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Audi RS4 Avant Nogaro pays homage to RS2

Special edition RS4 Avant Nogaro celebrates 20 years since the first RS.

In 1994 Audi thought it would be a clever idea to blur the lines between a practical estate and a high-performance sports car. The result was the Avant RS2. Now Audi is paying homage to the RS2 with the special edition RS4 Avant Nogaro, which will debut at the Geneva Motor Show in March.

At first glance Audi enthusiasts will notice the RS4 Avant Nogaro is painted in the same ‘Nogaro’ blue as the original RS2. High-gloss black has been applied to the grille, window surrounds and the twin oval tailpipe trims, while matt black has been used on the roof rails.

A combination of black and Nogaro blue leather upholstery with blue stitching, a badge on the RS S tronic selector lever and logos on the door sill trims continue the special edition theme.

Take away the minor aesthetical changes and its business as usual. Under the hood is the same 4.2-litre V8 found in the standard RS4. 444bhp (450PS) and 317lb/ft (430Nm) of torque allow a 0 to 62mph time of 4.7 seconds and a top speed of 174mph. Efficiency is a little less impressive at 26.4mpg and 249g/km of CO2 emissions.

The RS2, which cost £39,500 at the time, was powered by a 2.2-litre five-cylinder turbo that produced (311bhp) 315PS and 302lb/ft of torque. Two decades on its 0 to 62mph time of 5.4 seconds and 162mph top speed would still put the majority of cars on the road to shame.

Audi’s RS4 Avant Nogaro will be on sale in Europe ‘later in 2014’ priced from €83,700 (about £70,000). A UK version is currently being discussed. Check out our Audi RS4 Avant review here.

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