Just when you thought that the era of performance shooting brakes, or as we call it - fast estates, has ended, Audi launches the RS4 Avant at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show. It’s like the messiah of performance estates, destined to bring back the glory to the most underrated vehicles ever existed.

The RS4 Avant is indeed an estate, and might look like an ordinary one to the uninitiated. However, for car nuts, it’s impossible to ignore the fact that it packs 450 horses under its hood and a whopping 443lb-ft of torque.

Now, just how fast is this performance estate on the Green Hell? Well, Sport Auto Magazine took the RS4 Avant on a hot lap at the Nürburgring, and we’re lucky to get a shotgun shot of the exhilarating lap.

RS4 Avant tested:

Looking at the video, it’s almost impossible to get excited as the driver attacks the corners without hesitation. Although, you could see that there were times when he was struggling on tight ones causing a bit of an understeer, even with the RS4 Avant’s all-wheel-drive system. Nevertheless, he was able to finish the lap without scratches.

It’s important to note that the driver was able to achieve a maximum speed of 167mph, which was close to the maximum of the RS dynamic package which 174mph. He was able to achieve this at the longest straight of the ‘Ring near its exit.

At the end of the lap, the RS4 Avant was able to finish with 7:58.52 time. Not the fastest, we know, but it isn’t bad either for a vehicle that can load up to two month’s worth of groceries. Besides, with all that speed and acceleration, we’re pretty sure that the driver enjoyed the hot lap more than we enjoyed the shotgun ride.

Source: Sport Auto via Youtube

Gallery: Audi RS 4 Avant 2018