2017 Frankfurt Motor Show: Audi RS4 Avant image

The Ingolstadt-based manufacturer had something for everybody at this year’s edition of the Frankfurt Motor Show – a RWD R8 supercar, the A8 limousine as well as two concepts for the autonomous future.

But those looking to blend practicality with a jolly good time behind the wheel need to look at Audi Sport’s second worldwide premiere for the Frankfurt Motor Show – the RS4 Avant. It supersedes the S4 Avant in the lineup, with the hardcore RS version taking care of the part where you need a truly aggressive station wagon. Setting itself apart is easy – well, for Audi fans at least – larger air vents, oval exhaust tips, and a new roof-mounted rear spoiler should settle the query.

Audi RS 4 Avant

Audi says the design is a nod to the legendary 90 quattro IMSA GTO race car as well as the first generation of the model first seen back in 1999 via the similar Nogaro blue paint, only available through Audi Exclusive. The RS4 Avant takes the biturbo 2.9-liter V6 engine from the RS5 Coupe, so it does haul fast with 450 horsepower (331 kilowatts) and 443 pound-feet (600 Newton-meters) of torque. The quick wagon will take your kids to school with a sprint to 62 mph (100 kph) in a mere 4.1 seconds, and getting the optional RS dynamic package will see dad hitting a maximum speed of 174 mph (280 kph). Naturally, there’s Quattro all-wheel drive and the new RS4 Avant is 80 kilograms (176 pounds) lighter than before, with a curb weight of 3,946 pounds (1,790 kilograms).