Let us be frank: The second-generation Audi RS4 was one of the best, most exciting cars of the past decade. A four-door sedan with a 4.2-liter V8, all-wheel drive, and a six-speed manual transmission? What wasn’t to like?
While you can still get a taste of the B7 RS4’s character with the current RS5, it isn’t quite the same. That’s why we’re giddy about a new report from Car and Driver, which claims that not only is a new RS4 on the way, but that it could, maybe, possibly return to the United States.
As previously reported, the fourth-generation RS4 will go back to a twin-turbocharged V6, after two generations of unassisted V8s under the hood. As per RS4 tradition, it will also be limited to a five-door Avant body style, because “that is what people expect from the RS4,” Quattro GmbH boss Heinz Hollerweger told Car and Driver. An RS5 Sportback could also be in the offing, which might remain more true to the character of the first US-market RS4.
The US question, though, remains an iffy one, largely because of the Avant shape. Audi has reduced the number of wagons it’s offered in the US over the years, dropping the A4 and A6 Avant, although the former is sort of still offered in the form of the Allroad. But that position might be enough to keep the next-gen RS4 off our shores, although as the Quattro boss told CD the US market is changing and “there is more demand there [for wagons], so maybe that will change.”
Well, Herr Hollerweger, we’re here to tell you that America loves wagons, and that you should put the next-gen RS4 on sale over here post haste. Danke.