Audi's Estate of the Art; GERMAN GIANT AUDI IS LAUNCHING ITS RS4 AVANT WITH TOP SPEEDS OF 170MPH

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Audi's Estate of the Art; GERMAN GIANT AUDI IS LAUNCHING ITS RS4 AVANT WITH TOP SPEEDS OF 170MPH


Byline: CHRIS RUSSON

AUDI'S wolf in sheep's clothing - an estate car with a top speed of more than 170mph - is back in business.

The German car maker has announced it will be launching a new version of the mighty RS4 Avant later in the year.

Powered by a 450ps 4.2-litre naturally aspirated V8, the super hot Avant is capable of 0 to 60mph in 4.7 seconds and can hit 174mph with an optional power upgrade in place.

In 'regular' form its top speed is electrically restricted to 155mph.

Audi says it expects the car to be on the streets late in September and although no pricing has been announced, expect it to be well beyond pounds 50,000.

The RS4 will be available only in the Avant estate body style but has subtle body tweaks such as flared wheel arches.

It is also slightly longer, wider and lower than a standard A4 Avant.

The engine is the same as that Audi uses in the RS5 coupe and despite the awesome performance it is rated as averaging 25.

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