We test the new 444bhp Audi RS4 Avant against its key rival from Mercedes: the C63 AMG Estate
Ever since the wild RS2 was launched two decades ago, fast estates have played a big part in Audi’s success.
So it’s no surprise that the new RS4 is sold exclusively in Avant guise.
This latest in a long line of fast quattro wagons is powered by the same 444bhp 4.2-litre V8 engine as the RS5 coupe and R8 supercar. And there’s no missing the RS4 Avant, with its subtle yet aggressive styling and trademark detailing.
But the new Audi faces a stern rival, in the shape of the Mercedes C63 AMG Estate. This car’s mighty 6.2-litre V8 produces 451bhp and a thumping 600Nm of torque.
Strictly speaking, a top-spec diesel A4 Avant or C-Class Estate will have all the performance you could need, but these cars aren’t about being sensible – they’re guilty pleasures that offer mind-boggling power, plus luxury, practicality and huge desirability. There’s something uniquely appealing about these super estates, and this is sure to be a closely fought battle for supremacy.