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2012 ABT RS4 Avant

Every new generation of the Audi RS4, having been on sale since 1999 and traditionally tuned by ABT Sportsline, has seen an uprating. Incidentally, even its legendary forefather, the RS2 (315 hp/232 kW), is still at a par with many modern sports cars. Although the RS4 is now powered by a 4.2l V8 with 450 hp (331 kW) and accelerates faster than previous generations, one essential number hasn’t changed at all: its top speed of 250 km/h. The reason is its factory electronic speed limiter. But the globally largest tuner of cars produced by the Volkswagen Group has filed down the electronic speed chain, as it were, and the ABT RS4 now reaches a top speed of almost 290 km/h.

You could almost think the new car from Bavaria would “roar” out of excitement and joy, but its full bass comes from the optionally available stainless-steel exhaust system. From the catalytic converter, ABT Sportsline replaces the system with optimised components on which the serially very musical V8 always seems to find the right tone. It goes without saying that the Bavarians also offer a TÜV approval for this “brass instrument”.

In visual terms, the standard RS4 Avant is certainly not a nobody, but the tuning company has discovered more potential for a better look in its wheel houses. ABT uses one size larger alloy wheels in its ABT DR design in 9 x 20 inches. These dimensions aside, their design also means more dynamism. There is the cool gun metal finish and the spokes arranged like a turbine blade. To make the car’s muscular appearance perfect, the Bavarian car tuner also installs 25mm wheel spacers on each side. And finally there is the ABT boot mat and the matching set of floor mats. After all, your foot on the pedal should feel comfortable: It will now be able to take the car beyond 250 km/h…

Story by Audi AG

In Detail

tags rs4
type Professionally Tuned Car
built at Germany
predeccesor 2006 Audi RS 4 Avant
engine 4.2 V8 32v FSI
position Front, Longitudinal
aspiration Normal
block material Aluminum
valvetrain Chain-Driven DOHC, 4 Valves per Cyl w/VVT
fuel feed FSI Direct Injection
displacement 4163 cc / 254.04 in³
bore 84.5 mm / 3.3 in
stroke 92.8 mm / 3.7 in
power 331 kw / 443.9 bhp @ 8250 rpm
specific output 106.63 bhp per litre
torque 430 nm / 317.2 ft lbs @ 4000 rpm
redline 7000
body / frame Unit Steel w/Aluminum Front Fenders
driven wheels Quattro 4WD w/TCS
wheel type 19-inch alloy
front tires 265/35-19
rear tires 265/35-19
front brakes Ventilated Discs w/8-Piston Sliding Caliper, EBD, ABS
f brake size 34 x 365 mm / 1.3 x 14.4 in
rear brakes Ventilated Discs w/Single-Piston Sliding Caliper, EBD, ABS
r brake size 22 x 324 mm / 0.9 x 12.8 in
front wheels F 48.3 x 22.9 cm / 19 x 9 in
rear wheels R 48.3 x 22.9 cm / 19 x 9 in
steering Rack & Pinion w/Power Assist
f suspension Double Wishbones w/Coil Springs, Telescopic Shock Absorbers, Anti-Roll Bar
r suspension Multi-link Wishbones w/Coil Springs, Telescopic Shock Absorbers, Anti-Roll Bar
length 4719 mm / 185.8 in
width 1850 mm / 72.8 in
height 1416 mm / 55.7 in
transmission 7-Speed S-Tronic Automatic
top speed ~290 kph / 180.09 mph
0 – 100 kph ~4.7 seconds
drag 0.34 Cd