Audi Gives Another Reason to Want the Avant With 2018 RS4 Wagon

In Audi-speak, “Avant” means wagon. It also means in all likelihood that we won’t get it on our shores, since Ingolstadt has decided we prefer crossovers. But that does little to rationalize the passion American enthusiasts have expressed over the 2018 RS4 Avant, a sibling to the beloved Allroad that packs 450 hp.

Lower the Allroad’s ride height, strip away the lower body cladding, and add aggressive fenders and rear diffuser, and you’ll get the RS4 Avant—at least, visually. Rennsport has also employed a twin-turbo V6 with 450 horsepower and 443 lb-ft of torque, served on a fat platter from 1,900 rpm up through 5,000. With rear-biased quattro all-wheel drive, 0-60 happens in a fleet 4.1 seconds. Drive-mode adjustable suspension, dynamic steering, and ceramic brakes are all on the option’s sheet, and we imagine its cargo-carrying ability is in line with the A4 Avant and Allroad.

Although the Ingolstadt automaker has withheld wagons, they have brought over the long-awaited RS3. Perhaps someday, a new Audi Avant wagon will arrive at our Escondido, CA showroom. In the meantime, you can enjoy plenty of thrills from models like the A5 Sportback, A7, Q5, and more.

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