It was only recently when Audi unveiled the all-new A4 (B9) and already details are surfacing regarding the range-topping RS4 version which according to Quattro GmbH chief Heinz Hollerweger is going to be launched “relatively early” in the production cycle. This means we will likely see it sometime in the second half of next year in Europe while details regarding a possible Indian availability are not available at this point.
We do know the upcoming RS4 will no longer be an Avant-only affair as Audi has plans to reintroduce the sedan version to the delight of many buyers. It seems this decision has been taken thanks to a major demand coming from China and United States where buyers really want to have a high-performance sedan from a premium marque such as Audi.
The highly anticipated RS4 will lose its V8 4.2-liter naturally aspirated engine as the engineers from Audi and quattro are going to install a V6 3.0-liter turbocharged engine which will make use of e-turbo technology. Details about its output are scarce at the moment, but we do know from Hackenberg the RS4 will not be as powerful as the Mercedes-AMG C63 S and he justified this difference in power by mentioning the C63 S has a V8 engine whereas the RS4 will have two less cylinders.
Word on the street says the Audi RS4 Sedan and Avant will have up to 480 bhp, but this is just a rumor at this point so we will have to wait for a confirmation. If this turns out to be legit, the new RS4 is going to be 30 bhp more powerful than its predecessor and should be significantly quicker taking into account it will be about 100 kg lighter. Moreover, by using e-turbo technology it means the forthcoming flagship model from the A4 range will also be significantly more economical so we will get the best of both worlds: better performance and improved fuel economy.
Source: Autocar UK