New Audi RS4 - Frankfurt 2017


It's been quite a while since we've had a new RS4 to get excited about, it having been over five years since the B8 came into the world.

Well course it's Nogaro Blue
Well course it's Nogaro Blue
Despite half a decade passing though, Audi still deems 450hp to be sufficient for its most potent A4. Only now it comes from a 2.9-litre, bi-turbo V6 (shared with the 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.

V8 gone; huge pipes remain
V8 gone; huge pipes remain
Styling inspiration is said to have been taken from the Audi 90 Quattro IMSA GTO - because why wouldn't you remind everyone you made that at every possible opportunity - with aggressively flared intakes, and arches that are 30mm wider than standard. There are 19-inch forged aluminium wheels, with 20-inch rims optional, as well as an RS diffuser and the gigantic oval exhausts familiar from before. Nogaro Blue also returns as a paint colour, this car sharing more in common with the RS2 that originally bore the famous hue 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.

 

 

 

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  • culpz 12 Sep 2017

    I like it. Basically a modern re-creation of the B5 RS4 with a few modern tweaks. An RS4 is definitely on the cards one day.

  • J4CKO 12 Sep 2017

    Nice car if you can keep hold of it or like meeting chaps with balaclavas and baseball bats in the small hours !

  • Ares 12 Sep 2017

    Nice, and good to see there is still a smoking version to be had in the era of increasing tree-hugging.....but shame Audi RS have gone from being the nutter side of the market to the safer side of the market, visually and grunt-wise.

    With the RS4's competitors now boasting 500bhp (M3 aside, but that's being replaced 2018/19) and turning the wick up on thrills, I hope this is enough.

    Not sure where the Audi 90 inspiration sits though?

  • ISO51200 12 Sep 2017

    Looks like it belongs in a tuning catalogue from the late 90's vomit

    Sure its very capable but it looks like dog st

  • Ares 12 Sep 2017

    Ares said:
    Nice, and good to see there is still a smoking version to be had in the era of increasing tree-hugging.....but shame Audi RS have gone from being the nutter side of the market to the safer side of the market, visually and grunt-wise.

    With the RS4's competitors now boasting 500bhp (M3 aside, but that's being replaced 2018/19) and turning the wick up on thrills, I hope this is enough.

    Not sure where the Audi 90 inspiration sits though?
    Dug out picture of the Audi 90 Quattro IMSA GTO.

    Still can't see the similarity? And it only serves to remind how good hot (and nutter) Audis used to look....



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