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2020 RS4 Avant Gets A Smaller V6 Heart But More Horses!


New Avant packs a smaller V6 engine that is more powerful than the outgoing V8 on the current version

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  • The new RS4 Avant comes with a 2.9-litre V6 engine that produces 450PS and 600Nm.
  • It does 0-100kmph in 4.1 seconds and maxes out at 280kmph.
  • Audi’s Drive Select System enables adjustment of various parameters to enhance your driving experience.
  • It gets a host of RS styling elements inside and out to make it that much more attractive.

Just a few weeks back, Audi had revealed its mini green hulk, the RS Q3. Now, the carmaker has taken the wraps off another car from the same universe, the RS4 Avant. Well, it isn’t exactly a new car but the RS variant of the facelifted Audi A4 that was unveiled a while back. So, let’s see what the RS4 Avant packs for you. 

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Replacing the previous iteration’s 4.2-litre naturally aspirated (NA) V8 motor is a new 2.9-litre twin turbo V6 engine. Yes, the heart is smaller by two less cylinders. However, the smaller twin-turbo unit develops 450PS of power and 600Nm of torque — 6PS and 156Nm more than the V8 unit. An added advantage comes in the form of the V6 unit being lighter than the V8 by a full 32 kilograms. All of this means enhanced performance and the numbers reflect that. The 0-100kmph figure is dispatched in 4.1 seconds. Pedal to metal, the RS4 Avant maxes out at 280kmph with the optional Audi RS dynamic package. 

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Helping the RS4 Avant achieve these figures is Audi’s quattro all-wheel drive tech and eight-speed automatic gearbox. And to enhance your driving experience further is Audi’s Drive Select system that alters various parameters in your RS4 based on your needs. You can also get Optional Dynamic Ride Control that alters the dampers based on the road surface or the optional dynamic steering for quicker steering response with the help of ESC during hard cornering. 

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Viewing the RS4 Avant head-on makes it look like a shrunk-down RS7, which is no bad thing. The nose is dominated by a wider honey-comb mesh grille, flanked by Audi’s Matrix LED headlamps with sleek DRLs. In profile, you’ll notice that the RS4 Avant’s five-spoke alloy wheels are so slim that the red brake callipers can’t be left unnoticed while the dual exhaust and sleek LED tail lamps top the look. Additional styling packs will also be available. The noted ones include the black package and the carbon fibre package that is applied tastefully at certain places. 

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Inside, the RS4 Avant shares its dashboard layout with the standard A4. That means, you don’t get that touchscreen-based central console seen in its bigger siblings. However, the sportier RS elements spruce things up. This includes a RS-specific virtual cockpit, steering wheel and MMi infotainment system. The RS-specific steering wheel also comes with a RS button where you can have pre-set drive modes. Other highlights include sports seats and the stealth red streaks of ambient lighting.

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Prices for the RS4 Avant start from EUR 81,400 (Rs 63.32 lakh) with deliveries slated to start in Europe by November. The introduction of the 2020 RS4 Avant makes it the fifth out of six new Audi RS models to launch this year. The last and final model that’s expected to hit roads is the Audi RS Q8 that has already been caught testing. So stay tuned to ZigWheels for further updates.

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