The next-generation Audi RS4 Avant has been spied testing near the Nurburgring.
While the North American market can only hope the RS4 comes to the U.S. and Canada in sedan form, Europeans get to celebrate that the RS4 will live on with the new A4 body. At first glance, it appears that this is your run-of-the-mill Audi S4 Avant, but it features fender flares from the Audi allroad that have been bolted on along with wider 20-inch wheels. That certainly hints that Audi is up to something especially since the current RS4 Avant comes standard with similar 20-inch wheels.
It is more than likely that the S4 is serving as a mule for an RS4 Avant, but don’t expect the RS4 to come with similar allroad fenders. Expect flared bodywork that is typical on the more aggressive, high-performance RS variants from Audi akin to what BMW does for its full-fledged M models. As for what will power the new RS4? It appears that Audi will use the same 3.0-liter engine found in the S4 but with a twin-turbo setup. What is unclear is whether Audi will incorporate an electric turbo, technology that the German automaker has been exploring in recent concepts.
There’s still hope that the RS4 could come to the U.S. Fourtitude reports that when it explained to Audi of America how it wished the RS6 would come to the U.S., the company replied that something else like that may come instead.