One could say that Audi was one of the pioneers of the super sporting wagon. Sure, there were fast wagons before it, but the brand from Ingolstadt took the performance estate game to a whole new level with the 1994 RS2. Since then, Audi has been making super wagons that can take on sports cars on a straight and on the bends.
Just in time for the 25th anniversary of their first high-performance wagon, Audi has updated and upgraded the RS4. It gets a new front look, along with a host of minor technical updates.
The RS4 now adapts a similar look as its coupe counterpart, the RS5. Its headlights are sharper and look even more aggressive thanks to its LED daytime running light pattern. The grill loses its frame, making it appear wider than the standard models and the honeycomb pattern is also new this year. Last but not least are the bumper corners, which houses a pair of larger corner intakes and sizeable foglights.
Also new are a set of five-spoke alloy wheels which are, again, lifted from the RS5. The patterns on the tail lights have also been redesigned, as well as the rear bumper diffuser. Its blistered wheel arches, which have become a defining feature for the wagon, are thankfully untouched.
Aside from the tweaked look, the RS4 comes with upgraded software systems that aims to make the wagon even sharper to drive. Dynamic Ride Control and its steering system have been re-engineered to deliver on that promise. As with most Audi RS perfomance model, more power is sent to the rear wheels than the front but for those who want their wagon to be even more planted, a sports differential for the rear is also available.
And speaking of power, the RS4 gets its punch from a 2.9-liter, twin-turbocharged V6 engine. It's good for 450 PS and 600 Nm of torque. This helps the RS4 rocket to 100 km/h from a standstill in just 4.1 seconds. Top speed is limited to 250 km/h but a Driver's Package raises that to 280 km/h.
With figures like that, this station wagon, that can seat five and carry a month's worth of groceries, can out accelerate several cars from their cousins, Porsche. The RS4 gets to 100 km/h faster than the 718 Boxster S, 718 Cayman S, and more impressively, the 911 Carrera.