The 2018 Audi RS4 Avant has arrived in Australia, undercutting its closest rival by more than $6000 on the road.
Priced from $152,900 plus on-road costs – just over $166,000 on the road in NSW – Audi’s rapid family wagon undercuts the Mercedes-AMG C63 S estate by a handy margin.
Audi expects the new model to be the best-selling generation in the car’s Australian history, helped by a generous list of standard specifications intended to make it the ultimate all-purpose wagon.
Local examples of the car are loaded with kit that fetches a premium in overseas markets – equipment such as dynamic dampers, a torque-vectoring rear differential and 20-inch wheels are fitted as standard in Australia.
Ditching the previous RS4’s screaming 4.2-litre V8 in favour of a sensible twin-turbocharged 2.9-litre V6, the latest model produces 331kW between 5700 and 6700rpm, with 600Nm of torque on tap from 1900 to 5000rpm.
Coupled with Audi’s excellent quattro all-wheel-drive system and a new eight-speed conventional automatic transmission (as opposed to a dual-clutch unit), the RS4 reaches 100km/h in a C63-matching 4.1 seconds before hitting a top speed limited to 250km/h.
Standard safety kit includes eight airbags, autonomous emergency braking with pedestrian detection, a 360-degree camera, adaptive cruise control with stop and go functionality, lane keeping assistance, self parking and more.
The interior features a widescreen digital cockpit display, a 19-speaker Bang and Olufsen stereo and sports seats with honeycomb-pattern stitching, heating and massage functions as well as driver’s memory adjustment.
Options include a gloss black exterior styling pack ($1000) or carbon fibre with black or silver elements that look sharp for an eye-watering $11,900. Carbon lovers might also spring for a glossy engine cover ($1200) and carbon interior inlays ($1000) which replace aluminium trim.
An RS design package bringing Alcantara trim for the steering wheel and gear selector, along with red touches for the cabin trim costs $3300, though you can have Alcantara controls alone for $2150.
Audi expects plenty of customers to spring for a Technik package featuring a head-up display system, matrix LED headlights and wireless phone charging for $3900. Equally, while a sunroof is fitted as standard, you can get rid of it for no cost – something drivers from warm regions may prefer to do.
Flat colours including stealth bomber-spec Nardo grey (above) are free, while premium hues including Misano red are $1846 and the classic Nogaro Blue hero treatment (main image) asks $5450.
Australian customers get 20-inch rims in a two-tone finish as standard, with silver or milled aluminium alternatives available as accessories. The latter option strips eight kilos of unsprung heft from the car while adding visual weight to its wheelarches for $1600.
The standard stoppers are 375mm front brake discs clamped by red-painted six-piston calipers, and enormous 400mm ceramic brakes for the front axle are a big-ticket extra at $11,900.
The new RS4 is on sale now.
2018 Audi RS4 Avant pricing and specifications
Price: From $152,900 plus on-road costs
Engine: 2.9-litre V6 twin-turbo petrol
Power: 331kW at 5700-6700rpm
Torque: 600Nm at 1900-5000rpm
Transmission: Eight-speed automatic, all-wheel-drive
Fuel use: 8.9L/100km
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