Audi Debuts 2018 RS4 Avant, The Wagon We Want But Can’t Have

We’re not sure why Audi thinks Americans don’t like wagons. When the new A4 Avant—a cousin of the Allroad, but lower and sportier—debuted in 2015, the call for a U.S.-spec performance wagon was renewed. With the unveiling of the 450-horsepower 2018 RS4 Avant in Frankfurt, however, we imagine those calls will get louder than ever.

Packing heat by way of a 2.9-liter bi-turbo V6 with 450 horsepower and 443 lb-ft of torque, the RS4 Avant’s rear-biased quattro system and sport-tuned ZF eight-speed automatic scoot it to sixty in a scant 4.1 seconds. Making that easier is a broad torque curve. Peak twist kicks in at 1,900 rpm, and stays there to 5,000. You can probably tell why we want this wagon stateside now. Who knows—after a long wait for the RS3, we’ll be getting that car next year. Maybe Audi Sport will see our love for high-performance wagons isn’t going anywhere.

Right now, the closest thing we have to the RS4 Avant available is the all-new RS5 Sportback, and it’s quite impressive. But there are even more Rennsport models on their way, and our Wilmington, NC dealership would be happy to help you get to know them. Browse our new Audi inventory online, or contact a sales rep to get started.

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