2018 Audi RS4 Avant FIRST DRIVE review – prices, specs and release date

We find out if the new Audi RS4 Avant is a better high-performance estate than its main rival, the Mercedes-AMG C63

Priced from £61,625/$81,960 Release date January

The new Audi RS4 Avant is a very quick estate, a curiously appealing car category, but one without very many entrants. Indeed, until BMW makes an M3 Touring (which it probably won’t) or Alfa Romeo designs an estate version of the Giulia, the RS4 has only one direct rival: the Mercedes-AMG C63 Estate.

Power for the RS4 comes from a 2.9-litre twin-turbocharged V6 which, in what seems like a recipe for assured, laid-back performance, drives all four wheels via an eight-speed automatic gearbox. There’s 444bhp, but even more significantly torque is some 443lb ft from only 1900rpm, which further suggests the RS4 is a car that will be effortlessly quick.

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