Some of Europe's most seductive gondolas don't ever make it to the United States, and the Audi RS4 Avant is likely to remain one of them. Due to Americans' aversion toward estate car, Audi has decided not to send it here, though we get parts of it divided between the mechanically same RS5 coupe and the four-cylinder A4 Allroad, an A4 Avant that uses a raised expulsion and plastic mas cladding to cosplay as a crossover.
We is hoping that our estate car bend more toward race cars rather than off-roaders. Therefore, we lots favor the new RS4 Avant, which comes with a lowered posture and a significantly wider mas than the regular A4 Avant. The additional width is underscored by flared fenders and new figurehead and rear fascias, and the car accepts on substantial 265/35 R-19 or 275/30 R-20 rubber.
The car we drove razz on the fatter tires. It likewise was fitted with the full RS Dynamic package, which includes Audi's torque-vectoring Sport Differential, the company's Dynamic Steering, and a governor that elevates the top speed from 155 to 174 mph.
Power to Spare
A twin-turbocharged and intercooled 2.9 -liter V-6 furnishes 450 horsepower; maximum torque, available from 1900 to 5000 rpm, is 443 lb-ft. That grunt is channeled to all four rotates through a ZF eight-speed automated, a transmission that works with such alacrity that countless motorists might mistake it for a dual-clutch gearbox.
The V -6 was co-developed with Porsche( but under Audi's leadership) and exhibits little turbo slow, while it ejects a somewhat softened, vigorous growling. That clanged is artificially intensified in Dynamic mode, but even so it's pretty convincing. While the blown six still can't match the previous framework's naturally aspirated V-8 thunder, we'll gladly make the small engine's act additions and reduced weight.
Audi says the sprint from zero to 62 mph takes a mere 4.1 seconds, which is almost as quick as the company's claim for the two-door RS5. The V-6 never seems to run out of supremacy, and acceleration is relentless well into the triple toes. This is supercar performance, similar to but little rambunctious than the eight-cylinder Mercedes-AMG C6 3.
Its moves are accurate, almost clinical. On the uneven streets in the Sierra Nevada north of Malaga, Spain, we spotted the steering to be nicely weighted and razor sharp-witted, and the Sport Differential cures home the car in areas perfectly. The RS4' s restrictions are ultrahigh, and it is easy to counter any understeer with the accelerator and a little bit of loading assign. The all-wheel-drive system's torque dissemination is rear-biased but variable.Like numerous modern achievement autoes, the RS4 offers drivers spate of adjustability. We sold the Dynamic driving mode for the Individual setting to select a softer exclusion carol and lighter steering while keeping the powertrain and the differential in their more aggressive carol. And we like the Sport setting of the stability-control organization; it makes it possible to steer a little bit with the gas pedal without alone lifting the electronic safety net.
While this fast Audi likewise can act as a spacious and opulent cruiser, it fails to fully disguise its boasting genes when the vehicle is being driven calmly. Even in Comfort mode, the engine is clearly audible and throttle reaction is instantaneous, if not quite as hair trigger as in Dynamic mode.The driver and the front fare sit comfortably in athletic posteriors that fit snugly without attaining "youre feeling" porcine. Our car was fitted with Audi's 12.3 -inch Virtual Cockpit TFT instrument cluster. This customizable screen can call up a huge planned front and hub, with the speedometer and tach moving into the areas, or make a large tachometer at the center and demote less useful information--such as the gimmicky "power" and "torque" indicators--off to the sides. Audi's MMI infotainment system is nearly flawless and comparatively quick. In reality, this may be the most sophisticated infotainment packet in its class; the Mercedes-AMG C6 3 may come close but the BMW M3 and the Cadillac ATS-V trail far behind.
In Europe, the Audi RS4 Avant is about $ 1350 cheaper than an RS5 coupe; given the choice, we are able to invited to go for the most versatile wagon. Unhappily, in America, we don't get that choice. But the authorities concerned will, at the least, get a accommodation in the form of the RS5 Sportback, which should arrive later this year.
Source : caranddriver.com