RS5) rather than the 4.2-litre, naturally aspirated V8 you got previously. It's not all doom and gloom on the numbers front though. Where the old car was often criticized for being down on torque, the new one steps up to the plate with 442lb ft - 125lb ft more than before - available all the way from 1,900 to 5,000rpm. And, well, twin-turbo V6s have worked OK in RS4s before...
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. Top speed is a limited 155mph but can be lifted via the RS Dynamic package to 174mph.
Other tricks up the B9's sleeve include an optional rear sport differential, optional RS Sport Suspension Plus with Dynamic Ride Control, optional ceramic brakes and optional Dynamic Steering. In short, a lot of ways to very quickly make this a very expensive proposition.
One area the new car will hopefully not be so damaging to your wallet though is at the pump. Weighing 80kg less than before, this RS4 is 17 per cent more efficient than its predecessor, hopefully making not only for a more agile and dynamic ride, but a more frugal one too.
than the last RS4 to wear it.
Inside there's a flat bottomed steering wheel, of course, RS Sport seats and a healthy smattering of RS badges. The Virtual Cockpit and HUD now also gain the ability to display RS specific information such as g-force without your eyes having to leave the road. Well that's one way to make the commute more interesting!
The new RS4 can be ordered from the autumn onwards with pricing starting in Europe at 79,800 euros - expect a UK price and spec soon.