Next week ushers in the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show, where some of the biggest debuts from German automakers will occur. One of those debuts, and quite possibly the most exciting for Audi fans, will be the fourth-generation Audi RS4 Avant. While the four-ringed brand hasn’t come outright and said the RS4 will debut in Frankfurt, it did say “Audi Sport GmbH will be celebrating two world premieres as part of IAA 2017. The fourth generation of the high-performance Avant is another impressive chapter in the success story of the first RS model, the RS2 Avant.”
Considering that there isn’t a new Audi A6 for an upcoming RS6 to be based on yet, this has to be the Audi RS4 mentioned here. So expect to see the B9-gen RS4 Avant debut in Frankfurt, which is incredibly exciting.
Being that Audi hasn’t come out and said officially that the RS4 Avant will dawn in Frankfurt, we don’t have any official information. Though, it’s not hard to speculate. The Audi RS5 Coupe is likely where we can look to see what sort of powertrain and specs the RS4 will have. So it’s likely to have a 2.9 liter twin-turbocharged V6 with 450 hp and 443 lb-ft, which will be paired with an eight-speed automatic gearbox. That powertrain will likely allow it to get from 0-60 mph in about 4 seconds. The RS5 can do it in around 3.8 – 3.9 but the RS4 Avant will be a bit heavier.
We’re expecting the Audi RS4 Avant to be the better overall car than the RS5 as well. The latter has been heavily scrutinized since its launch for being too calm, too comfortable and too relaxed. Sure, it’s brutally fast but it lacks the excitement of the previous-gen car. As the RS4 Avant is a four-door wagon with good cargo space and room for the family, a more relaxed nature is probably a good thing. So it will be like every other RS4 Avant — damn quick in a straight line, tenacious grip and fun to drive but can switch off and haul the family in impressive comfort and luxury.
The Frankfurt Motor Show starts next week and the new Audi RS4 Avant will debut there, among other new Audis. So stay tuned and keep checking back next week for more updates.