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Audi updates RS4 Avant with sharper looks review

RS6 style design and new touchscreen infotainment system for hot estate

The RS4 Avant has received a facelift, with a reshaped grille similar to the new RS6 Avant and RS7, the restructure is mainly at the front as with the standard A4 and enhanced interior equipment.

The RS4 is revamped with a look to bring it in line with the new RS6 with a redesigned front grille, bumper and lower splitter to further distance the performance variant from the standard model, which gives a more aggressive stance than the outgoing RS4.

The traditional Audi Sport honeycomb grille now sits flush with the body, no frame and the LED headlights have also been redesigned and can now be specified with darkened bezels. The track is also widened by 30mm over the standard A4

Inside, a new 10.1in infotainment touchscreen, equipped with Audi’s new MMI acoustic response technology, in place of the outgoing car’s rotary controller. A new digital instrument panel can display drive system component temperatures, g-forces, tyre pressures, power output, lap times and acceleration measurements. It also features a shift light display to assist the driver with gearchange timings.

The Avant is powered by the same turbocharged 2.9-litre V6, 444bhp and 443lb ft  that gives a 0-62mph time of 4.1sec and top speed of up to 174mph.

The new RS4 Avant will make its public debut at this weekend’s DTM season finale at the Hockenheimring, ahead of sales beginning later this month.

UK pricing has not yet been confirmed, but a starting price of around £65K - £70K is expected.