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Though the car hasn't yet been officially shown to the public, intel about the B8-generation RS 4 has been out there for a while. Fourtitude sources tell us the car will share drivetrains with the RS 5 and that, when it does finally arrive, the RS 4 will switch back to an Avant-only offering like the B5 RS 4 and its progenitor the RS 2. Apparently sales of the RS 5 are likely cannibalistic to that of an RS 4 sedan so the 4-door was axed from development in favor of the more sultrily profiled coupe.

One interesting aspect about the RS 4 is its very absence this late in the production cycle. Word is the A5/S5 is due a facelift by the summer of 2011 as a 2012 model. That facelift, we hear, is a significant one and one reason the RS 5 goes into a North American holding pattern for now even though it's been confirmed for US production. Given the RS 4 hasn't been shown it is possible that Audi might hold back on its introduction until the A4 sees a facelift. We have no intel to support this but with time running out on the pre-facelift A4 product cycle the idea doesn't seem unfathomable. In fact, Audi did just this in the past by testing B6-bodied RS 4 drivetrain mules but waiting for the extensive-facelift B7 to actually produce the car.

Via AudiBlog.nl we've found these renders of an RS 4 Avant that were posted by their creator RS4B7 on Twitter. Blending design elements from RS 5 PR shots and a similarly angled A4 Avant, the author does a good job simulating the appearance of a current pre-facelift RS 4.



It's hard not to love the overall look of the car. Elements like that frowning maul of a front fascia and the titanium grey finished RS grille look downright hot on the Avant. Interestingly, the artist chose to go with B7-like flared arches rather than the box flares that have become more of a design element on the RS 6 and RS 5. We're guessing Audi will go with the box flares when it eventually produces the car.

Check out RS4B7's Twitter feed via the link below.

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Any details on those wheels? Are they currently available in Audi products (out of RS5)? They are awesome.
 

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Any details on those wheels? Are they currently available in Audi products (out of RS5)? They are awesome.
Yes, an Avant owner in HK have some like it only silver. They are quite spendy OEM, as they are hollow spoke and crazy light.

If you want Reps, Hartmann makes silvers just like these n 19's
 
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