Frankfurt 2017: Audi uncovers RS4 Avant

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2018 Audi RS 4 Avant unveiled with 2.9 twin-turbo V6

Audi's new RS4 is among the brand's new stars at the 2017 Frankfurt motor show and will arrive in showrooms across Europe from early 2018.

If that's how you think - and a properly practical, not too big, appealing estate auto with supercar performance appeals - then this 2018 Audi RS4 Avant will be right up your street.

In the combined cycle test the RS 4 Avant is able to return up to 32.1mpg with Carbon dioxide emissions of 199g/km. It will come with a 2.9L TFSI engine that delivers 450 hp and 600 Nm of torque, and it gets quattro hence the power of the V6 biturbo goes to all four wheels.

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It's based on the current A4 platform which provides the new RS4 Avant with a very good starting point, for the standard model and the current S4 are night and day improvements over their predecessors.

Top speed is nominally limited to 155mph, though buyers can order the new Audi Sport model with an optional RS dynamic package that raises it to 174mph. By comparison, the old model was rated at 26.4mpg and 249g/km.

A stalwart of the junior super estate sector it's fair to say the RS4 has had an up and down success rate. "It blends power with superlative utility". While efficiency gains are, for the most part, due to the smaller V6 engine, the reduced curb weight of the new RS 4 (minus 80 kg for a total of 1,790 kg/3,946 lb) also contributes to that. The sharply chiselled front bumper with the large air inlets gives the RS4 Avant a sporty demeanour.

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The RS4 has standard sports suspension, which makes it sit 7mm lower than a regular A4 Avant and Audi's Drive Select driving mode system is standard. RS sport suspension plus with Dynamic Ride Control (DRC) is available as an option, as are ceramic brakes and RS-specific dynamic steering.

On the inside, the Audi RS4 Avant has been fitted with sports seats, a flat-bottomed steering wheel, illuminated door sills. Audi's new "virtual cockpit" instrument screen is standard, and features read-outs for g-force, tire pressure, and torque output. On the continent, it's priced at €79,800, which translates into roughly £72k in Blighty. United Kingdom pricing has yet to be announced.

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