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.

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Don’t know how to upgrade your Audi? RDX Racedesign created a new racing look tuning kit for the Audi A4 which contains new front spoiler, integrated air intake covers, bonnet extension, a new rear apron attachement available both for the saloon and Avant versions and sporty grilles for air vents. The whole kit is available for the price of 797 euros! More details after the jump!

Audi announced that the all-new 2009 A4 will go on sale on the US market this fall. Prices will range from $28.000 for the base version up to $38.000 for the top version.

The new Audi A4 will be launched with two powerful and smooth-running gasoline engines, which cover a range of 211 hp to 265 hp. All the powerplants have direct fuel injection, and the four-cylinder gasoline engine utilizes turbocharger technology which provides high torque.

2009 Audi A4 in USA this fall

The 2.0 TFSI is a new development, operating with the innovative Audi valvelift system (AVS), which varies the lift of the exhaust valves. In a slightly different form, this technology also benefits the 3.2 FSI by providing a further performance increase combined with greater fuel efficiency. All in all, fuel consumption by the gasoline engines has dropped by more than 10 percent, a convincing testimony for
Audi’s efficiency strategy.

Both gasoline FSI engines are available with the quattro permanent all-wheel drive, which is optional on 2.0 TFSI or standard on 3.2 FSI. Under normal driving conditions, this distributes the forces at a ratio of 40:60 between the front and rear axle. This emphasis on the rear end perfectly harmonizes with the overall dynamic character of the new A4. If needed, the self-locking center differential transfers the majority of the torque to the axle with the better traction. As in the past with all North American models, all A4 Avant models always have quattro as standard equipment.

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Recently launched, the 2009 Audi A4 Avant received a little attention from H&R, the well-known sport springs manufacturer. With the new H&R components, the car height is lowered with 35 mm in order to offer better handling while keeping the comfort level the same. For those who want better handling for their Audi, H7R can also improve the chassis of the car. Of course, all the H&R components are approved by the German TUV.

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Tuning World Bondsee 2008 Show brought something new to all the tuning fans: the Audi A4 3.0 TDI by Rieger Tuning. The vehicle features a stylish front-lip spoiler, new side skirts, a rear bumper featuring an air diffuser with integrated sport exhaust system, 20 inch alloy wheels.

Audi A4 3.0 TDI by Rieger Tuning

The 3.0 liter diesel engine capable of developing 240 hp also received some ECU tweaking developing now 297 hp and an astonishing 610 Nm of torque.

More photos after the jump!

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This Audi A4 you see today has also a little Lamborghini in it! But unfortunately this is limited to the alloy wheels and brakes of a Gallardo. The rest of the car is customized with an ABT body kit, with widened wings in order to have an imposing presence but also with 20” alloy wheels.

Audi A4 with a little Lamborghini touch

The car is powered by a 3.0-liter V6 engine which, with the help of the ECU tuning and new exhaust system, is capable to deliver 285hp. At the interior the vehicle features a new multi-media system including a DVD reader, Playstation and radar detector, in a word all the things required for a maniac tuner in order to brake some rules on the streets.

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Abt Sportsline unveiled this year at the Geneva Auto Show, their new line for the newly redesigned Audi A4. The kit contains a new front skirt, new side and rear skirts and a stylish rear roof spoiler. Abt didn’t stop on exterior and the Audi engine also receive a power upgrade.

Audi A4 Avant by Abt Sportsline

The 1.8 liter TSI engine can be upgraded from 160hp to 200 hp or 240 hp while the diesel engine is capable of delivering 282hp instead of 240hp. The diesel engine can be also upgraded to maximum 310hp and 610 Nm of torque. In order to improve the performances and the sound of the engine Abt also added a four-pipe exhaust system. The braking system was also improved by the tuner due to the new specifications of the car. So next time you look at the A4 Wagon, think about all the goodies it might hide inside ;)

It first was no hybrid version for the Q7 for the US market, and now new A4 hybrid will get the same fate. And all because of the plummeting value of the dollar.

Audi USA communications director Jeff Kuhlman explained that the cost of homologating the hybrid system on both vehicles would likely not be offset by anticipated sales of the hybrids. As a result of low volumes and the unfavorable exchange rate, the prices would be too high to make business sense.

Instead Audi is planning to offer the A4 with the same 3.0l diesel V6 that is to be used in the Q7 and VW Touareg. That engine is already being certified and has economies of scale so that it makes business sense. At the same time it will provide a significant boost in fuel efficiency compared to the gas V6 that is also available.

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Audi will unveil at the Geneva Motor Show the Avant version of the all-new A4. Sales will begin in Spring, at a price starting €27,550 for the Audi A4 Avant 1.8 TFSI Attraction.

The A4 Avant will be offered with five engine types to begin with: two gasoline engines and three diesel engines with an output between 143 hp and 265 hp. A new TDI engine that will develop 170 hp will be added later.

Audi A4 Avant

The new 3.2 FSI is the most powerful engine that comes with the new A4 Avant. It has an output of 265 hp and reaches 330 Nm (243.40 lb-ft) of torque between 3,000 and 5,000 rpm. It powers the A4 Avant from zero to 100 km/h (62.14 mph) in just 6.4 seconds and on up to a top speed of 250 km/h (155.34 mph). At the same time, fuel consumption has dropped by 1.5 liters.

The 1.8 TFSI, too, is a highly efficient engine. The compact and light four-cylinder unit has an output of 160 hp and reaches 250 Nm (184.39 lb-ft) of torque between 1,500 and 4,500 rpm. It powers the car from zero to 100 km/h (62.14 mph) in 8.9 seconds and on up to a top speed of 218 km/h (135.46 mph).

Audi A4 Avant

The 3.0 TDI engine has an output of 240 hp and reaches a torque of 500 Nm (368.78 lb-ft) between 1,500 and 3,000 rpm. Its performance figures – from zero to 100 km/h (62.14 mph) in 6.3 seconds, a top speed of 250 km/h (155.34 mph) – demonstrate this engine’s dynamic character.

The 2.0 TDI is offered in two versions: one developing 143 hp and 236.02 lb-ft of torque and the other generating 170 hp and 258.15 lb-ft of torque. Both ensure powerful propulsion – the basic TDI accelerates the A4 Avant to 100 km/h (62.14 mph) in 9.7 seconds and facilitates a top speed of 208 km/h (129.25 mph). The more powerful of the two accelerates the Avant to 100 km/h (62.14 mph) in 8.6 seconds and on up to a top speed of 222 km/h (139.19 mph).

Press release after the jump.

Audi revealed at the Chicago Auto Show the A4 Special Edition, a model that adds to the popular S line exterior bumpers and grille introduced as standard features on the A4 for the 2008 model year.

The new edition is designed for A4 sedan and Avant and includes includes a new standard 17-inch wheel that features a 9 Y-spoke design pattern. Standard interior features for quattro-equipped models include leather-trimmed heated front seats and metallic paint.

Audi A4 Special Edition

Customers can choose the full S line and Titanium packages as optional sport upgrades, as well as a full range of individual options. Some of these sophistications include DVD-based Audi Navigation system, Bluetooth hands-free preparation, iPod adaptor, and wood beltline trim.

Press release after the jump.

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