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2012 Audi RS4 Avant [w/video]

The Only RS4 We Need (And Won't Get) This is the B8 generation of the Audi A4 and, as with any A4 generation, there's no small wagon quite as scintillating as an RS4 Avant. The U.S. has never been gifted with this heavy hauler, and that is just one of life's many injustices. Even with the previous B7 generation that Audi pushed hard to popularize worldwide, the stunning Avant never came to the U.S. In fact, the only wagon we'll be getting for some time from Audi is the A4 Allroad, which feels like a token consolation prize. This all seems an odd choice by Ingolstadt since the U.S.... Read More

Vital Stats

Engine:
4.2L V8
Power:
444 HP / 317 LB-FT
Transmission:
7-Speed S-tronic
MSRP:
$70,000 (est.)
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