Audi A4

Audi A4

  The Audi A4 is an entry level luxury sedan from the German automaker that is currently in its fourth generation. Introduced in 1994 with a four door saloon as well as a five door Avant model with the wagon only 2000 RS4 sitting at the top of the heap with a Biturbo 2.7 Liter V6 that made 375 HP and 325 lb-ft of torque. The A4 was redesigned with a few new bloated body lines in 2001, this allowed the way for a 4.2 Liter V8 making 339 HP and 302 lb-ft of torque to go under the S4's hood while the car would accele3rate from 0 to 60 MPH in under 5 seconds. In 2005 the A4 was redesigned once again with more aggressive curves and the S4 was powered by the same V8 as before except that a new RS4 with FSI technology making 420 HP. The A4's current shape came in 2008 with a refreshing of the entire line. In order to accommodate fuel economy issues, the high output S4 will be powered by a smaller supercharged V6.

Audi revealed today the A4L (long-wheelbase version) on the Chinese market. The Audi A4L’s wheelbase is 2.36 inches longer, which benefits rear-seat passengers in particular.

The A4L will be offered with a choice of two different engines: the 2.0 TFSI with 180 hp and the six-cylinder 3.2 FSI with 195 kW 265 hp.

Audi A4L

The longer wheelbase lends the A4L an especially roomy feel and makes getting into the rear seats even easier. In addition, the longer wheelbase is of particular benefit to rear-seat passengers, who can enjoy legroom unparalleled in this vehicle segment. Thanks to the increase in length and high-quality technology, the A4L injects full-size class into the mid-size category.

Press release after the jump.

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Laughter is sometimes the best remedy, even for a speeding ticket. Although the car in the speed camera shot is from Britain, the road is in Germany. So this was just a right-side driver having fun with the left-handed Germany. The owner of this Audi A4 Avant must know the German system, because although the authorities have the license number, they also need a clear picture of the driver. According to the current "driver" pictures, the offender is about four foot tall, long pink hair and possibly on drugs.

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Congratulations to the Audi A4. Not only are they the self-proclaimed car for normal people, but it also seems to be pretty safe if one of those crazy people runs into it. The 2009 Audi A4 gained U.S. government’s highest crashworthiness and rollover safety rating: 5-Star designation based on its performance in the New Car Assessment Program, or NCAP. U.S. law requires all passenger cars to pass a 30 mph frontal crash test and a 33.5 mph side crash test.

Press release after the jump.

Another model unveiled by Audi at the Paris Auto Show is the A4 TDI concept e that requires just 3.99 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers (58.95 US mpg).

Audi A4 TDI concept e

The heart of the sedan is a direct-injection 2.0-liter TDI diesel engine with output of 120 hp, just as for the A4 production models. From 1,750 to 2,500 rpm, the four-cylinder engine produces a constant torque of 290 Nm (213.89 lb-ft). The piezo injectors in the common-rail system inject the extremely finely atomized fuel at a pressure of up to 1,800 bar, and the special piston geometry provides ideal thermodynamics in the combustion chambers (in regular words: it runs smooth with little friction.)

Audi A4 TDI concept e

The sedan sprints from 0 to 100 km/h (62.14 mph) in 10.7 seconds, and accelerates from 80 to 120 km/h (49.71 to 74.56 mph) in 10.9 seconds. The A4 TDI concept e reaches a top speed of 206 km/h (128 mph).

Audi is no stranger to diesel engines. It’s been available to European customers constantly, and it has been winning at LeMans with its R10 diesel racers. What is significant is that an oil-burning Audi will now begin to be available in the U.S. starting in 2009.

Press release after the jump.

It seems there may be a pattern developing at the German magazine Auto Bild. 42,000 of its readers voted the A4 as the most beautiful car of the year. In 2006 the title was won by TT and in 2007 by R8 . The Audi Q5 won the off-road vehicle and SUV category this year.

Being patriotic is one thing, but to call the A4 more beautiful than cars like the Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione is just blasphemous . Now if this was a competition for reliability...

Audi’s Allroad has always been based on the A6 Avant (wagon). But now spy photographers caught a new model testing at the Nurburgring: the A4 Allroad sedan. It’s been suggested that this is just a testing mule for the next generation of the wagon-based Allroad. After all, Subaru only has limited success selling a go anywhere four-door with its Outback Sedan (no longer sold in the U.S.)

If it does reach production, the A4 Allroad will be placed between the Q3 and Q5 SUVs. Engines will be shared with the rest of the A4 range, and if Audi offers a version fitted with its new 2.0-liter common-rail TDI motor, then the A4 should be more economical and have less emissions than conventional SUV rivals.

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Caractere, the well-known Belgian tuning house, unveiled its latest tuning package for the 2009 Audi A4 Avant . The new kit contains a new front bumper, side sills, a re-designed rear bumper with integrated air diffuser and exhaust system as well as a new roof spoiler.

Audi A4 Avant by Caractere

Caractere offers also a new set of alloy wheels available in 18”, 19” and 20” dimensions and 2 different colors. All the parts come with TUV approval, which means nothing voids the warranty. No word yet about pricing.

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It looks like Audi found the best way to present its new Audi A4 , by creating the first application for the iPhone. The new application called "A4 Challenge” is supported by a Audi A4 Audi A4 iPhone experience website and represents a driving game which can be played with the help of the motion sensors found on the iPhone.

The breakdown: the motion sensors are used in order to steer the virtual 2009 A4, which means moving the phone is the steering, while the acceleration and braking are done using the touch screen. Audi of America’s, Scott Keogh said, “The iPhone is an ideal platform to help introduce the entirely new Audi A4 to the public”.

Audi today announced US pricing for the 2009 A4 sedan and Avant. The company will start deliveries in September 2008, with the following prices: $32,700 for the sedan version and $34,500 for the Avant version.

The Audi A4 sedan can be equipped with either the all-new 2.0 TFSI 4-cylinder engine or the 3.2 FSI V6 engine. The 2.0 TFSI engine can be configured for front-wheel drive or with Audi’s quattro all-wheel-drive system. The 3.2 FSI is offered exclusively in the sedan and with the quattro all-wheel-drive system and a 6-speed Tiptronic transmission. The A4 Avant will be equipped with the 2.0 TFSI engine and the quattro all-wheel-drive system.

New for 2009, the 2.0 TFSI engine features more horsepower (211 hp) and significantly more torque (258 lb.-ft.) than the engine it replaces. Rated at 21 miles per gallon city and 27 mpg highway, the 2.0 TFSI engine delivers better fuel economy, and when compared to the all-wheel-drive versions, better 0-to-60 miles per hour acceleration than the key German and Asian competitors in the segment.

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