Personally, and this is just me....I don't think performance and utility need to be in the same package. Too much compromise there.
I'll add that I have a 914-6 that I can have way more fun in then ANY modern 911, as it really is a drivers car.
If I'm going to spend +$70K, then I want to be coddled and still be able to drive fast and ENJOY driving fast.....plus the wife can't get mad if we need to pick up friends for dinner or the like.
I posted Road and Track's and Car and Driver's opinion, not mine.
So you're saying they're biased for praising a "crap" driving car?
Any chance that S4 Avant will return for B9 model?
My household was looking at the A4 Avant and went with an A6 Avant instead due to cabin space and a far larger trunk.
This would still make a good car if you don't have a full family.
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I did a double take when I saw the RS4 in our garage. Honestly, I wouldn't look too far into it. There's been all kinds of stuff here like the Polo, Scirocco, A1, etc. that didn't have a chance of being sold in the U.S. I know it's blasphemy, but a QS5 would likely sell in much higher numbers than a RS4 Avant. Wouldn't be that much slower either.
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Since this is a question, I say bring it if it makes economic sense. I cant imagine the market for Avants being all that great, but if theres potential market growth, why not?
From a personal standpoint, I dont like Avants at all, so i dont care if it comes or not. Give me a coupe or sedan over the Avant variant any day!
I wish I was in a position to afford an RS4 Avant, if I was I would want them to bring it over. I'm only short about $70k. I'd be happy with an S3 sportback.
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What would make the whole thing easier is if they'd just sell a sedan version. Yes, I know RS cars were originally wagons and wagons are the best and everyone helps their friend move every weekend and all that nonsense. I'm just saying with minimal effort they could have a much more popular RS4 sedan on our shores if they wanted to.
Can it hold a rear facing child seat?
Honestly, it sounds like this car may actually come here. If so, it is definitely going on my top 3 list of next cars.
The B7 RS4 cost a stupid $100k here. With our dollar appreciating to par with the US, I expect a price within 5-7% of the US.
I would love to see the current S4 Avant sold here as well. It makes the S4 go from a car I might hypothetically consider in a sea of similar vehicles to a car that has that extra something that sells me on it. The fact that the CTS-V comes in manual wagon combination, for me, it puts the CTS-V at the top of my list in that field. If the CTS-V doesn't have that configuration, I just see another competitor. (I realize the CTS-V is RS4 territory, just illustrating what I'm trying to say and I realize I'm totally off point)
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Here is the primary problem as far as I can tell:
Why can't we just get a tarted up 3.0T (S/C)? Why not the 2.5T from the TT-RS with MOAR boost?
Why, oh why, are we stuck with yet another generation of a 4.2L V8 that gets horrendous gas mileage, and will undoubtedly need a $8k-12k service at around 100,000 miles to replace a Rube Goldberg contraption of chains, tensioners, pulleys, and whatever the Audi engineers have managed to cram in between the engine and the transmission.
I love wagons, I love German cars, and I love fast German cars. This car does not do it for me. As many others have reiterated on here, I would much prefer an S4 Avant with some sort of option package to get the RS4 styling/brakes/seats.
I know this won't happen. But as it stands, I will not be spending $75k+ on this thing. There are just too many faster, better cars out there. Cadillac CTS-V comes to mind. So does the BMW M5 (though it is not offered as a wagon, admittedly, and is more expensive).
Give me a $55k S4 Avant, however, and you might be on to something.