Frankfurt Motor Show 2017: Audi RS 4 Avant launched, priced from £61625

2018 Audi RS 4 Avant unveiled with 2.9 twin-turbo V6

The V6 biturbo motor develops 450 hp under the new Audi RS 4 Avant's hood and is rated for a peak torque of 600 Nm - 170 Nm more than the previous model - available across a broad engine speed range from 1,900 to 5,000 rpm. With the optional RS dynamic package, the top speed increases to 280 kph. This is the new Audi RS4 Avant - Ingolstadt's fresh-out-of-the-box hot estate.

Combine that grunt with the new eight-speed tiptronic and the RS4's Quattro all-wheel drive, and a planted right foot will see you getting from 0-62 in just 4.1 seconds - more than half a second quicker than the B8. And as you might have expected, the downsizing also brings down fuel consumption. A sports rear differential is part of the options list.

The new model will go on sale in Europe early in 2018, with a potential Australian introduction likely to take place later that year. Carbon ceramic brakes are also optional, while the driver can toggle with the standard drive mode select system for various personalities. The rear features a bespoke diffuser, a pair of oval tailpipes for the RS-specific exhaust and there's a spoiler for the trailing-edge of the roof, too. The exterior colour Nogaro blue, pearl effect available optionally from Audi exclusive recalls the first generation of the high-performance Avant from 1999. Its front and rear arches are 30mm wider and it sits 7mm lower than an S4 thanks to the standard-fit RS sport suspension.

An all-black interior underscores the sporty character of the Audi RS 4 Avant.

Inside the cabin you'll find standard RS appointments including bolstered sports seats, leather, carbon trim and a flat-bottom steering wheel.

Audi will start taking United Kingdom orders later this month ahead of first deliveries next February at an asking price of £61,625.

RS-specific displays to indicate g-force, tyre pressures, and torque, flat-bottomed steering wheel, and the auto can be further personalised with the Audi exclusive program. The basic price will be Euro 79,800.

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