2018 Audi RS4 – the beast with R8 heart

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It has long been said that Audi were going to drop the normally aspirated V8 from the lineup, and now it seems that the new RS4 will indeed have a completely new motor, which if rumors are to be believed, will also be fitted in the Audi R8 supercar. So you just know that it’s going to be a little punchy.

Audi haven’t said whether they will be sending the RS4 wagon to the U.S. as yet, they haven’t done so far because they just don’t seem popular, however, whether it does reach the American coastline or not, it’s going to be one hell of a car.

2018 Audi RS4 Release date

Although Audi have let some information slip regarding the new 2018 Audi RS4, one thing they haven’t said is when to actually expect to see one in the showrooms, given that Audi have been putting in fast laps around the Nurburgring in a fully camouflaged RS, we think that it will hit the dealers forecourt in mid 2017.

2018 Audi RS4 release date: mid-2017

2018 Audi RS4 Price

We don’t have any USD prices, but in Europe, the Audi RS4 will retail for around €62,000. If it does come stateside, and the assumption is for a direct comparison pricewise, it will start in the region of $68,500.

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2018 Audi RS4 Redesign and changes

Let’s start with the biggest news; gone is the ‘old fashioned’ normally aspirated V8 mule, to be replaced by either a 2.9 or 3.0 liter twin turbo charged V6, there are no official figures for power output, but it will be at least 450 BHP. In fact, the motor will pack such a punch that it’s rumored to be the next gen powerplant for the R8 supercar. It definitely won’t be a lightweight. Having said, it doesn’t have the proper V8 growl that we all love, so if that’s your thing, look elsewhere.

Coupled to the motor will be Audi’s 7-speed dual clutch auto transmission, which will of course, drive all four wheels with the Quattro system.

We’re also expecting the new RS to be slightly lighter; it’s built on the MLB Evo platform and will use exotics like carbon fiber in the manufacturing and construction to help reduce weight without losing any of the sharp handling and ride quality; we definitely don’t want to see a fast sedan ruined by lazy suspension and slow steering.

The new Audi RS4 will pack a bigger punch for less weight, surely that has got to be fun?

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The new RS4 promising outstanding performance, but with the same level of comfort as standard Audi sedan.

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