The murdered-out look appears to be back in fashion as we’re seeing more and more cars dipped in black. Case in point, the 2020 Audi RS4 Avant facelift has been given the dark treatment and an ABT aftermarket package before heading to Forggensee, Germany for a photo and video shoot. Captured on camera by Auditography, the sinister-looking super wagon looks like something Darth Vader would drive.
It’s got all the fixings from ABT, varying from the tuner’s 20-inch wheels and roof-mounted rear spoiler to the quad exhaust system and a coilover suspension. The latter brings the performance wagon closer to the road by as much as 40 millimeters (nearly 1.6 inches) for a more aggressive stance. Of course, the main highlight of the tuning program is the power upgrade for the twin-turbo 2.9-liter V6 engine.
With the ABT Power S kit implemented, the engine’s output is bumped from 450 to 530 horsepower while the torque grows considerably from the series 600 to 680 Newton-meters (443 to 502 pound-feet). Thanks to the newly gained muscle, the RS4 Avant facelift did the 0 to 62 mph (100 km/h) run in 3.55 seconds, which is basically supercar territory.
Because the RS6 Avant is getting all the attention these days, some might have forgotten its little brother, especially since it remains a forbidden fruit in the United States. The RS6 might be the more desirable car of the two, but do you really need all that power? The RS4 still packs plenty of punch and has a more compact size, which makes it easier to live with on a daily basis.
There’s also the issue of pricing considering the RS6 is a whopping €36,100 more expensive at home in Germany compared to the RS4 Avant facelift. With that kind of money, one could purchase a decently equipped A3 Sportback to use around the city. That said, it’s perfectly understandable why someone would pay the premium for the RS6, especially since its little brother can’t be had stateside.
It’s the same story with Mercedes-AMG as while the E63 Estate is sold in North America, the C63 Estate isn’t.