In a recent article, I argued that the new B9-generation Audi RS4 Avant was the best RS4 ever. I stand by that, as it’s the fastest, the best looking, the most capable and the best handling. The only real area where the B9 RS4 might be inferior to any of its predecessors is its emotion, or lack thereof. It’s not that the RS4 is dull or boring but it lacks the sort of noise that used to be accompanied by the free-breathing V8 of the previous gen RS4. In this new video from AutoTopNL, though, we see that still doesn’t matter.
Yes, the previous B7 and B8 generations of Audi RS4 Avants had a much more exciting engine, a 4.2 liter naturally-aspirated V8 that made the most delicious of noises. This new 2.9 liter twin-turbocharged V6 is more powerful than the old V8 (450 hp), and makes more torque (443 lb-ft) as well, but it’s a bit muted by comparison. Still, it doesn’t sound bad at all. We see that in this new video, as we get to hear what it sounds like revving from a standstill with its exhaust valves closed and open. Obviously open sounds better, as it’s louder, angrier and has lovely pops and burbles.
When it takes off, it makes a very distinct metallic V6 noise that, while good on its own, would never be mistaken for the old V8. Still, it’s angry and aggressive enough to prove that this Audi RS4 Avant is not just another family wagon. It means business.
None of that matters when you’re on the move, though. It’s flipping quick, capable of 0-60 mph in just 3.9 seconds, making it faster than any RS4 before it. And in the real world, it’s faster than all of its competitors, such as the BMW M3 and Mercedes-AMG C63 S, thanks to its brilliant Quattro all-wheel drive. We get to see a bit of it carving up some twisty roads in this new video and its capability is really quite impressive.
So while the new RS4 may not tingle the spine like its predecessors, it’s just so good everywhere else that we still feel that it’s the best Audi RS4 Avant ever.