Avanting and Raving: 2014 Audi RS4 Avant Review
The 2014 Audi RS4 Avant is not exactly for the green (or even faint) minded among us. With a turbocharged V8 engine comes an incredible eight cylinders that don’t exactly give out the greatest fuel economy numbers, but what they lose on that front, they make up for on others. The 2013 Audi RS4 Avant model might just be the most charismatic, powerful Audi you’ll have set your eyes on for some time. Though it’s packed with the same power plant as the previous generation model, it manages 444bhp this time around, which also means it can reach 62mph from rest in 4.7 seconds.
Audi RS4 Avant fans might well have been worried that the German’s weren’t going to laden their machine with eight cylinders this time around, but there is history behind this model that the brand wasn’t going to easily discard. Back in 1994, the RS2 managed a meaty 315bhp, inspiring subsequent generations since, such as the RS4 in 1999 which packed 375 bhp. The 2014 Audi RS4 Avant just keeps the powerful tradition going, and we’re eagerly expecting salivating mouths everywhere. Let’s take a closer look.
Fundamentals – RS4 Avant Review
So, the V8 is there, as magnificent as ever, but what else can we expect from the much-adored 2014 Audi RS4 Avant? The Quattro all-wheel drive is present, as is the S tronic seven speed twin clutch gearbox. Let’s not forget the 40-60 rearward biased torque split, either. This aids the torque vectoring system, which in turn aids braking so that your 2013 Audi RS4 Avant doesn’t finding itself skidding across the surface when approaching a particularly nasty corner. Accessories include an electronic stability programme, which offers a dynamic Sport mode, as well as a sport differential which switches torque between back wheels.
One of the fun things about the Audi RS4 Avant has always been their, well, playful potency. The 2014 Audi RS4 Avant has a fixed top speed of 155mph until you remove the speed limiter if you so desire. This allows you to reach dizzying speeds of 174mph. Peak power is reached at 8,250rpm, and there is also an inbuilt launch control that is designed to make the 2014 Audi RS4 Avant perform superbly in wet conditions.
When it comes to the new Audi RS4 Avant’s looks, a question has to be asked: who is this car aimed at? That’s not to suggest that the designers have got everything wrong, and that the 2014 Audi RS4 Avant doesn’t quite know what it wants to be, but any Avant enthusiast will probably admit that the model has always balanced modesty with a pervading sense of hostility. The 2014 Audi RS4 Avant is no different.
It comes with flared wheel arches, matte aluminium for the front grille, twin oval tailpipe caps, and a small diffuser at the back. It’s 20mm longer than the previous model, has 24mm more width, whilst it is also significantly lower, which helps to give it that cool, almost malevolent vibe. Inside, the pervading sense of malevolence continues, with a total black finishing. Brushed matt aluminium top off the carbon inlays, with stainless steel mesh available as Audi RS4 specs for the windows. Front sports seats are heated, the steering wheel comes with a leather trim, with the door sills and pedals giving a classy aluminium finish which makes the interior of the 2014 Audi RS4 Avant feel decidedly expensive and super smart. There is also the option of a convertible Audi RS4.
Overall the 2014 Audi RS4 Avant is a very powerful, quick, meaty, and – dare we say it – menacing estate car that is very different to anything else out there. It has that feeling of individualism, that sense of going against the crowd, of being different, of having the mark of Cain attached to it. It’s a car that is always going to sell, and which is always going to attract gazes from onlookers wherever it goes. Whether you own a new Audi RS4 Avant or a used Audi RS4 Avant, you’ll be standing out without a doubt.
Standard spec that includes aluminium wheels, and a drivers information system, whilst a bit of extra cash will get you high-grade leather seating packages and up to 1,430-litres of space in the boot. As mentioned, the powerful, gluttonous V8 engine isn’t going to have green-minded enthusiasts tingling with excitement, but Audi do quote 25.7mpg fuel economy figures. Still, to get those numbers you’d have to be driving very sensibly indeed.