Quite possibly the best all-around performance machine on the market is the all-new Audi RS6 Avant. Thanks to its brutish power, all-weather traction and wagon body style, it’s almost impossible to beat as a daily-driven performance machine. However, if you can’t afford the six-figure RS6, there might just be another four-ringed product that can offer similar tricks for less money — the Audi RS4 Avant.
In this new video from Carfection, you can check out the latest RS4 Avant and its new facelift. With that facelift comes fresh headlights, which feature LED light bars not unlike the RS6, some new taillights and upgraded cabin tech. All of those things make it look and feel more modern and updated. Thankfully, Audi hasn’t messed with the mechanical bits.
Under the skin, the Audi RS4 Avant is still the same outstanding performer. It gets a 2.9 liter twin-turbocharged V6 engine with 444 hp and 443 lb-ft of torque. So it can get from 0-60 mph in just over four seconds. Though, we’ve seen it break into the three-second barrier in the real world. So it’s still every bit as fast as it always was.
To be honest, it’s not much slower than the much more powerful, much more expensive RS6 sibling. Which actually leaves Carfection’s Alex Goy with the conclusion that the Audi RS4 Avant is the brand’s best ‘RS’ car. Not only is it an incredible all-around package but it also has the history to back it up.
While the RS2 might have been the first proper ‘RS’ car, the Audi RS4 Avant was the first ‘RS’ car to be built entirely in-house at Audi Sport (the RS2 was a collaboration with Porsche). So the RS4 is the definitive Audi Sport product and the one that enthusiasts typically love most.
Combine all of that together; its history, performance and usability; and the newly facelifted Audi RS4 Avant could be the best ‘RS’ car on sale.