• Mar 30, 2011
Audi RS4 Avant spy shots – Click above for high-res image gallery

Despite the rumors of its demise, the next-generation Audi RS4 appears to be on track (literally) based on this mule that our spy shooters have just spied on Germany's Nürburgring. Seen here testing in the all-too-desirable Avant body style, the next RS4's final design will likely be a bit more aggressive, incorporating a much more pronounced front fascia complete with lower air intakes similar to those on the RS5 Coupe. On this mule, we can clearly see the larger wheels (straight from the RS5 – how 'bout that), bigger brakes and slightly wider track.

As for power, the safest bet is to expect that the RS5's high-revving 4.2-liter V8 will carry over to the RS4, producing somewhere around 450 horsepower. Other rumors have suggested that an all-new 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 could be put to use here, but based on all of the scuttlebutt we've heard, the 4.2-liter V8 still looks to be the safest bet. Since the RS4's key competitors will be the BMW M3 and Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG, Audi would probably be wise to use the 450-hp mill in an effort to keep things as competitive as possible. The RS4 will surely be no slouch, and we're bursting with eagerness to see (and drive) the end result.

[Source: CarPix]

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      • 3 Years Ago
      Hold on!

      Four tailpipes = S variant.
      Two big tailpipes = RS variant.

      Sure this is the RS4 and not some S4 mule?
        • 3 Years Ago
        That's what I'm saying! It looks like an enthusiast car that threw some RS5 wheels and brakes on his S4 avant! Wouldn't be a long shot either since the OEM + look is very popular with these cars
      • 3 Years Ago
      I see nothing new? Just a B8 Avant with some R/S5 rims and breaks? Who's to say that there is a 4.2 under the hood?
      • 3 Years Ago
      4 liter V6? No, the rumored turbo engine is the "4.0T" 4 liter turbocharged FSI V8.
      • 3 Years Ago

      Please do a feature on why Americans don't buy wagons/sports wagons anymore.

      Is it as simple as how they rather buy SUVs and minivans?

      All auto enthusiasts blogs I visit have strong fans for the wagons. I myself have been searching for some great looking/performing wagons for some time now. But int he US market, there aren't that many choices..

      • 3 Years Ago
      • 3 Years Ago
      Audi isn`t Audi without the RS4 in their line-up.
      • 3 Years Ago

      Are these the Euro headlights? I know the amber not being in the headlight is a Euro thing, but these headlights look completely different than the US spec ones.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I've really got to wonder about the authenticity of these photos, those aren't manufacturers plates and this thing isn't covered at all.
      • 3 Years Ago
      OH YEAH BABY, That is what I want - what a great looking car!

      • 3 Years Ago
      Happy to see it will still have the V8.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Bring this to the US!
      • 3 Years Ago
      There should be a stock-car racing division for wagons. Then things like this would be more popular in the US.
      I'd make it so each car had to carry several boxes of various sizes and weights in the cargo area, and each had to be carried for a certain number of laps. Than teams will have to work out a winning box carrying strategy. And sponsors will get to put their logos all over the boxes to be seen when the pit crews swap out the cargo.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Anything you plan to use on the next pit would have to be carried around for at least 5 laps.
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