Heinz Hollerweger, the Managing Director of quattro GmbH has confirmed to Car And Driver that the fourth generation Audi A4‘s RS variant will sport a turbocharged V6 engine, unlike the previous one’s naturally aspirated V8.
“I think that power has increased more than enough, and of course other performance is improved too”, he said. The turbocharged engine will have power output in excess of previous one’s 420 hp.
Mr. Hollerweger didn’t reveal that launch timeline of the new Audi RS4 but did assure that the launch will be relatively early. This means that it could very likely to arrive soon after the S4 which is due next year with a powerful supercharged V6 engine.
The 2017 Audi RS4 will also be an estate-only model and thus, Audi of America is again likely not to sell it. However, the market is changing in the U.S. with signs of increasing demand for wagons and the RS4 Avant may be sold in the U.S. in the future, suggested Mr. Hollerweger.
The all-new RS 5 Sportback maybe be chosen for the U.S. instead of the RS 4 Avant. The coupe-styled four-door has much higher chances of success here than the RS 4 Avant which is an estate-only variant. The RS 7 already sold and a proven model in the North American market and a smaller version would be accepted much better than a high performance European estate.
Whether it is the Audi RS5 Sportback or the less likely Audi RS4 Avant, U.S.A. is getting either of the two as the company is feeling the heat from BMW and Mercedes-Benz who are selling more M and AMG models respectively in the segment.
[Source: Car And Driver]