Debut of 2018 Audi RS4 Avant Makes Us Want This Wagon More Than Ever

Why the folks at Audi seem to think a performance wagon like the A4 Avant wouldn’t be embraced by American drivers is a mystery to us, since it seems to be the most asked-for models in enthusiast circles. But the notion remains, so it seems the 450-horsepower 2018 RS4 Avant won’t be coming either, and that’s a darn shame.

You might notice some family resemblance to the A4 Allroad behind those flared fenders and aggressive styling cues, and that’s no mistake. The RS4 Avant is based on it, but loses ground clearance and gains power. Now, the penultimate performance wagon gets 450 horses and 443 lb-ft of torque from a bi-turbo V6, send to a quattro AWD system through a ZF eight-speed automatic. Between peak twist kicking in at 1,900 rpm and a sprint time of 4.1 seconds, it’s one fast estate. Can you see why we want it now?

The A4 Allroad won’t approach the thrills available in the RS4 Avant, but the new RS5 Sportback might make a solid alternative with its roguish looks. But nothing can truly replace a performance wagon, so it’s up to us to keep the dream alive. If you’re in search of a sporting new Audi, contact our Johnston, IA location.

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