhaust pipes are refined with oval tips, heightening the mean look for the RS exhaust system.
Under the Hood
The new Audi RS4 Avant packs a 2.9 TFSI V6 twin turbo engine that delivers 331 kW with a maximum torque of 600 Nm–170 Nm — significantly more power than its predecessor. This allows for a 0-100km/h target to be hit in just 4.1 seconds. The top speed is limited to 250 km/h. That said, if you opt for the optional RS dynamic package, your top speed will increase to a formidable 280 km/h. Not bad for a ‘station wagon’.
Other than the obvious ample space for a family and their luggage, the RS4 Avant is packed with some awesome standards. From the LED headlights and rear lights to the amazing RS sports suspension, and a whopping 20-inch aluminium forged alloy wheels, the list goes on. The Nappa leather-covered RS sport seats set the mood for the drive. Continuing with a sporty feel, the flat-bottomed multifunction sports steering wheel and stainless-steel pedals make you feel like a modern-day Senna, ready for action. Couple those features (and many more) with a Bang & Olufsen sound system with 3D sound and Audi smartphone interface, and that long-awaited road trip never looked better.
Rands and Sense
The RS4 Avant quattro Tiptronic will set you back around R1.2 million. Money well spent. The Audi RS4 Avant comes standard with the 5 year/100 000km Audi Freeway Plan and the price is inclusive of all taxes.