The 2013 Audi RS4 is officially official, and with its return it also brings several surprising shifts that all go in the right direction.
The venerable 4.2 liter V8 engine is back, and in case you’re wondering why Audi still keeps this engine around, it’s because it seems to have limitless potential for squeezing out more power. How much more for this generation? 30 bhp to be exact, bringing the number to a snarling 450 bhp. There’s just one interesting bit; the RS4 is sharing its engine and drivetrain with the RS5, which means it is mated to a seven-speed S Tronic double clutch gearbox.
This marks another surprising move from Audi; for the first time ever, the S4 and RS4 will use two different engines. Keep in mind that the current S4 uses the 3.0T Supercharged V6 putting out 333 bhp. The three previous generations of S4 and RS4 models all shared the same basic engine, and the original Ur-S4 did not have an RS4 version.
Audi is also remaining true to what it originally stated just earlier in 2011 about the RS4 arriving in Avant form first. This shows something else that I particularly like. Audi is holding fast to its roots and indicating that it is still very serious about the performance wagon, even when other competitors seem to be dropping it like kryptonite.
The RS4 Avant will be at this years Geneva Auto Show.