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  • [NEWS] The New RS4 Avant and Why Audi Have Got To Sell This In Indonesia

    The new RS4 is missing something; a V8. Rather than a wonderful naturally-aspirated 4.2L V8, there's now a twin-turbocharged 2.9L V6, and before you walk away, get this; it was developed in collaboration with Porsche. Oh yes.

    Despite being smaller, the V6 still produces 444 horsepower, which in Speed Creed math is 450 horsepower and that's the same as the old V8. Good, but even more good news is is the 442lb-ft torque figure, which is a 125lb-ft of torque boost from the V8, and on a day-to-day basis, torque is what you really want for that punchy feel of acceleration and to scare your wife and your kids during the morning commute.

    The RS4 is capable of reaching 100km/h in just 4.1 seconds and on to a top speed of 174mph, it's electronically limited but still faster than BMW's and Merc's limiter.

    What we love most about this car is just how handsome it looks, hat enormous honeycomb singleframe grille makes it look really awesome, along with a 30mm wider wheel-arches just give a nice stance.

    Audi in Indonesia were selling a couple of RS models a few years back but obviously it wasn't much of a success since there weren't any good reason to buy an RS Audi in Indonesia; we don't really need the AWD, there wasn't anything else differentiating RS from AMGs and M cars, not to mention the community surrounding those cars.

    With the RS4 Avant though, we believe Audi can really build a name in Indonesia. There have a been a rise in interest for estate cars in Indonesia, with Mercedes-Benz introducing the E-Class estate last year and the C-Class estate early this year to the Indonesian market, they also put the C63 AMG Estate on their price list as of August 2017. Not to mention their CLS Shooting Brake model, and we've seen a number of these estate cars roam around Indonesian roads more often in the past two years. Mazda also put the Mazda 6 Estate on display at the Gaikindo Auto Show although they didn't have units ready for sales.

    Our point is, there's a market for estate cars now in Indonesia - albeit still a niche one - and Audi could get in on it and start selling their high-performance estate to Indonesia, as Mercedes-Benz with the C63 AMG estate would be their only competition. So what do you think, would you get an RS4 Avant over something like say, an M3?