Audi needs to put this BMW M3 rival into production.
Believe it or not, it’s been over a decade since Audi offered the range-topping RS4 as a sports sedan. The B7-generation RS4 packed a 4.2-liter naturally-aspirated V8 engine and was available as a wagon, sedan, and even a two-door convertible. Today’s RS4, on the other hand, is only offered as a wagon and uses a comparatively puny 2.9-liter twin-turbo V6 engine. To make matters worse, it isn’t even sold in America.
But what if the upcoming RS4 was offered as a sedan? Audi hasn’t outlined any plans to make it happen, but that hasn’t stopped artist Nikita Aksyonov from imagining what a next-generation Audi RS4 sedan could look like.
Imagined as a successor to the RS4 sedan built between 2006 and 2008, the front looks virtually identical to the current RS4 Avant, although the headlights have been updated with the new design featured on the facelifted A4. A few small tweaks have also been made to the lower bumper valance.
At the back, the A4 sedan gains two massive exhaust pipes as well as an aggressive rear diffuser. Elsewhere, the taillights have been updated with new graphics seen on the refreshed A4 and there’s also a stylish trunk lid spoiler. Further enhancing the car’s sporty character are wider side skirts and a set of 20-inch alloy wheels.
Unfortunately, the chances of Audi resurrecting the RS4 sedan to take on the new BMW M3 are slim. Audi has hinted, however, that the facelifted RS4 Avant could finally be sold. This is a huge relief as performance wagons have remained forbidden fruit in the US market for far too long. Nothing has been officially announced yet, but a teasing Tweet by Audi suggests some of its sporty wagons are making a belated comeback in the US.