The performance Audi RS4 Avant has gone on sale with prices starting from £54,295, and deliveries expected in Autumn. The performance estate hosts a 4.2-litre naturally aspirated V8 engine with 450PS, and a maximum torque of 430Nm between 4000 and 6000rpm. The seven-speed S tronic transmission achieves 0-62mph in 4.7secs, a governed 155mph top speed and a thirsty 26.4mpg fuel consumption.

Along with the rest of the RS range, the car has Quattro permanent all-wheel drive which gets a crown-gear differential distributing power between front and rear axles as required. Up to 70% can go to the front wheels and as much as 85% to the rear, with a 40:60 split as the standard split.
Owners can also opt for the Dynamic Ride Control system, which further stabilises the outside wheel during fast cornering and also offers selectable comfort, auto, dynamic and individual driving modes.

Standard equipment includes DVD-based satellite navigation, Bluetooth mobile phone preparation, cruise control and Audi Music Interface iPod connection.

Options include a package, named Technology Package Advanced (£1420), which has upgraded DVD navigation to the hard disk-based HDD navigation system with 'jukebox', adaptive cruise control, a parking system with reversing camera and the active lane assist lane departure warning system.

There is also the possibility of hooking up to Google Earth mapping and Google Street View as well as drivers or passengers connecting to the internet through their own device.

And not forgetting, the important boot size of an estate – there's 1430 litres of cargo space including a rail system with load securing set.