The Audi RS 4 Avant (B8) is a high-performance version of the Audi A4 Avant (B8) estate/wagon. It debuted at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show and uses the Volkswagen MLB platform.
The Audi RS 4 Avant (B8) uses the Volkswagen MLB platform. The only transmission available for the B8 RS 4 is a seven-speed dual-clutch S-Tronic automatic transmission delivering power to all four wheels via the Quattro all-wheel-drive system.
Sitting at the front of the RS 4 Avant is a 4.2L (4,163 cc) naturally aspirated FSI 32-valve V8 engine. This V8 produces 444 hp (331 kW) at 8,250 rpm and 317 ft·lb (430 N·m) at 4,000 - 6,000 rpm. Options for the B8 RS 4 include ceramic brakes.
The Audi RS 4 Avant (B8) is claimed to achieve 0-60 mph in 4.7 seconds and reach a top speed of 174 mph (280 km/h).
Around 7,000 units were built. None of them were sold in the United States.
The Audi RS 4 Avant is the ninth original Class C car, along with cars like the Lotus Exige S Coupe and Chevrolet Camaro GS. It was a high-end Class C car, but now it lies just below halfway, marked by the SRT 2013 Dodge Challenger SRT8. It is located between the Lotus Exige S Coupe and the Ferrari 612 Scaglietti.
The Audi RS 4 Avant has excellent all-around stats. It could be compared to its closest and perhaps fiercest competitor, the Lotus Exige S Coupe, to which it is near identical in both performance and affordability. The Audi RS 4 Avant has a high nitro stat and high nitro efficiency, with an efficiency of 5/10/15, equal to that of the DS Survolt and Mercedes-Benz Biome. This efficiency is higher than the 6/12/16 of the Lotus Exige S Coupe. The Audi RS 4 Avant has more emphasis in its nitro stat than in its raw top speed. The Audi RS 4 Avant has decent handling, but far from the best.
The Audi RS 4 Avant is decent for Time-Limited Events. It is often able to the achieve the highest time rewards, but not always, as higher-ranked cars like the Mercedes-Benz CLA 45 AMG Racing Series, Renault Alpine Celebration, and Sbarro Sparta have been introduced, raising the limits and toughening the challenges of Class C events.
In Multiplayer, the Audi RS 4 Avant, similarly to the Lotus Exige S Coupe, Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione and SRT 2013 Dodge Challenger SRT8, is outrun by cars like the Shelby Cobra 427, BMW M2, Mercedes-Benz SLK 55 AMG Special Edition, and Range Rover Evoque Coupe HSE Dynamic, leaving little room for usability.
The Audi RS 4 Avant is useful for Career Mode, due to having many races it can compete in, as well as due to its cheap purchase and upgrade prices.
It is also a good choice for Audi-only events if the player cannot afford the Audi R8 LMS Ultra and its steep prices. However, with the R8 LMS Ultra being far superior to the RS4 Avant in all aspects, the Audi RS4 Avant may only be able to obtain a top 2000-3000 (estimated).
As of the Fifteenth Anniversary Update, the Audi RS 4 Avant costs 440,000 to purchase (originally 49,000, then 63,000, then 45,000 and thrn 55,000). As of the 2019 Spring Update, upgrades cost 760,000 while Pro Kits require 252,000, 15 of each Class C Part, 16 Early & Initial Techs each, 8 Mid-Techs and 20 V6 Engines.