Why aren’t Malaysians jumping on the “wagon bandwagon” already? It’s such a shame knowing that so many good looking elongated hatchbacks exist in the market but we’re just not keen on it. The new Audi RS 4 will most likely be another such example – with sightings as frequent as a shooting star across a night sky littered with stars.
Audi Sport GmbH has debuted its latest RS badge bearer which plays host to a 2.9-litre V6 bi-turbo TFSI engine making 448 hp on the side of 600Nm of torque tamed by Audi’s signature quattro drive system. It’s worthy to note that this new Avant has a full 170Nm more than the previous model. That’s like adding a whole Fiesta EcoBoost into the new car! Top speed is 155mph, electronically limited as usual while 0 to 100 km/h takes just 4.1 seconds.
Imagine how cool your kids would think you are as a parent on a school run. And if that’s not enough to skyrocket your “street cred”, Audi offers an RS Dynamic Package which increases the Avant’s top speed to 174 mph (280 km/h).
Design inspiration is from a once almost unbeatable Audi 90 quattro IMSA GTO race car with massive air inlet and a flat single frame grille defining the front end. At the back, a RS-specific diffuser, oval exhaust tips at the tail end of the RS exhaust system and the RS roof spoiler are protruding features that enhances the Avant’s fierce appearance. 19-inch forged aluminium wheel come as standard.
Audi also offers a rear sport differential to enable torque division between the rear wheels together with standard RS sport suspension, allowing the Avant to sit 7 mm lower than the standard A4 with sport suspension.
What you see here, is an Avant in Nogaro Blue which is available optionally as a means of a throwback, in today’s terms, to the high-performance Avants of the late 1990’s. Despite its proportions, the Avant has undergone a diet of over 80 kgs from the previous model, weighing 1,790 kg.
The next time you’re in the market for an Audi, or even a BMW and Mercedes-Benz, please do the other motorists a favour, consider a wagon.