If only more South Africans would buy station wagons, we would then have more options like the new Audi RS4 Avant. It is hands down one of my favourite cars. It offers the performance that a true petrol head is after, but at the same time, offers the practicality that you might want in an everyday car.
The new Audi RS4 Avant arrived in South Africa in March this year along with the Audi RS5 Sportback. It was 20 years ago we saw the first RS4 Avant arrive, but it is now better than ever.
Under the bonnet, a 2.9-litre TFSI twin turbo engine boasts 331 kW of power and a whopping 600 Nm of torque, that’s 170 kW more than its predecessor. Sprinting from zero to 100 km/h in just 4.1 seconds, the new RS4 Avant will take you on to a top speed of 250 km/h, but with the optional RS dynamic package, you will get to 280 km/h. Power is effortlessly sent to all four wheels via an eight-speed tiptronic transmission.
This new RS4 Avant is 80 kg lighter than it was before which might please the naysayers who are not thrilled with the previous 4.2-litre V8 engine losing two cylinders. It is quicker than the previous model and sees that 0-100 km/h number drop by half a second.
I wasn’t joking about it being practical either. The boot offers an impressive 505 litres and if you need more space, pop the back seats down and you will get a maximum of 1 51 litres. It also comes with gesture control to open and close the boot lid, just kick your leg under the rear bumper. The new RS4 Avant comes standard with Audi’s Virtual Cockpit and MMI Navigation Plus and the 12.3-inch TFT screen provides detailed and selectable graphics.
For those wanting to have a bit of fun, the lap timer, another feature of the RS menu, records up to 99 laps and compares the times against each other. There is a host of standard equipment on this new RS4 Avant such as LED headlights and LED rear lights, the RS sports suspension, 20-inch aluminium forged alloy wheels, the RS exhaust system and the Audi drive select dynamic handling system. Also standard is automatic climate control, Audi connect, a Bang & Olufsen sound system with 3D sound and Audi smartphone interface.
Like I mentioned, this is the perfect everyday car. If you leave it in Comfort mode, you would be none the wiser in knowing what lay under the bonnet. The engine is quiet and the ride smooth and comfortable. But if it is a little bit of fun you are after, then switch to Dynamic mode and away you go.
It is one of a kind, there is nothing else quite like it on the market. And for this reason, I love it even more. Now, to find a million rand…
The Audi RS4 Avant is priced from R 1 211 500