The Audi RS4 Avant is known for being a killer daily performance car. Not only is it capable of munching most sports cars in a straight line but it’s also comfortable, quiet, refined and practical. Thanks to its wagon body style and capacious trunk, the RS4 can shuttle five adults and a dog at 150 mph on the Autobahn no problem. However, as it turns out, Audi’s smallest fast wagon is also quite handy on a race track.
In this new video from Sport Auto, the Audi RS4 Avant can lap the Mendig AFB Circuit faster than an Aston Martin DB11 and some other genuinely exciting sports cars.
For instance, with a lap time of 1:54.45, the 2020 Audi RS4 Avant, with professional driver Christian Menzel at the helm, was also faster than the Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio, Porsche Panamera GTS, Lotux Exige S and even the Mercedes-MG E63 S. That’s impressive from a comfy family hauler.
Admittedly, there are also a lot of cars on the list faster than the RS4 Avant, some of which are even in its price range. Still, the RS4 Avant has proven that it’s a capable sports car that can hang with the best in the business.
What’s surprising is that it does that with relatively little power, compared to its direct rivals. With a 2.9 liter twin-turbocharged V6, the Audi RS4 Avant makes 444 horsepower and 442 lb-ft of torque. Compared to the aforementioned Alfa, Mercedes-AMG C63 and new BMW M3 — all of which have over 500 horsepower — the RS4 is outgunned. Yet even still, it ended up being faster than quite a few reall fast cars. So track driving might not be Audi’s main priority with the RS4 (in fact, it’s probably extremely far down on Audi’s list) but it seems as if the four-ringed brand has designed a car capable of it anyway.