According to new reports, the latest Audi RS4 won’t arrive until late 2017 possibly at that year’s IAA Frankfurt Motor Show.

At the ongoing Frankfurt auto show, Audi introduced the new S4 alongside the latest-generation A4 range. Sources claim however that it will take the German company two years before attaching the ‘R’ badge to its popular S4 model. If the car is indeed revealed in late 2017, it’s unlikely that production will start before 2018.

It’s quite surprising that Audi will delay the launch of the new RS4 for so long considering production of the most recent RS4 ceased earlier in the year. Consequently, BMW and Mercedes-Benz will dominant the performance sedan market with the BMW M3/M4 and Mercedes-AMG C63 range for the next few years.

Whenever the new Audi RS4 does arrive, it is tipped to utilise a brand new twin-turbocharged 3.0-litre V6 engine based around the single-turbo 3.0-litre found in the S4. In RS4 and twin-turbo guise, this engine should deliver around 450 hp, putting it right between the M3/M4 and C63. Coupled to the engine will be an eight-speed ZF automatic transmission driving all four wheels courtesy of a Torsen differential.

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