Despite being falsely accused by members of the B&B of hating wagons, I will formally declare that I adore them – I’m just a realist about their sales prospects in the United States. The 2013 Audi RS4 Avant forces me to confront the dissonance over lusting after such a car, while knowing that it would be a non-starter in North America for all but the most eccentric rich dudes, ala the Mercedes E63 Wagon.
The crew at AutoGuide obtained these spy shots, and apparently this car will share the RS5′s 4.2L V8 and 7-speed dual clutch gearbox. Personally, I’m pulling for this, as a naturally aspirated V8 is a welcome change from the boosted engines being offered in so many of Audi’s (and other manufacturers) vehicles these days. The RS4 will get an official reveal at March’s Geneva Auto Show. Look for a brown version to show up in a press fleet near you sometime soon.