VIDEO: Audi RS4 Avant in POV Hillclimb

From everything we’ve heard about the new Audi RS4 Avant, it’s an absolute weapon on a twisty back road. Sure, it’s not as pure or as communicative as some of its rear-wheel drive rivals, such as the Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio or the BMW M3. However, the pace at which the RS4 can dispatch of a twisty back road is uncanny. Its steering is razor sharp, its engine is downright explosive and its Quattro all-wheel drive grip is tenacious. All of that combines to make a seriously effective performance machine. And in this new POV video from AutoTopNL, we see all of that combine to help it tackle a hillclimb.

Admittedly, this isn’t a timed hillclimb event but just an enthusiast driving up a hill very quickly. That counts in our book. Still, it’s great fun to watch just how effective the Audi RS4 Avant is at slicing through twisty roads. It doesn’t do it with as much tire-spinning drama as, say, a Mercedes-AMG C63 S would but it’s just so flipping fast that it has to be as much fun.

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The RS4 Avant turns in surprisingly sharp for a nose-heavy all-wheel drive car. It has tremendous front-end grip and the way Quattro can shunt power to the rear when necessary seem to both alleviate understeer significantly. Only on the tightest of hairpin turns does understeer seem apparent. Still, mashing the throttle helps send torque to the right wheels and it gets the car through the corner quickly.

On corner exit, the 450 hp and 443 lb-ft of torque from its 2.9 liter twin-turbocharged V6 helps rocket the Audi RS4 Avant out of corners with surprising violence. There’s even a bit of on-power oversteer coming out of a lot of corners in this video. It’s quite surprising, considering Audi’s aren’t really known for that sort of thing. It looks like fun though and it’s impressive to see how much power is on tap at such low rpm.

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We can’t wait to drive the Audi RS4 Avant and hopefully we get to on a road like this.

Nico DeMattia

I've been in love with cars since I was a kid, specifically German cars. Now I get to drive them talk about them on the internet.