2020 Audi RS4 New Release

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Look at the power figures of the new, fourth-generation Audi RS 4, and you’d be forgiven for thinking that no progress had been made. Its output is identical to the old naturally-aspirated 4.2-litre V8 model, which first went on sale in 2012.

While deciding to stick rather than twist with 444bhp may seem at odds with these power-obsessed times, it isn’t without reason. Audi’s hot estate recipe has changed, with a substantial 170Nm torque boost– up to 600Nm – coming by way of a new, lighter twin-turbocharged engine.

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It’s a straightforward downsizing exercise – lose two cylinders, gain two turbos, and boast a jump in fuel economy, as this new RS 4 manages 32.1mpg officially. The 2.9-litre V6 ‘hot vee’ twin-turbo now found under the bonnet is shared with the new but rather unexciting RS 5, but we found it more at home in the more practical and useable RS 4 when we drove it in Europe late last year. Now, the latest member of Audi’s RS line-up is here in the UK.

4.1 seconds is the claimed new 0-62mph time thanks to that additional bit of grunt, though it’s plain to see that it’s a conservative estimation – make use of the launch control function and a dash dipping into the three second column certainly feels realistic. The usual limited 155mph top speed is applied, but it can be upped to a higher 174mph electronic threshold (280kph in the Audi’s native Germany) for an extra £1,450.

Indeed, searing cross-country pace is this new RS 4’s distinct character trait. There’s a slight hint of lag when you pin the throttle, but from 2,000rpm onwards the punch and responsiveness of that new six-cylinder unit is almost relentless, and it’ll keep shovelling power to the all-wheel-drive system pretty much all the way to the 7,000rpm redline. Even in its most docile Comfort drive mode the RS 4 picks up the pace without breaking a sweat, and does so with a ride quality that’s barely any less supple than a regular A4.

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Flicking the selector into Dynamic ramps things up with sharper throttle response, while the gearbox holds gears for longer. Of course, paddles on the steering wheel are present and accounted for, if you really want the maximum level of involvement.

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