We’ve already seen the upcoming Audi S4 and S4 Avant, which both look excellent. But so far, we’ve yet to see the Audi RS4 or RS4 Avant in action. Until now that is. Auto Express recently caught some spy shots of the Audi RS4 Avant driving while wearing some pretty extensive camouflage. We don’t have the spy shots ourselves, but you can check them out here.
The RS4 was never all that visually distinct from the standard S4. That’s always been a trademark of RS models, they’re always pretty understated and reserved in their design and styling. This is either a good thing or a bad thing, depending on your taste. We happen to like the reserved styling of most RS models, as it adds a layer of anonymity, with people not being able to immediately tell that it’s such a high-performance car.
This RS4 Avant looks to be following that trend, as it looks almost identical to the Audi S4 Avant. There seems to be larger front lower air intakes and a more aggressive front lip, but other than that, we can’t make anything else out. Overall, it does look very good, though, much like the Audi S4 Avant. It should be the best-looking fast wagon on the market when it debuts.
Powering the Audi RS4 should be a twin-turbocharged 3.0 liter V6 engine with possible electric turbocharging technology that should produce around 480-500 hp. The electric turbocharger would be powered by a separate battery that recharges itself from braking, which makes it very efficient. Being that the turbocharger will be spooled electrically, it can provide torque from zero rpm, giving the RS4 a significant boost in low-end thrust. The only real downfall of this technology is its cost. According to Dr. Ulrich Hakenburg, “This electrical system would only be used on the very top end models.” It’s currently a technology being used on the Audi SQ7.
We’re very excited to see what an Audi RS4 will be like when it finally debuts. We’re already big fans of the new Audi A4, so adding more power and more performance could only make us bigger fans.