Cadillac admits it only needs to sell a half dozen CTS-V Sport Wagons to cover its development costs. Unfortunately, the same can't be said for the 2013 Audi RS4 Avant. Audi execs have made it clear that its hottest midsize Avant won't be coming to the States anytime soon, so if you're particularly sensitive to forbidden fruit, stop reading now.

Like the RS5, the RS4 Avant packs Audi's meticulously crafted 4.2-liter V8 putting out 450 horsepower at a stratospheric 8,250 RPM and 317 pound-feet of torque from 4,000 to 6,000 RPM. A seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox sends power to Audi's Quattro all-wheel-drive system, including a beefed up version of the S4's torque vectoring rear differential. The run to 60 blows past in the high four-second range and while the "standard" top speed is limited to 155 miles per hour, grease the palms at the Audi service department and you'll max out at 174 mph.

The 14.4-inch front rotors are framed by standard 19-inch lightweight wheels, with optional 14.9-inch carbon ceramic discs barely obscured by 20-inch hoops. A customizable, active suspension is fitted at all four corners, dropping the RS4 by nearly an inch over its standard Avant counterpart.

Pricing hasn't been set, but sales are due to begin this fall in Germany. And if Audi can make the case in the States, we hear the next generation could be a global model.


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      cypherxx666xx
      • 2 Years Ago
      station wagon perfection!
      yesaninsider
      • 2 Years Ago
      "Cadillac admits it only needs to sell a half dozen CTS-V Sport Wagons to cover its development costs" I would L O V E to hear this substantiated in greater detail by either Autoblog or GM...that is quite a statement.
      Dantzig
      • 2 Years Ago
      One of my dream cars. I'd say I'd buy one if they brought it over but I won't kid myself. I simply won't spend that much on a car. Still, I'd love the opportunity to pick up a used one which will never happen if they don't bring it over.
      Worx2749
      • 2 Years Ago
      Audi Avants are the best looking wagons anywhere. Sorry, but when it comes to automobiles, America is NOT the Land of the Free. It used to be, before the Transportation/Enviromental bureaucracy ran wild. (and to think I consider myself an 'environmentalist')
        imag
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Worx2749
        Oh come on. These aren't going to be sold in the US because Americans don't buy wagons, not because of the governmental bogeyman. Americans didn't buy the last ones they brought over, and they aren't really buying the CTS-V, so why would Audi waste it's money?
          Saracen
          • 2 Years Ago
          @imag
          Then why does Cadillac build CTS-V wagons? The reason that european companies bring so few engine and model configurations to the states is because the DOT and EPA make it incredibly difficult and expensive to certify every model.
          BG
          • 2 Years Ago
          @imag
          Sad to say, you are right.
      billydagwood
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'll admit I do dislike audis in general, but OH LORD I am such a sucker for fast wagons and for pocket fenders too. Too bad it won't come to the US, be available with a proper manual, or be anything remotely close to affordable. I wouldn't mind seeing them out on the roads. Alas. Still, it's a fast wagon with flared sides, so that counts for...something.
      ERNSTEVERYTHING
      • 2 Years Ago
      I miss my B7S4 Avant.. bring the RS4 avant over.. I'll buy one..
      rty
      • 2 Years Ago
      Love this beast but I wait for new RS6.
      torqued
      • 2 Years Ago
      Bring it here for $30k and I'll buy one. :)
        Eta Carinae
        • 2 Years Ago
        @torqued
        the regular one doesnt start at 30K, why do you think this one will :/
      Cujo
      • 2 Years Ago
      I totally grew up on the wrong side of the Atlantic...
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