Indeed. Audi claims that it took design inspiration from the 90 quattro IMSA GTO (which you can admire in our Best Audi Sport cars gallery), so there are huge air inlets and carbonfibre-effect sills at the front end.
After dropping the veils off the limited edition R8 V10 RWS last night, Audi has now presented the new generation RS4 Avant, at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show. Yep, the glorious 4.2-litre N/A V8 has gone, usurped by a new 2.9-litre twin-turbo V6 developed in collaboration with Porsche.
From the rear, the new RS4 is easily identified by a unique diffuser insert in the lower bumper, which is sculpted to accommodate big oval exhaust outlets, while a rear spoiler hangs above the rear screen. Its peak torque of 600 Nm (442.5 lb-ft) - 170 Nm (125.4 lb-ft) more than the previous model - is available across a broad engine speed range from 1,900 to 5,000 rpm.
Despite dropping from a V8, the V6, with its higher torque output available between 1900-5000rpm, is able to cover the 0-100km/h sprint in just 4.1 seconds.
All of the power is channelled through an eight-speed automatic transmission, ditching the old dual-clutch auto, and feeding into an all-wheel drive system. As an option, buyers can choose to lift the top speed to 174 miles per hour.
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As standard, United Kingdom cars come with Audi Virtual Cockpit - a fully-digital instrument binnacle - as well as a sport differential and 19-inch alloy wheels.
The RS 4 Avant sits 7mm lower than the A4 with sport suspension, owing to the standard RS Sport suspension in the new vehicle. RS sport suspension plus with Dynamic Ride Control (DRC) is available as an option, as are ceramic brakes and RS-specific dynamic steering.
Audi RS4 Avant order books will open later this year and the first cars are scheduled to reach dealers in Germany and other European countries early in 2018. There are beefy sports seats, a flat-bottomed steering wheel and can be optionally trimmed in carbonfibre and aluminium.
On the inside, the black interior underscores the sporty character of the Audi RS 4 Avant. In the Audi virtual cockpit which is standard in the UK, RS-specific displays indicate the g-forces, tyre pressures and torque.