Audi has made the decision to cut a sedan variant out of its upcoming RS4 models and strictly release an Avant body style for European markets.
“We will continue with the RS4 Avant, which has traditionally accounted for the majority of European sales,” says the boss of Audi’s quattro division, Stephan Riel, “but our research suggests the market for a saloon version is now rather limited.”
The decision is backed by the fact that sales have always been better for the Avant variants, and of the three preceding generations, only the last one came in a four-door body style.
Power for the next generation will come from the same 4.2-liter V8 motor borrowed from the RS5 that powered the last one, with 444hp and 317 lb-ft of torque, with a 28hp drop. The motor is coupled with a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission, as the six-speed manual gearbox has been dropped.
Stopping power has been upgraded with ‘wave-style’ discs that are designed with indents around the edge, with the intent to reduce weight. Quattro four-wheel drive has not been left out and includes rear-axel torque adjustment.
– By: Alexandra Koken