RTL’s GRIP show is back with an all-new episode in which Matthias Malmedie reviews the new Audi RS4 Avant… by racing it around a race track against a Ducati 1190 Panigale. On paper these two vehicles are a world apart. One is a family estate that just happens to have a big engine, and the other a fast and sexy bike. But you see, Audi recently acquired Ducati, for whatever reason they saw fit. And anyway, racing cars versus bikes have always been fun. This being Matthias, there’s also plenty of sideways action.
The new Audi RS4 Avant is powered by a 4.2 FSI produces 331 kW (450 hp) at 8,250 rpm, with 430 Nm (317.15 lb-ft) of torque available between 4,000 and 6,000 rpm. The normally aspirated, high-revving V8 accelerates the top-of-the-line Avant from zero to 100 km/h (62.14 mph) in 4.7 seconds on its way to a governed top speed of 250 km/h (155.34 mph). This can be increased to 280 km/h (173.98 mph) upon request. However, average fuel consumption is a mere 10.7 liters of fuel per 100 km (21.98 US mpg).