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New Audi RS 4 Avant Makes 443 hp, but Only for Europe

Automaker Audi is known for its fast and luxurious cars. Blending sporty performance and modern functionality, Audi delivers continuous best-sellers. Its newest performance car is a sporty wagon that, unfortunately, won’t be hitting U.S. shores. And the 2020 RS 4 Avant might look like a wagon, but don’t let its functional appearance confuse you. This fast wagon can make more than 400 hp.

2020 Audi RS 4 Avant headed only for Europe

According to Audi, the new 2020 RS 4 Avant made its official debut at the DTM Finale at Hockenheim in Germany this October. The RS 4 is a cool and quick performance wagon, loaded to the brim with everything Audi is known best for. The only bad part about the RS 4 is that Audi has no plans on bringing it to the United States. The Audi RS wagon has been in production in Europe for 25 years. And according to Jalopnik, a spokesperson from Audi claims that the RS 4 combines “consistent sportiness with unlimited everyday usability” and “is one of the best concepts of our 25-year history.”

Everything you need to know about the quick RS 4

Already selling around Europe, the RS 4 Avant has a starting price of around 81,000 Euros, or $89,000, according to Road and Track. It has the same design aesthetic as its sibling, the RS 6. The exterior is long and sleek, with a lower, wider grille, and ultra-shiny accents. Its wild design makes you rethink the word “wagon.” According to Motor 1, the interior is updated with a new 10.1-inch MMI infotainment system that rivals the competition. It isn’t just for entertainment, as the infotainment screen can be used to control options in the car and display vital vehicle information.

What is best about the new RS 4 Avant is what’s under the hood. The engine is still the same 2.9-liter, twin-turbo, six-cylinder that the last model had. But that’s not a bad thing since it makes 443 hp and 442 lb-ft of torque at up to 5,000 rpm. Of course, the RS 4 Avant comes with Audi’s best-known Quattro all-wheel-drive system and eight-speed automatic transmission. It gets a top speed of 174 mph and hits 60 mph in 4.1 seconds.

According to Digital Trends, the 2020 RS 4 Avant will also be getting an updated and sportier suspension, model-specific 19-inch wheels, and improved brakes with steel brake rotors. Carbon-ceramic rotors will also be available, as will “Dynamic Steering.” This option uses your speed to automatically adjust the power-steering boost. Like most new Audi cars, the RS 4 will also come with multiple drive mode options, including modes specific to the RS. 

America will be seeing the RS 4’s bigger brother

While the U.S. may not be getting the RS 4 Avant, Audi did confirm we would be seeing an appearance from its bigger brother. The 2020 RS 6 Avant will be in its fourth-generation, but available in the U.S. for the first time. According to Road and Track, the mild-hybrid wagon will create 591 hp and have a top speed of 189 mph, with a twin-turbo, eight-cylinder engine. Right now, the closest thing the U.S. currently has to the RS 4 is the RS 5 coupe, convertible, and Sportback (hatchback).

And Audi knew that America’s first RS had to be impressive, so we should expect a 48-volt hybrid system twinned with the 4.0-liter V8. It has a more aggressive, flatter, and wider design, with wheels up to 22-inches. It will be able to get up to 60 mph in 3.6 seconds, comes with an all-wheel-drive system, and standard adaptive air suspension.