Audi had quite a day at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show, debuting two massively exciting sports cars. One of which was a bit of a surprise, the Audi R8 V10 RWS, but the other we sort of knew about, the Audi RS4 Avant. While we knew the latter would be debuted in Frankfurt, it’s arguably more exciting than the rear-wheel drive R8. Reason being that the RS4 Avant is more accessible to more average folks. It isn’t a six-figure supercar that only a select few very wealthy people can afford. The RS4 Avant is also far more usable, being that it can be used everyday, all the time, in any sort of weather. But it can still thrill like a proper sports car.
We were thankfully able to attend the Frankfurt Motor Show, so we were able to see the RS4 Avant in person. It’s a very handsome wagon that blends aggressive performance and practical, everyday usability. It also doesn’t look too crazy or racey. It’s more subdued. For instance, a BMW M3 looks like an absolute hooligan by comparison, for better or worse, as it depends on your preference. But for something that is going to be used everyday and carry both your family and your luggage, the RS4’s subdued looks are probably preferable.
It’s hard to argue against the cabin, though. It’s stunning. With rich leather everywhere, incredible build quality and just enough sporty touches to remind you that you’re driving something that’s properly quick. The Audi RS5 Coupe has essentially the same cabin but it looks a bit bland in that car, its exterior is so aggressive. So the contrast is weird. But this cabin just makes so much sense in the RS4, as its exterior is just as calm.
Under the hood of the RS4 lies a 2.9 liter twin-turbocharged V6 engine that makes 450 hp and 442 lb-ft of torque. That engine sends power through an eight-speed automatic to all four wheels. According to Audi, the RS4 Avant can get from 0-60 mpg in 4.1 seconds. It might be able to do it a bit quicker than that but, considering the RS5 Coupe is lighter and does it in 3.9 seconds, this sounds about right.
The Audi RS4 Avant is shaping up to be a superb all-around car that we’re very excited to drive. Until then, check out these live photos from Frankfurt.