15 Feb
The 174 MPH / 25.7 MPG wagon that'll paint the asphalt black

Today Audi unveiled images of its soon-to-be-unveiled 2013 RS 4 Avant — the flagship vehicle for the Four Ring’s highest selling A4 line-up. Set to drop sheets at this year’s Geneva Auto Show, the RS 4 Avant will be powered by the 4.2 liter V8 found in the RS5, generating 450 horsepower and an electronically limited top speed of 155 mph… although uncorked the RS 4 Avant will reportedly hit 174 mph. The handbuilt engine is a beauty, its naturally aspirated design boasting 430 Nm of torque and a 0-62 MPH click of just 4.7 seconds. Even with that type of performance, Audi still claims 25.7 mpg combined. Now that’s efficient. Mated to a seven-speed S tronic transmission (which you can toggle between automatic and manual) and Audi’s industry leading AWD quattro system, you have a station wagon that’s ready to battle with some lower tier supercars. Of course this isn’t just any wood-paneled station wagon — Audi’s muscling out its exterior with sill extensions, flared wheel arches, roof spoiler, 19″ wheels (20″ optional), dual exhaust oval tailpipes and a more aggressive fascia highlighted by a high-gloss anthracite honeycomb grill, air intakes and lip spoiler. More details — including price — to come in Switzerland. But if you live in the USA it’s not gonna do you much good — for some reason Audi thinks Americans don’t want high performance station wagons. Are we really that dumb?!

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