Tuesday, February 14, 2012
Audi RS4 Avant
The announcement of this car makes us very, very angry at North Americans. It's a Eurozone only offer...meaning we'll never have one. Why can't the colonies embrace the wagon? The SUV is ubiquitous, and although we can see some purpose to the SUV in very specific cases, their proliferation is really beyond us when one can opt for a wagon. Case in point...SUV's do not handle well, they are not good on gas, yet offer lots of room which obviously appeals to the family. That being said, a wagon can be good on gas, can handle extremely well, and offer lots of room. You see the disconnect right? There is a superior option available, yet North Americans are hell bent on unnecessarily big vehicles. Maybe it's because the North American manufacturers have never offered an inspired wagon? Remember the wood panelled Vista Cruisers of the 70's? All the European marks have wagons...really, really nice wagons. Even the base level Audi A4 Avant is a beauty...but it is the Audi RS4 version that really gets the blood pumping. It's an all wheel drive, 450 horsepowered monster that rockets from naught to 60 in 4.5 seconds...making the morning rip to the day care with the kids more of a joyride than a chore. Although...this particular model does shoot to hell our point regarding gas mileage, as dropping the hammer will make the gas needle visibly move, but we'd rather get crummy gas mileage scaring the s@#$ out of passengers with speed then with weight. More pics after the jump.