Audi has confirmed pricing for its all-new RS4 Avant performance estate car.
Based on the Audi A4, the RS4 costs £54,925 and is on sale now, ahead of its showroom debut in the autumn.
Estate body style only
Unlike the previous RS4, the new car is only available in Audi’s Avant estate body style.
A spacious and accessible 490-litre boot means good levels of practicality and puts the Audi on a par with the its closest rival, the Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Estate (485-litre boot).
The RS4 comes in one specification and – as you’d expect for the price – it boasts excellent levels of standard equipment, including cruise control, satellite navigation, Bluetooth and climate control.
4.2-litre V8 engine
The latest RS4 is powered by a 444bhp 4.2-litre V8 engine that gives the performance-focused estate car a significant turn of speed. The 0-62mph dash takes 4.7 seconds, which is up from the previous car’s 0-62mph time of 4.9 seconds.
Efficiency stands at a claimed 26.4mpg combined with 249g/km CO2 emissions, meaning car tax (VED) of £460. Next to the previous generation RS4, this represents a fuel saving of around £745 per year based on an average 12,000 miles.
Unlike the car it replaces, there will be no manual transmission. The latest RS4 is only available with Audi’s seven-speed S-tronic automated manual gearbox, mated to the German firm’s Quattro four-wheel drive system.
New ‘wave’ brake discs
The RS4 comes with new ‘wave’ brake discs that claim to improve ventilation and therefore resistance to fade, while not impinging on braking ability. For the first time, carbon fibre-ceramic brake discs will also be available on the RS4 at a cost of £4,000.