Audi S4 Avant, 1991-1994
The first charged station wagon from Ingolstadt was the Audi S4 Avant 2.2 turbo quattro. Production of the debut two-volume “esca” began in 1991. For the basis of model took a two-volume Audi 100 Avant, but the S4 differed from the “hundred” by external touches (even the front fenders were wider) and a 2.2-liter five-cylinder turbo engine rated at 230 horsepower (350 Nm of torque). The first “hundred” S4 Avant exchanged for 7.1 seconds – comparable characteristics universal competition it did not have. Since 1992, the S4 Avant was also equipped with a 4.2-liter atmospheric V8 rated at 280 horsepower. This station wagon was half a second faster than the turbocharged S4 Avant and could boast a top speed of 247 kilometers per hour.
Audi RS2 Avant, 1994-1995
Audi considers the year of the foundation of a sports lineup in 1994, that is, counting down from the moment of Audi RS2 wagon appearance. The first model of RS-series was designed together with Porsche using Audi 80 B4 platform. The supercharged 2.2 liter five-cylinder engine, known from S2 model, was finalized, increasing output up to 315 horsepower; five-speed manual gearbox gave way to a six-speed manual. Supersport estate car gained first “hundred” for 5,4 seconds – it is comparable with medium-engined sportcar Ferrari 348 Speciale! The claimed maximum speed of Audi RS2 is 262 kilometers per hour. In a year and a half, Ingolstadt has produced 2,891 copies.
Audi RS4 Avant, 1999-2001
In the second half of 1999 another wagon was added to the RS range – the RS4 Avant. Under the hood instead of inline five was installed a twin-turbocharged 2.7-liter V6, finalized by Cosworth. Eff Eff Efficiency reached 381 horsepower (440 Nm of torque), allowing “five-door” weighing 1620 kilograms to accelerate from 0 to 100 kilometers per hour in 4.9 seconds. The first generation RS4 was the first to feature aluminum rear-view mirrors, which became the “business card” of Audi’s S- and RS-series.
Audi RS6 Plus Avant, 2008-2010
The second generation Audi RS6 is equipped with a modified five-liter V10 engine borrowed from the Lamborghini Gallardo. The supercharged engine with 580 horsepower made the RS6 the most powerful car in Audi’s lineup as of 2010. The two-ton station wagon, with the limiter removed, could reach speeds over 300 kilometers per hour. The sedan in the C6 body managed to set the speed record twice on ice, with a result of 336 kilometers per hour in 2013.
Audi RS4 Avant, available since 2017
The current generation Audi RS4 has returned to turbocharging after 16 years, has finally said goodbye to the sedan body and has remained faithful to all-wheel drive. Under the hood is 450 hp (600 Nm of torque) 2.9-liter V6, familiar from Porsche models; robotized 7-speed transmission gave way to an 8-band automatic. The RS4 conquers the first hundred in 4.1 seconds, and the maximum speed limiter can be shifted to 280 kilometers per hour.