Obviously, we weren’t the only journalists in Frankfurt for the Auto Show. So it’s good to see what other journos have to say about the new Audi RS4 Avant, considering that they aren’t necessarily Audi fans. Objectivity is good, ya know? Carwow was one of the publications at the show and the company’s Mat Watson gives us his Top 10 things to know about the new RS4 Avant.
Watson starts out talking about the engine because it’s an RS4…It’s the same 2.9 liter twin-turbocharged V6 engine as the RS5 Coupe, so it makes 450 hp and 442 lb-ft of torque. Audi claims it can get from 0-60 mph in 4.1 seconds but Watson has timed the RS5 Coupe, which did the same sprint in under 4 seconds, so he reckons the RS4 will be about the same. He also talks about the eight-speed automatic a bit later in the video, where he claims it’s best to use in manual mode, as it’s a bit sluggish to downshift on its own in automatic mode.
One area Watson really likes the Audi RS4 Avant is in its body work. Audi could have just slapped black trim and “RS” badges on an A4 Avant. But the folks in Ingolstadt actually gave it some new bodywork with blistered wheel arches, reminiscent of the original Audi Quattro. It certainly is one of the best looking Audis in the brand’s current lineup. In terms of suspension and handling, Watson admits that the RS4 is a great everyday sports car, as it’s suspension is actually quite comfy. He does recommend the adaptive dampers, though, as he always does, as it allows drivers to slacken the dampers off to be more comfortable on bumpy roads.
He also claims that the new Audi RS5 Coupe is better to drive than the old one, which is actually a rather rare sentiment at the moment. However, he thinks the new RS5’s chassis is far better than the one it replaces. So he reckons the new RS4 Avant, which is built on the same chassis as the RS5 Coupe, will also be better to drive than the old car. That’s not only surprising but refreshing to hear, as many enthusiast have been complaining about the new RS5. Although, he does say he’d rather have the RS4, thanks to its big trunk.
Overall, it seems like Mat Watson is excited about the new Audi RS4 Avant, as are we. We can’t wait to see what it can actually do on the road. Until then, though, check out this video, which gives you a close, in-depth look at the new RS4.