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Audi really IS planning on introducing an RS 4 Avant. Yes, we have plenty of spy evidence, as seen here and here. But sometimes projects are halted while in development. Good thing this one is not. Introduced to the general public at the 2017 Frankfurt International Motor Show, the all-new RS 4 Avant looks and promises to be the most sensational soccer mom’s car this side of R1.5 million.

I may have stated a price but it’s important note that there is currently no plan to import the car to Mzansi, let alone price it. Nevertheless we believe it if were to arrive here, pricing would be below that level. And so what would you get in return for your big bucks? Mainly the exceptional performance coupled with a very spacious car. That means a real family car that turns into a sports car when needed, but is essentially and fundamentally used for family outings and daily trips. South Africans don’t like “station wagons” by the way, so it would be in limited numbers and be able to justify a high sticker price.

That performance is courtesy of the new 2.9-litre twin turbo V6 engine that produces 331kW of power and 600Nm of strong torque. Quattro all-wheel-drive is standard and, in conjunction with an 8-speed automatic gearbox, allows for a claimed 0 – 100km/h time of 4.1 seconds and a 250km/h top speed (280km/h with an optional RS Dynamic Package). Audi also says it will average only 8.8 litres per 100km in fuel consumption. The change in engine from a V8 to the V6 has, among other reasons, resulted in an 80kg weight loss.

To tell the RS 4 Avant from its simpler siblings would not be hard. Several items stand out ahead of others, including the sporty front grille with piano black honeycomb patterns and RS 4 badging, blackened side mirrors, 19 or 20-inch wheels, flared wheel arches, a roof spoiler, an RS air diffuser and two large oval tailpipes we always expect to see on an RS car.

The interior is quite nicely done, featuring things like RS sports seats with a diamond pattern, alcantara inserts, a flat-bottomed multifunction steering wheel with perforation, as well as the MMI infotainment system featuring Audi Virtual Cockpit. In addition to the normal indicators, added information includes torque, tyre pressure and G-forces, stuff you would expect to see on a sports car.

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