Memories of 1994: Audi and Porsche team up for 2018 RS4 Avant

Posted on Sep 15, 2017 by

In 1994 ’s Zuffenhausen factory built its first RS-labelled model, the RS2 Avant — now the RS4 Avant uses a Porsche-developed 450 horsepower engine. They’re back together again, people…

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Audi always makes us wait… The first RS Audi was the 1994 Audi RS2 Avant built in partnership with Porsche for just two years. It had a 2.2-litre turbocharged engine that produced over 300 horsepower and it could do 0-100km/h in under five seconds which made it the stuff of legends right out of the factory. The Porsche factory… It was assembled in Zuffenhausen. The RS2 Avant was quicker than a Porsche 911 Carrera and it would smoke a BMW M5 by a full second.

We then had to wait five full years for a true successor to come around, but the 2000 RS4 Avant also lasted only two years. Then there was another five-year gap to the next RS4, then a four year gap to the next, and that one’s been discontinued in 2015.

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Now at the Audi finally appeased the four-ringed brigade with a new generation RS4 Avant, and the Zuffenhausen link is back too. Powered by a Porsche-developed 2.9-litre turbocharged V6 engine, the 2018 RS4 Avant delivers 450 horsepower and 600Nm of torque to all four wheels via standard all-wheel drive. When it gets to showrooms in Europe early next year it will start from the equivalent of AED299,000. Auto Middle East has reached out to Audi for word on regional release plans and we’ll keep you updated.

With 170Nm more than the predecessor model, the 2018 RS4 Avant can do 0-100km/h in 4.1 seconds and top out at 250km/h. If you spec the optional RS dynamic package you can derestrict this grocery-getter to 280km/h. The twin-turbocharged V6 comes mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission featuring different driving modes and launch control.

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Compared to the standard Audi A4, the RS4 Avant sits 7mm lower on its sports suspension, and optional kit includes ceramic brakes and an even sportier suspension setup with Audi’s Dynamic Ride Control system.

Spotters will be able to tell the car apart from lesser A4s easily, with 30mm wider bodywork and a honeycomb grille, plus lots of gloss black accents and Matrix LEDs. Out back there is an RS-specific diffusor and oval tailpipes, as well as a roof spoiler. Appropriately finished in these pictures in Nogaro Blue (the same colour made famous by the 1994 RS2 Avant), the car’s finishing touch is a set of 20-inch forged wheels.

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1994 Audi RS2 Avant in Nogaro Blue

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