NSW Police score an Audi RS4 Avant cop car

NSW Police Audi RS4 Avant

The NSW Police Force has just taken delivery of a brand new Audi RS4 Avant. Fitted with a 331kW/430Nm 4.2 litre V8 engine the latest cop car on the streets can hit 100km/h in 4.7 seconds.

Despite this it won’t be used as a pursuit vehicle, rather it will fill a “community and youth engagement” role with the Lake Illawarra Local Area Command.

“The Audi RS 4 provides an exciting and visible platform for our community and youth engagement activities,” said Superintendent Wayne Starling, Commander of Lake Illawarra LAC.

“Our use of the RS 4 will encourage people of all ages to introduce themselves to local police, using the car itself to help start up a conversation.”

The car is on loan NSW Police, who will retain custody of the RS4 Avant for 12 months. The striking livery was selected by around 800 fans in a competition run on the Audi Australia Facebook page.

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2014 Geneva Motor Show in pictures – part 1

2014 Geneva Motor Show

Like us you probably haven’t had a chance to duck over to Europe to check out the Geneva Motor Show. So here’s the first of a two part series bringing you a selection of the cars on show. Here we start with Alfa Romeo and go through to Lexus.


Back to the future for next RS4 engine

2013 Audi RS4 Avant

Word is the free-revving 4.2 litre V8 in the current Audi RS4 will be replaced by a V6 turbo when the next-gen comes to life. If you’re feeling a sense of deja vu that’s okay; the first RS4 (B5 2000–01) was powered by a 2.7 litre twin turbo V6.

Cosworth did the fine tuning for Audi back then, but Quattro GmbH will take charge next time around. It’s not known if they’ll start with a 3.0 litre V6 from Audi’s shelves or create something more bespoke for the RS4. Our guess is they’ll use a 3.0 litre and perhaps once again bolt on a pair of turbochargers.

The main reason for the move away from normally aspirated power is the benefits turbocharging offer to increasing demands for more fuel efficient engines in order to meet EU emissions regulations.

[Source: Car & Driver]


Because Nogaro Blue

Audi RS4 Avant Nogaro selection

If you’re an Audi fan the colour Nogaro Blue will do exciting things to your nether regions. Not least because it was the hero colour of the fearsome RS2 estate, Audi’s first ever RS model, but also because it’s just a shit hot colour.

For some reason Audi stopped offering the colour. Perhaps so they could charge more to put some pretty sparkles in the paint instead. Sprint Blue, a metallic colour, became Audi’s S/RS hue of choice for a while, but it’s not got the purity of Nogaro Blue. The last time we saw Noggy Blue in Australia was on the first-gen S3 and S4 models, around 10 years ago now.

The RS2 celebrates its 20th anniversary this year and to mark the occasion Audi will be launching an RS4 Avant Nogaro selection at the Geneva Motor Show next month. As the name suggests the car will be painted in Nogaro Blue and will include blue interior highlights. We could live without the splashes of blue inside the car to be honest, but they’re a small price to pay for bringing one of the world’s best exterior colours back to life.

It’s the perfect birthday present for one of the motoring world’s most underrated cars. Bravo Audi, bravo!

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Germany v Australia

Audi RS4 v Vauxhall VXR8

Steve Sutcliffe from Autocar brings us a clash of cultures with a great V8 estate debate. It’s the Audi RS4 versus the Vauxhall (nee Holden) VXR8. Germany v Australia. David v Goliath.

We love fast wagons here at AUSmotive and, really, who doesn’t love a V8! Which would you choose?

[Thanks to John for the tip]


2013 Audi RS4 Avant – Australian pricing & specs

2013 Audi RS4 Avant

A couple of weeks back Audi Australia launched the B8 RS4 Avant to the local market. It’s priced from $149,400 and for that you get a lovely sounding 4.2 litre V8 pumping out 331kW/430Nm.

If you floor your right foot the 7-speed S tronic and quattro all-wheel drive system will get you to 100km/h in 4.7 seconds. Which, incredibly, is hot hatch territory these days. Fuel consumption is rated at 10.7l/100km; good but not spectacular.

We can’t help but wonder if the previous-generation B7 RS4 was the high point for this model. Although, if anyone wants to give us one of these new RS4s we’ll take the keys without any protest.

There’s some very nice photos taken by Easton Chang after the break along with Audi Australia’s full complement of press material.

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The fourth estate

Audi RS4 reveiwed by Chris Harris

Last week we brought you the early thoughts of the motoring press on the latest version of the Audi RS4. Now it’s the turn of Chris Harris in video form, who has just filed his online review for Drive following the European press launch.

Harris starts by going back to the B5 RS4, then the B7 model, before seeing how the new B8 RS4 sits alongside those that have gone before it. We think he should have included the RS2 Avant as well—the true origin of the RS4—but can understand why he didn’t.

We get presented with a great sense of what the earlier RS4s did well and what they did poorly. Indeed, for a while there, we see Harris performing the role of used car salesman rather well. Similarly, a wide range of feedback is given by Harris on the new car. Again, negative aspects are balanced with positive thoughts. In the true sense of the word, this is a great review.

However, adding further modern day context, Harris brought along a fourth estate to the party. Watch and enjoy!

For more extensive thoughts from Harris on the RS4, check in to PistonHeads.


Audi RS4 Avant reviews start flowing in

2013 Audi RS4 Avant

The new Audi RS4 Avant has just been launched in the UK, which means we can share with you a few initial thoughts from those who have been lucky enough to drive it. The previous B7 RS4 is one of the most highly acclaimed RS models quattro GmbH has produced. So, how does this all-new version stack up?

Autocar (Giles Newton):If you were lucky enough to know the old RS4 at all, you’re going to wonder where all the vorsprung’s gone, at least at first. Drive it merely moderately fast and the RS4 is quite a remote car, especially if you make the mistake of paying extra for variable ratio dynamic steering… Actually the entertainment offered by the old RS4 is there, and with an added dimension, but you’ll need to look – and drive – harder to find it.”

Pistonheads (Chris Harris): “For many people the RS4’s blend of badge, all-weather performance and brilliant styling will already have sealed the deal. I agree that it’s a compelling recipe. But it isn’t perfect and in lacking that one-stop omnipotence and not having enough torque for low-pulse devastation, for me it doesn’t have the magic of the B7 version.”

Whatcar? (Tom Webster): “RS4 buyers probably won’t be looking for the sensible option, though; instead, they’ll choose it because it can be both a relatively comfortable cruiser and a high-revving sports car. The only disappointment is that it doesn’t thrill that much at normal speeds. The Mercedes C63 AMG Estate feels more special more of the time.”

Hmm. If you read the reviews in full the underlying tone is one suggesting that not much progress has been made from the old model, which ceased production almost five years ago. At first glance, then, it appears Audi may have kicked an own goal. Which is a real shame.


2013 Audi RS4 Avant in detail

2013 Audi RS4 Avant

Official info on the new 331kW 4.2 litre V8-powered Audi RS4 Avant was released back in February, but with its European launch now underway new material and photos have been released.

To ensure you know all there is to know about the RS4 we bring a gallery of 50 new images, including some great cutaway graphics showing what lies beneath the RS4’s skin. We can also give you access to the 20 page detailed press release (188kb PDF).

We’ve taken the key technical points from the RS4 Avant and listed them after the break, along with 14 minutes stock video from Audi.

A reminder, also, the RS4 Avant will go on sale in Australia early next year.


OFFICIAL: 2013 Audi RS4 Avant revealed

2013 Audi RS4 Avant

Early this morning images of the new Audi RS4 were leaked, now, a few hours later Audi has released their official word. It’s one of the shortest gaps from leaked to official info we’ve seen and we say “Bravo!” to Audi.

As expected, then, the RS4 Avant has nicked all the juicy bits from the RS5 including the sweet high-revving 4.2 litre V8 engine, which produces 331kW/430Nm. A 7-speed S tronic transmission and quattro all-wheel drive system transfers that grunt to the road.

With its crown-gear centre diff the RS4 sends power to the wheels with a 40:60 rear bias. A maximum of 70% can be sent to the front wheels, with up to 85% possible at the rear. Aiding handling is Dynamic Ride Control suspension, which uses connected oil-lines to held reduce body roll.

New “internally vented wave disc brakes” help bring things to a halt. Measuring 365mm up front they save around 3kg of unsprung weight, Audi says. In standard configuration the brake calipers feature eight-pistons, but 380mm six-pot ceramic brakes may tempt you.

New style 10-spoke 19″ alloys debut on the RS4 Avant and the familiar 5-spoke rotor alloys are available as an option. You can also select from up to eight colours. Metallic paint is so passé, too, it would seem with two special crystal-effect colours (Prism Silver and Panther Black) sitting atop the colour tree.

And the best news? Audi Australia has confirmed the RS4 Avant will be on sale down under in the first quarter of next year. Time to start saving!

UPDATE: Over 30 new pics have been added below.


Audi RS4 Avant back from the dead?

Audi RS4 prototype

At the end of last year we said Audi had no plans for a B8-based RS4. Well, thankfully, this pic, showing what appears to be an RS4 testing at the Nürburgring, indicates that info was incorrect.

If those wheels look familiar that’s because you’ve seen them on the RS5 coupé. Essentially, the test mule you see here will be the estate version of the RS5. It’s expected the same 4.2 litre V8 will be used, and of course, you can expect the same quattro running gear. There are reports around hinting at a blown 3.0 litre V6, adapted from the current S4, or even a new twin-turbo V8. However, we reckon the 331kW 4.2 is your best bet.

It will be interesting to see if the RS4 is offered with a traditional manual transmission, or if Audi will limit it to a 7-speed S tronic.

Dates are unclear for the possible launch of a new RS4, but we could see the car as soon as mid next year. All we know is, since there hasn’t been an RS4 built since 2008, the wait has been far too long.

[Source: Autoblog | Pic: CarPix]

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Audi says: “No RS4 for you!”

Audi RS4

Here’s one story we had hoped we wouldn’t need to tell. Audi has no plans to build an immediate successor to its almighty RS4. AUSmotive heard this information several months ago, too, but we were hoping we were being led down the garden path. Despite earlier rumours to the contrary, it appears we weren’t.

Supposedly the 331kW RS5 is deemed to provide enough RS thrills on the current B8 platform (or derivative) of the current A4.

Assuming this latest word is correct, it need not mean the end of the RS4 nameplate forever. There have been two RS4 models created by quattro GmbH, one built on the B5 platform (2000–01), the other, and perhaps best of the RS models made to date, built on B7 architecture (2006–08). With any luck, we’ll see a B9 RS4 around 2014, give or take a year.

To remind you why RS4s are the business, even if the B5 wasn’t quite the real deal, you can access a couple of clips after the break.

[Source: Car and Driver]