IT is almost 20 years exactly since the once clearly-defined boundary between versatile estate car and extreme sports car was blurred by the Audi Avant RS2. The trailblazer for a high-performance breed which continues to flourish is being commemorated by the new RS 4 Avant Nogaro selection. The new special edition will make its début at the Geneva Motor Show with Nogaro blue paint finish and exclusive equipment.
The customised Nogaro blue, pearl effect paint finish is the most immediately apparent tribute to the RS2 in the anniversary model. In addition, the frame of the Singleframe grille and the window surrounds are painted high-gloss black, and the roof rails matt black. The RS sports exhaust system terminates in two oval, high-gloss black tailpipe trims. Under the bonnet of the Audi RS 4 Avant Nogaro selection sits a high-revving V8 naturally aspirated engine with a displacement of 4,163cc. The 4.2 FSI delivers 450PS of power at 8,250 rpm, with peak torque of 430 Nm (317.15 lb-ft) available between 4,000 and 6,000 rpm. The resonant eight-cylinder engine powers the anniversary model from 0 to 62mph in 4.7 seconds and takes it to a governed top speed of 174mph. Its combined fuel economy is 26.4mpg — a CO2 equivalent of 249 grams per kilometre.