The new B9-generation Audi RS4 Avant isn’t actually a new car anymore, as it’s been on sale for some time now. It’s also been tested and review countless times. However, It’s taken awhile for the RS4 to make its way to South Africa (we’re still jealous, by the way. Let is better than never…), so this is the first time that Cars.co.za’s Ciro De Siena was able to test it. What sort of first impression does it make?
Well, it certainly proved that it’s fast. Every bit as fast as its ominous black-on-black color scheme makes it look. In this video, we see the Audi RS4 Avant tested for its performance on an open drag strip and it doesn’t fail to impress. With consistent 0-60 mph runs of just over four seconds, with the last one checking in a 4.1 seconds, the RS4 stay consistently quick and every bit as fast as Audi claims.
Admittedly, we’ve seen some recorded 0-60 mph times of just a bit quicker before, with some breaking into the high three-second range. However, near-perfect conditions are required for that an realistic 4.0-4.5 second times are extremely consistent. Still, that’s very fast and the way it builds speed almost hurts your face, as De Siena mentions in this video.
That speed is thanks to a 2.9 liter twin-turbo V6 that makes 450 hp and 443 lb-ft of torque. Mated to that engine is just an eight-speed torque-converter automatic, no fancy dual-clutch, which sends power to all four wheels, obviously. That all-wheel drive traction combined with tons of low-down torque allow it to rocket off the line.
More than that, though, it’s very fun to drive as well. So it has good steering with sharp turn-in and agile handling. While it’s not as razor sharp as some of its rear-drive competitors, it’s more than fun enough for daily use. Plus, it’s effortlessly comfortable and incredibly practical, thanks to its wagon body style. So while it’s taken some time for the Audi RS4 Avant to make its way to sunny South Africa, it seems like it’s been worth the wait.