Audi has been spotted testing a high performance prototype RS4 version of its new A4 executive saloon. Images from carscoops don’t reveal much, but this new model will likely use a V6 engine instead of the old model’s V8. Read on to find out everything we know so far.
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New Audi RS4 styling
Heavy camouflage helps disguise most of the RS4’s unique features but we expect it to look significantly more aggressive than the rather subdued A4. Images of the prototype show us that the wheel arches are wider than the standard car’s and the front and rear bumpers have been heavily modified – probably to improve both aerodynamics and engine cooling.
The angular headlights appear to be the same as the standard car, although the two large air intakes below them are taller and more distinctive. These items could, on the finished car, sport contrasting coloured inserts, similar to those on the RS3, RS6 and RS7. A low splitter on the front bumper can also be seen in these images, as can the two large oval exhaust pipes below a subtly revised rear bumper.
New Audi RS4 interior
The new A4 boasts an impeccably built interior and we expect the new RS4 to be constructed to similarly exacting standards – a few sporty touches, such as a flat-bottomed steering wheel, should help tell it apart from the standard car, however. Audi’s excellent virtual cockpit, a system that replaces traditional analogue instruments with a digital display, will almost certainly be fitted.
New Audi RS4 engine and driving
Audi’s 3.0-litre turbocharged V6 engine will likely be tweaked to produce more than 450hp in the RS4, allowing it to compete with the 475hp Mercedes AMG C63 and the 431hp BMW M3. This engine could also see service in the Audi V6 R8, a car we expect to see on the roads in 2018. Audi’s famous Quattro all-wheel-drive system should help give the new car fearsome levels of grip, too.
New electric turbocharging technology, first installed on the new SQ7 SUV, is something we expect to see on the new RS4. This should help to reduce the delay in throttle response, often called lag, usually associated with large turbocharged engines.
New Audi RS4 price and release date
No official release date has been announced for the Audi RS4 but we expect it to be launched late in 2016. It’s likely that this new model will be priced at approximately £55,000 to compete with rivals from Mercedes and BMW.
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