Unlike previous versions of the RS4, the model for the 2017 Audi A4 will come much sooner in the production lifecycle.
The Audi A4 2017 model was just released, and according to the latest reports, the improved version of the Audi A4 will likely return to saloons as early as 2016 with a different motor than the previous versions.
The latest report suggests that the Audi RS4 will be powered by a 3.0 liter V-6 motor with an electric turbocharger. The result will be a high performance car with 480hp.
Just for comparison, the fourth version of the Audi A4 went on sale in 2008, but the RS4 version came much later, in 2012. This time, however, Audi is determined to bring the RS4 model to customers much sooner in the car’s lifecycle, while the A4 model is still fresh.
Previous versions of the RS4 used a naturally aspired motor, a 4.2 liter V-8. However, Audi has had plans for an e-turbo motor for quite some time, and it looks like the latest version of the RS4 will finally benefit from it. The RS4 that will be released in 2016 will be the first car in which Audi has used the electric turbocharging technology. The e-turbo motor is powered by batteries that recharge through a generator. The generator produces energy by regenerative braking.
In terms of power, the Audi RS4 will be better than its BMW counterpart, but weaker than the performance car from Mercedes. For comparison, the next generation engine in the RS4 could produce around 480hp. That will put the vehicle ahead of the BMW M3 which produces 425hp and the 469hp Mercedes AMC C63 version. However, the S version of the AMG C63 will still be the gold standard with 503hp. One difference though is that Audi’s car uses a V6 unit, while the Mercedes AMG C363 S is powered by a V8 unit.
At the moment, there is no word when the car will be officially introduced. Initial reports suggest as early as September, but the reality is that we will have to wait a little longer to see the RS4 in action. What is certain is that the model will be launched “early in the production cycle”.
Regarding bodystyles, there are reports that the RS4 will remain an Avant-only car. However, this might change for the next generation since markets like China and the US have changed the way carmakers approach a model. In those markets the demand for four-door car models is huge. The Avant estate form will continue to be offered, but we expect to see wagon and sedan versions as well.