As a fully digital alternative to the analog circular speedometer (scale up to 320 km/h [198.8 mph]) and rev counter, the RS 4 Avant (combined fuel consumption in l/100 km: 8.8 [26.7 US mpg]); combined CO2 emissions in g/km: 200-199 [321.9–320.3 g/mi]) offers the Audi virtual cockpit. Thanks to a resolution of 1,440 x 540 pixels, its 12.3-inch TFT screen provides detailed and selectable graphics. A special RS screen complements the infotainment and classic displays. This places the tachometer with an integrated digital display for speed in central focus. The driver can configure other displays around this, such as the torque (in Nm [US mpg]), power (in percent), tire pressure and temperature (in bar/°C) and g‑forces.
The tachometer also serves as a shift indicator: if the eight-speed tiptronic transmission is in manual mode, green, orange and red segments illuminate as the speed increases. Shortly before the engine reaches its limit, the entire scale flashes red. The lap timer, another feature of the RS menu, records up to 99 laps and compares the times against each other. The status of important technical components is also shown, such as the temperature of engine oil and transmission fluid, as well as the air pressure.
A further option for the RS 4 Avant is the head-up display. This projects all relevant information onto the windshield in the driver’s direct field of vision as easily comprehensible symbols and digits. This means that drivers can keep their eyes on the road at all times. Here, too, RS-specific content is included such as the shift light and displays for lap times and oil temperature. If the vehicle is in manual mode, a shift light prompts the driver to shift up using the steering wheel paddle or selector lever.
The infotainment system is operated via the round rotary push button on the wide, asymmetrical center console. As an option, its surface incorporates the touch-sensitive touchpad for entering characters and multi-finger gestures. The driver can also select functions using natural language voice control, which recognizes many common phrases. The intelligent free text search delivers search results after only a few characters have been entered and, together with the multifunction steering wheel, it rounds off the operating concept. With the basic package, the Audi MMI display in the center console measures 7 inches, increasing to 8.3 inches with the optional MMI Navigation plus. As an option, Audi offers an automatic comfort climate control system for the RS 4 Avant (combined fuel consumption in l/100 km: 8.8 [26.7 US mpg]; combined CO2 emissions in g/km: 200–199 [321.9–320.3 g/mi]). This regulates the air temperature and distribution separately for the driver, front passenger and rear passengers. The digital temperature displays in the cockpit are integrated into the control dials. Just a few buttons and dials are sufficient for convenient control. When a finger approaches one of the sensory switches, its function is displayed in bigger dimensions on the dark LCD display and can be selected by pushing the button. The rear passengers use a separate control unit in the rear center console to set the temperature.
All terms in blue in the text are explained in detail in the technology lexicon at www.audi-mediacenter.com/en/technology-lexicon.
The specified equipment, data and prices relate to the model range on offer in Germany. Subject to changes and errors. Figures on the fuel consumption and the CO2-emissions (found from page 2 onwards) vary in case of given ranges depending on the used combination of wheels/tires.