Supercars, by the very nature of their low-slung, two-seater layouts, are completely selfish machines.

Theyre also generally head-turning to the point of being ostentatious, cost a fortune to buy and own and are far from practical.

The Audi RS4 Avant is the Clark Kent of supercars as, behind its humble disguise as a regular family-focused station wagon, lurks a heroic machine with a wide range of powers. Its been a signature model in Audis performance car crew for almost 20 years and across three generations, offering a uniquely versatile take on the modern European muscle car.

The latest model arrived in Australian showrooms earlier this year, largely following the formula of its predecessors with the exception of a wholesale powertrain change that trades the sonorous and high-revving naturally-aspirated V8 for a more efficient, smaller-displacement twin-turbo V6.

Its been widely criticised for lacking the same emotional appeal of the bent-eight blasters before it, but that may be missing the point of what is, ultimately, one of the most user-friendly performance machines on the planet.

Lets find out.

Is it right for me?

Theres a lot to like about the RS4 Avant, thanks to its broad range of talents.

First and foremost, its definitely fast (you could opt for a trio of more affordable A4 Avant variants if power and performance isnt high on your priorities) but its also hugely practical, reasonably spacious and luxuriously equipped.

It is a multi-purpose, multi-dimensional car that appeals to the heart and the head in equal measures, and really has only one direct rival in the Mercedes-AMG C63 S Estate, although there is a fleet of hi-po SUV alternatives that do much the same job.

Source: Drive

October 31, 2018