Audi has finally unveiled the 2013 RS4 Avant. We still have to wait a few weeks more to see it in person at the Geneva Motor Show, but until then, here is a generous set of high-quality official pictures of the four-wheeled stunner. Based on a revised chassis, the new RS4 Avant flaunts a number of very appealing improvements, as you will discover next.
Powering the car is a 4.2-liter V8 (the same that’s found in the RS5), that sports 30 extra horsepower than the previous version. The new output figures are 444 hp at 8,250 rpm, and 317 lb-ft of torque between 4,000 and 6,000 rpm. A seven-speed S-tronic dual-clutch automatic transmission sends this power to all four wheels, thanks to the car’s Quattro AWD system. Reaching 62 mph from a standstill is not at all difficult for the new RS4: it only needs 4.7 seconds to complete the task.
Maximum speed is 155 mph, but buyers can opt for an upgrade that will release even more speed, allowing the car to reach 174 mph. Even so, fuel consumption is surprisingly low: 21.4 mpg. All these changes asked for some tweaks in the brake and suspension department as well. Now the car is 20 mm closer to the ground and features a new brake system with 465-millimeter disks for the front wheels.
Customers can also opt for 380-millimeter front disks, with six-piston calipers. The superb Audi rolls on 19-inch forged aluminum rims with ten spokes and 265/35-series standard tires. There’s also the option of 20-inch wheels wrapped with the same tires. When you’ll see the car in Geneva, you will notice that it is 24mm wider and 20mm longer than the A4 Avant. You will also be impressed by its generous cargo space: 1,430 liters.
The interior too features a number of modifications and design changes. The first thing any driver will notice when stepping inside the car is the comfy feel of its new sport seats. Then there is the multifunctional steering wheel, the carbon details on the dashboard, and the aluminum inserts on the door sills. When the 2013 Audi RS4 Avant will make it in dealerships this autumn, it will bear a pretty hefty price tag: $99,900.