More ABT-tuned 530 hp Audi RS4 Avants are Coming
My love for estate cars is immense (which we call wagons here on our side of the pond). I haven't been writing on DriveTribe for too long, so you're forgiven if you don't know. But that's why I get far too excited when I hear about another fast estate.
As an Audi-backed DTM racing team, ABT Sportsline is no stranger to fast Audi's, and is actually intimately familiar with the RS4 Avant in particular, having already offered the RS4-R last year. ABT says that the demand for the RS4-R far exceeded the limited 50-car run they offered (no surprise there) so they are offering the RS4+ for those who came away empty handed.
Thanks to ABT's own separate computer control unit, every RS4+ will come with "at least" 510 hp. For those that hunger for more power, an optional ABT Power S package brings an upgraded water radiator kit and circulating pump as well as upgraded exhaust, which will be good for 530 hp. I would definitely get that package because, well, it's more power and the added cooling would come in very handy on a track day with that much power.
ABT estimates that a standard RS4 is good for a 0-60 mph run in 4.1 seconds, and their "standard RS4+" with 510 hp is good for 3.9 seconds. But when Car and Driver magazine tested a standard US-spec RS5 with 444 hp, it did 0-60 mph in only 3.5 seconds, so expect this to be even faster.
To make sure there is better handling to go with more power, the RS4+ also comes with modified height-adjustable springs and dampers with help from suspension supplier KW. Or for a little extra, you can get an automatic height-adjustable air-suspension like you get on a Mercedes AMG E63 S. The rear anti-roll bar is also upgraded for sharper turn-in and more neutral handling.
Carbon Fibre This and That
Rounding off the performance upgrades is a host of exterior modifications, some are aerodynamic and functional. All of them are rendered in carbon fibre, including a front lip spoiler/splitter, front blades/cunards, grille surround/frame, rear spoiler, and side skirt. Expect also a spattering of RS4+ logos inside and outside.
It'll cost you...
All of this will cost €28,900. That's on top of the price of an RS4 Avant, of course. Or, if you want the extra bit of power and air-suspension, you'll have to pay €4,490 for the engine upgrades and €1,590 for the suspension. But you do get peace of mind as ABT is confident enough to offer a warranty in certain regions, up to 2 years and 100,000 kms from first registration. If you want one, make sure to head over to ABT Sportsline immediately since they are only making 50 this time around as well and they likely won't last.