The power of the 2.9 TFSI twin turbo is transferred to the quattro permanent all wheel drive via an eight-speed tiptronic transmission with optimized shift times that is specially tuned to sporty driving. On request, Audi will fit a sports differential on the rear axle. The average fuel consumption is 8.8 liter per 100 kilometers (26.7 US MPG) (200-199 grams CO2 per kilometer [321.9-320.3 g/mi]). This represents an efficiency increase of 17% over the previous model. The new Audi RS4 Avant weighs 1,790 kilograms (3,946.3 lbs), making it 80 kilograms (176.4 lbs) lighter than before.
The standard RS sports suspension makes the Audi RS4 Avant seven millimeters (0.3 in) lower than the S4 basic model with sports suspension. The RS sports suspension plus with Dynamic Ride Control (DRC), the ceramic brakes and the RS-specific dynamic steering are available as optional extras. Drivers can create their own personal driving experience using the Audi drive select dynamic handling system, which is fitted as standard.
The black interior underlines the sporty character of the Audi RS4 Avant. The RS sports seats with optional honeycomb stitching, the flat-bottomed RS multifunction sports steering wheel, the shift gate and the illuminated sill panel strips bear the RS emblem. In the Audi virtual cockpit and in the head-up display, RS-specific displays provide information about G-forces, tire pressure and temperature, as well as power and torque. The optic packages Gloss Black, Carbon with Aluminum attachments, and Carbon with Black attachments enhance the range of options for the exterior. The Audi exclusive range fulfills practically all other customization wishes.
In the basic configuration, the luggage compartment of the new Audi RS4 Avant offers 505 liters (17.8 cu ft) of storage space, while 1,510 liters (53.3 cu ft) of volume is available with the seats folded down. The luggage compartment lid is electrically driven as standard. Sensor technology for opening and closing the luggage compartment lid is available as an option. For the first time, the Audi RS4 Avant is available with a trailer hitch on request, which electrically unlocks at the push of a button.
The new Audi RS4 Avant is available in Germany and other European dealers from the start of 2018. The basic price is €79,800.