The Audi RS4 is among the best in sports sedans available on the market, and now it seems like the German automaker is making that race-bred philosophy to a couple of different shapes: the Avant and Cabriolet. No longer will you be restricted to the standard four-door sedan, because you’ll be able to reap all the RS4 goodness out of a wagon or a convertible as well.
Interestingly, the new RS4 is not going to go with the twin-turbocharged 375-hp route of the past, not even turbo- or supercharged. Rather, this RS4 comes with a naturally-aspired V8. This new engine has 420 horses, allowing the car to do 0-62mph in 4.8 seconds. Transmission comes in the way of a six-speed stick shift, and the new Quattro drivetrain here does a 40/60 front/rear torque split, and not a 50/50.
The Audi RS4 now shares its huge brake rotors (14.7 inches front, 12.8 inches rear) with the Volkswagen-owned Lamborghini Gallardo. The wheels are fat fourteen-spokers, the twin tailpipes are chromed, and there’s even an “S” button on the steering wheel that quickens throttle response.
Look for the Audi RS4 sedan, Avant, and Cabriolet to rip through the mountain passes this spring. No word on price, but more information might present itself at next week’s Geneva Auto Show.