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Audi A4 facelift revealed

Audi A4 facelift

The Ingolstadt-based automaker Audi has revealed the facelift for the A4 model which will go head-to-head with the 6th generation of the BMW 3-Series as well as with the Mercedes-Benz C-Class. This is one of the most successful models in the company’s history and it will arrive in the United Kingdom showrooms in approximately three months.

UK customers will be able to order not only the regular sedan version, but also the Avant, Allroad Quattro and the hotter S4 variant. The latter is able to reach 62 mph from start in 5 seconds and hit a limited maximum speed of 155 mph, while the average fuel consumption is of 39.3 mpg UK.

Audi A4 facelift

The facelift for the A4 brings a slightly altered front-end exterior look that features more curvaceous headlamps assemblies along with reworked LED running lamps that now appear as an uninterrupted band. As optional, the car will be available with xenon main beam projectors.

Aside from this modification, the car now has a greater contouring to the hood, a new 6-corner single-frame grille which for the 4-cylinder models is gray while for the beefier 6-cylinder variants is painted black. The bumper has been re-profiled and it now carries trapezoidal shaped fog lamps. At the back, the Audi A4 features LED taillights plus a new bumper that houses a more prominent valance panel that has two chrome tailpipes.

Audi A4 facelift

Inside the cabin, the engineers from Audi wanted to improve the quality of the interior as well as the ease of use. They have a new design for the steering wheel, detailed design modifications to the switchgear, a higher quality center console and dashboard, along with an updated MMI “navigation plus” system that has only four buttons, instead of the eight buttons that you will find in the outgoing model.

Audi A4 facelift

As far as the engines are concerned, the car will be available with an all-new 4-cylidner 1.8-liter TFSI unit that also powers the A5 Sportback. This engine develops 170 hp, which is 10 hp more than the one it replaces and it should return 50.4 mpg UK while the CO2 emissions should be of 134 g/km, which is 19% better than before.

Audi A4 facelift

The entry-level gasoline engine will be the same 4-cylinder 1.8-liter with 118 hp, followed by a 4-cylinder 2.0-liter TFSI that churns 211 hp as well as the top-spec V6 3.0-liter supercharged engine that fires 328 hp in the all-wheel-drive S4.

On the diesel side, you will find the 4-cylinder 2.0-liter TDI engine that is available in no less than 5 different versions: 118 hp, 134 hp, 141 hp, 161 hp and 175 hp. The most frugal of them all is the 134 hp unit that can return 67.3 mpg UK while the CO2 emissions stand at 112 g/km. The Audi A4 can also be ordered with 6-cylinder 3.0-liter TDI engine that can develop 204 hp and 245 hp.

Audi A4 facelift

All of the FWD models are mated as standard to a 6-speed manual gearbox, but Audi also offers the optional Multitronic transmission, along with a double clutch, 7-speed S-tronic unit which won’t be available for all of the models in the A4 familiy.

From the 2.0-liter 175 hp 4-cylinder TDI power unit upwards, the Audi A4 can be ordered with an all-wheel-drive configuration. The ones fitted with a V6 engine also feature a sports differential which features torque vectoring for increased traction.

Another feature that will be available for all versions of the A4 is the electro-mechanical steering system, as well as the stop/start system, brake energy recuperation plus ancillary components that suck the energy only when required. Compared to the model it replaces, the new Audi A4 is 11% more economical.

Source: Audi via Autocar

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2014 Audi A4 Plug-in Hybrid Will Get e-Quattro

2011 Audi A4 Avant

More and more details have surfaced the Internet this week regarding the 2014 Audi A4 (B9). According to the German journalists from AutoBild, the vehicle will ride on the MLB Evo platform which will lower the car’s weight by 265-331 lbs (120-150 kg). Although it will weigh less, the new A4 will grow in size to be a more worthy adversary for the enlarged 3-Series from BMW.

We don’t have any certainties about the engines, but we should expect a range of TDIs which will produce from 150 to 300 PS whereas the gasoline units will develop between 150 to 350 PS. All of the models in the lineup will most likely benefit from the stop/start system, thermal energy recovery system and brake energy recuperation.

According to various reports, we will also see a plug-in hybrid variant which will feature an electric motor mounted on the rear axle that will allow the car to travel between 19 and 37 miles (30 to 60 km) on electric mode. Moreover, this configuration will come with an all-wheel drive system named e-Quattro that won’t have any mechanical connections between the two axles.

In addition, rumors say that Audi will also launch a CNG variant as part of the company’s e-gas project.

Source: Autobild via WCF

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Audi Rolls Out Five-Millionth A4

Yesterday was an important moment in Audi’s history as they managed to produce the five-millionth A4 model. The popularity of the car is understandable: it looks great, it’s very spacious for its class, and it is available in a whole bunch of configurations: sedan, wagon, S and my personal favorite, the Allroad version, which unfortunately isn’t available in the United States.

The five-millionth car was a 2.0 TFSI Quattro in Misano Red and with this occasion, Frank Dreves, who is a Member of the Board of Management at Audi stated that this achievement is “another major milestone in Audi’s history.”

I’m sure that if they bring the Allroad version to the US, the popularity of the A4 will be even bigger.

Source: Audi via Autoblog

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Audi offering Titanium Package for most 2011 models

Audi is set to offer a few more customization options for its 2011 model year cars, as Fourtitude reports that a new Titanium Package accessories kit will be showing up on options list for several key cars.

As such, the new A4, both in sedan and Avant body style, the S4, the A5 (pictured above) and the S5 will be suitable for the new Titanium package.

Why should you opt for the new kit? First off, it replaces all those shiny chrome inserts with more appropriate gloss black ones, including the grille. Add in the 19-inch RS wheels, the piano black interior trim, not to mention the sports suspension and sports seats, and you’ve got yourself one very attractive package.

The kit can’t be combined with the existing S-Line exterior package, but it will certainly attract a lot of long-time Audi fans. Pricing hasn’t been revealed, as 2011MY cars have yet to arrive in the USA. Expect more details in the following months.


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Audi adds eight-speed automatic gearbox to A4, A5 and Q5 this fall

Audi first announced its new eight-speed automatic transmission for the 2011 A8 flagship limousine. After that, the 2011 Q7 refresh has also been confirmed to get the new automatic ‘box.

Now, the company announced that the transmission will also be making its way onto specific A4, A5 and Q5 models as soon as this fall. The 2011 A4 2.0-liter TFSI quattro edition, both in sedan and Avant form, will receive the new gearbox, as well as the 2011 A5 2.0-liter TFSI quattro coupe and cabriolet. The Q5, equipped with the … you guessed it, 2.0-liter TFSI engine will receive the new transmission as well.

At the beginning of fall, two versions of the 3.0-liter supercharged V6 engine will appear in the Q7 range, replacing the older 3.6-liter V6 and 4.2-liter V8. The new units will also be paired with this gearbox.

Don’t go thinking this will just add to the curb weight of the models or make things worse, as Audi guarantees a better performance, a lower fuel average and, thanks to the compact packaging of those eight gears, no extra weight.


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Audi S4

Nowadays, we can all see cars wherever we go. There are cars of different sizes with different body styles and in various colors available on the market and which can be seen on the street sometimes as well. We can all analyze various models of cars included in diverse classes and choose from them the one that we might consider perfect for us to drive.

Audi cars have also been appreciated by many of those who have had the chance to drive certain models of such cars or to analyze their features. There are various such models of cars, from which many users might also be interested in finding out more about Audi S4 cars which are also said to present interesting specifications for us to become familiar with in the idea of becoming able to decide upon their quality and upon the appropriateness of their use in our case.

Audi S4 is considered a very well performing executive car. The original model of such cars was produced between 1991 and 1994. Later one, further generations of Audi S4 have been made public and they all presented interesting features to be considered. As layout this models of cars is known to present a longitudinal form type of engine and a quattro four wheel type of drive.

All the generations of Audi S4 models of cars have been considered to present improvements made to previous models. Such improvements refer to the internal combustion type of engine presented which became more and more powerful in time, to their upgraded type of brakes which became larger and larger in time, to their suspension which became firmer and firmer and also to many others such upgrades which have determined each of these models to be even more appreciated than the previous ones from certain points of view.

The type of engine presented by all of these models of Audi S4 has been known to be front-mounted. The first model of Audi S4 cars was presented in 1991 and became familiar as Audi C4 (Type A4). It was produced until 1994. It is also often referred to as Audi Ur-S4. It presents 2 types of body styles: a 4-door saloon type and a 5 door Avant type. The platform upon which its manufacture is considered to have been made is represented by Volkswagen Group C4.

In what concerns the types of engines found in such models can be mentioned the fact that it is either a 2.2 L I5 20v DOHC Turbo engine or a 4.2 L V8 32V 2x DOHC type of engine. The types of transmissions presented by this model of Audi S4 cars are the following ones: a 5-speed manual type of transmission, a 6-speed manual one and a 4-speed automatic type of transmission. Its wheelbase is said to be of 106 in. In what concerns its dimensions, they have been evaluated as it follows: 188.6-196.1 in length, 71.0 in width ad 56.8 height. The salon model is said to presented a curb weight off 3,814 lb whereas the Avant model is said to present one of 3,924 lb. Its fuel capacity is believed to be of 80 L.

The second generation of Audi S4 model of cars is considered Audi B5 also known as TYP 8D. The third one is represented by Audi S4 B6, followed by Audi B7 and B8. All of these models of Audi S4 cars are very interesting to be analyzed as they all present very interesting features and specifications which many car fans might appreciate.

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Audi A4

Cars are very important in the world in which we live. We all drive cars and we are all interested in having the best car to drive. We have become much more interested in the last few years in driving good quality cars rather than just cars that might present great designs which attract our attention but which might not actually be the best ones in their class. We have become more aware of the necessity to analyze various models of cars carefully as their price might not always balance their quality and in this way we might not be pleased with some of our choices in the end.

There are numerous models of cars available nowadays. We all have where from to choose the perfect one for us to drive but we also have to search and analyze necessary aspects related to such cars before taking a decision as we are talking about big sums of money meant to be spent for such cars and we must be certain that we are making the right decision from all points of view. All models of cars present advantages and disadvantages but they are not always regarded in the same way by all of us. A good analysis will enable us to put such advantages and disadvantages into balance and in the end to realize whether it might be appropriate to choose a certain models of cars or not.

One possible model of cars that many persons might be interested in is the Audi A4. There have been many persons interested in Audi models of cars in the last few years and Audi A4 is also included among the category of searched models of cars due to its interesting features and specifications which have determined many persons to consider it a proper choice of use in their case.

Audi A4 is considered a compact type of executive car and it has been produced since 1994. There have been made available to us four generations of Audi A4 and they are as it follows: Audi B5, B6, B7 and B8, which is also the current model of Audi A4.

They have been found in various body styles, such as the saloon variant, the estate variant and also the Cabriolet variant in which Audi B6 and B7 could be found. In what concerns the current model of Audi A4 it can be said that it cannot be found available in this Cabriolet variant but its saloon and Avant body styles are also very interesting to be considered together with its features by those who might be interested in driving this type of car.

Audi A4 B8, the most recent model of this type of cars has been produced since 2008. The first pictures of this model were shown to the public in 2007 but its production started in 2008. The platform after which it is said to have been manufactured is Volkswagen Group B8. In what concerns the engines there can be mentioned several examples. There is first of all important to be mentioned from this point of view the fact that it presents both petrol and diesel type of engines, from which two examples are a petrol engine of 3.2L V6 FSI and a diesel one, 3.0L V6 TDI.

Certainly, there could be analyzed many other features about Audi A4 B8 as well according to what each of those making the analysis might be interested in. In general, it can be said that Audi A4 is at least an interesting model of cars.

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AVUS Performance unveils Black Arrow tuning package for Audi A4 Avant

Who said family estate cars can’t enjoy tuning options? Certainly not the team from AVUS Performance, which has just revealed the Black Arrow tuning program for the Avant version of the Audi A4.

Basing itself on the 2.7-liter TDI engine, which has received a stage 1 enhanced ECU and a few other electronic tweaks, the Black Arrow outputs 230 HP and 358 lb-ft of torque, as opposed tot eh stock 190 HP and 295 torque. Don’t worry if you have another type of engine in your A4 Avant, as AVUS ensures plenty of tuning options for any supercharged engine in the lineup.

In terms of style, as the name suggests, the model received a wrap in matte black, although other colors are available, as well as a set of 21-inch wheels, attached to a new coilover suspension. Other features which you can order include 19 and 20-inch wheels, as well as LED taillights.


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Photo Update: Audi S4 Sedan and Avant

Audi has just released a new set of photos of the new Audi S4, both Sedan and Avant versions. We’ve seen the car live in Paris and it looks pretty good, probably drives good as well, with its 333 hp 3.0 liter V6 engine, 0-100 km/h (62 mph) in 5.1 seconds. But enough talking, here are the pics. Enjoy!

Photo Gallery: New Audi S4 Photo Update


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2008 Paris Special: Audi S4 Sedan and Avant

In Paris, beside the A1 Sportback concept, the Audi stand featured two other world premieres, the new Audi S4, both Sedan and Avant versions. To be honest, ever since we drove the new Audi A4 for the first time, back in March, we’ve been waiting to see the specs and especially the looks of the new S4. We’ve already told you about the car, in a previous post, but, just as a reminder, the car is powered by a new 3.0 liter V6 petrol engine that delivers 333 hp (245 kW) that takes the new S4 from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 5.1/5.2 seconds (sedan/avant) and up to an electronically limited top speed of 250 km/h (155 mph), while taking only 9.7 liters of fuel per 100 km (24 US mpg). The new S4 also features quattro permanent all-wheel drive and a seven-speed S tronic gearbox..

For more info, check out our previous post on the new Audi S4 and the official press release. Also, check out more photos taken by us at the Paris show. Enjoy!

Photo Gallery: The new Audi S4 at the Paris Motor Show

New Audi S4 Paris Motor Show

Photo Gallery: The new Audi S4 Avant at the Paris Motor Show


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Seat Exeo to be unveilled in Paris, teaser site launched

Well the Paris Motor Show surely is big stuff for the major European manufacturers. After quite a lot of them already announced to unveill new models or major facelifts for actual ones, you would think that no news could appear just a few days before the beginning of the show. Well guess again, this time Seat thought it was better late than never to begin the hype around its up coming mid-size sedan, the Exeo. The Dutch dealership has created this clever little teaser site which counts down until the beginning of the show in Paris. Besides this timer, several photos are depicted featuring some aspects of the new model. All of them point to the Exeo, Seat’s new mid size sedan, which is Audi’s old generation A4.

As expected, the Exeo will be based on the old A4, after Volkswagen, the parent company of the two manufacturers decided that another rival for the Ford Focus or Opel Insignia wouldn’t hurt the sales. Plus it would give a boost in profits for the Spanish manufacturer which is getting back on its feet after some quite troublesome years. Even though it will essentially be the old car, I have to admit that the latin design will be quite interesting. After all, they managed to transform a pretty dull Golf V into the gorgeous looking Leon.


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The new Audi S4 Sedan and Avant unveiled

Audi has announced that the Paris Motor Show will mark the debut of the new Audi S4, both Sedan and Avant versions. To be honest, ever since we drove the new Audi A4 back in March, we’ve been waiting for the S4 version. We loved the A4 and I’m sure we’re gonna love the S4 too.

Powered by 3.0 liter V6 engine with direct fuel injection and mechanical turbocharging mated to a seven-speed S tronic gearbox, the new Audi S4 delivers a 333 hp (245 kW) and sprints from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 5.1 seconds, the Sedan model achieving a fuel consumption of 9.7 liters of fuel per 100 km (24.25 US mpg), while the Avant takes 9.9 liters per 100 km (23.76 US mpg). The quattro permanent all-wheel drive system and the sport suspension complete the package that makes the S4 experience a very sporty one.

The deliveries for the new Audi S4 will begin next March.

You can read more about the car in the press release, and you can see more photos after the jump. (more…)

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Spy Shots: Audi A4 Allroad almost ready for debut

It seems like Audi has managed to keep the secret around the development of this car, the Audi A4 Allroad, because here are the first spy shots and the car looks almost ready to go. The car is completely undisguised and, besides the increased ride height, we can see the ‘Allroad’ elements, like the specific wheels arch extensions. We don’t have any official information, but, judging by the way it looks, we’ll probably get to see the car at next month’s Paris Motor Show. Probably we’ll also get to see a wagon model, but guess, we’ll have to wait for October to get more details from Ingolstadt.


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Mileage Marathon to promote Audi diesel models

Audi Mileage Marathon

In their effort to promote their diesel models range, Audi has announced the Mileage Marathon, an event where 27 cars powered by TDI engines will drive across the United States, on the New York- Chicago – Denver – Monterey – Los Angeles route. The marathon will start on October 6th and the cars are Q7, Q5 and A4 models equipped with the 3.0 TDI engine and the A3 with the 2.0 liter TDI engine. This event probably means that Audi is considering more and more diesel powered models for the US market, because until now, the only model announced is the Q7, which will go on sale in the first part of 2009. Fellow bloggers from Autoblog and Autobloggreen will be among the 184 drivers attending the event, so we hope they have a lot of fun!


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Audi develops free A4 racing game for iPhone

Audi has created Audi A4 Driving Challenge for the iPhone. Five tracks are included, each one more difficult than the previous. The lap time and track time are displayed. The game, which renders graphics from an overhead perspective, uses the iPhone’s accelerometer for steering, with on-screen buttons to operate the gas and brake pedals. “The iPhone is an ideal platform to help introduce the entirely new Audi A4 to the public,” said Scott Keogh, chief marketing officer, Audi of America. “Audi customers are smart, sophisticated and technologically savvy. As a brand, we are committed to progress and innovation at every turn. We’re very excited to be the first automotive manufacturer to connect with our audience through the iPhone.” The 2009 Audi A4 will be available starting with September 2008.


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