Audi’s A4 has arrived in Australia in spectacular fashion, unveiled at a private function to a tune by rock icon Bryan Adams.
Encompassing both petrol or diesel, front or quattro all-wheel drive and turbo or six cylinder variants – there is an Audi A4 to suit every buyer.
By October 2008, the Audi A4 range will be available with three TDI units and two petrol engines, with power ranging from 105kW to 195kW.
Fuel consumption has been reduced by an average of 13 percent and six percent on the petrol and TDI units respectively.
Leading the A4 stable is the 3.2 FSI V6 quattro model developing 195kW and maximum torque of 330Nm all the way from 3000 to 5000 rpm, hitting 100km/h in 6.2 seconds.
Compared with the previous 188kW unit, the revised 3.2 FSI engine returns impressive fuel economy, representing a 1.2L/100km improvement over the outgoing A4.
The smaller of the two petrol engines is the turbocharged 1.8 TFSI, which develops 115kW and 250Nm between 1500 and 4500rpm.
Mated to the standard six-speed manual gearbox, the 1.8 TFSI model accelerates from a standing start to 100 km/h in 8.6 seconds – with a combined fuel consumption figure of just 7.1 litres of fuel per 100 kilometres.
Available in Australia from October 2008, the deceptively-diesel 3.0 TDI V6 engine is the performance peak for the A4 range, yet average fuel consumption is at a very polite 6.9L/100km.
With 176kW and impressive maximum torque of 500Nm at the driver’s disposal from 1500 to 3000 rpm, the 3.0 TDI quattro V6 model accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in only 6.1 seconds – 0.1 seconds faster than the 3.2 FSI.
A more economical option with still plenty of torque is the 2.7 TDI V6 engine, with an output of 140kW and 400Nm – its fuel consumption is just 6.6 litres per 100 kilometres while still managing a brisk 7.7 second run to 100km/h.
However Audi can still do one better, with the ultra-efficient 2.0 TDI engine producing 105kW and maximum torque of 320Nm unlocked from 1750rpm, with range topping fuel economy standing at just 5.8L/100km.
Buyers will have the choice of three transmission variants with either front or Audi’s famous quattro all-wheel drive.
The six-speed manual gearbox is standard across the entry level models including the A4 1.8 TFSI.
The new A4 3.2 FSI which is available with the quattro driveline as standard equipment features the six-speed tiptronic automatic transmission with an additional manual-shift mode.
Finally, Audi also offers the multitronic continuously variable transmission for the A4 1.8 TFSI, A4 2.0 TDI and A4 2.7 TDI; combining the advantages of a manual gearbox with those of a conventional automatic transmission for dynamic-acceleration and efficiency.
With a low drag coefficient of 0.27 which matches the Nissan GT-R, the new A4 tips the scales at just 1410kg in its lightest form.
Several innovative technologies are present on the new A4, Audi drive select allows drivers to adjust the operating characteristics of the engine, automatic transmission, steering and adaptive damping whilst Audi dynamic steering varies the effective steering ratio according to road speed – and acting with the ESP, can stabilise the car by slight but very rapid adjustments to the steering.
The A4 also comprises a host of luxury features including Audi Side Assist, Lane Assist, adaptive Cruise Control and a Bang & Olufsen stereo system combined with a TV receiver, two navigation systems, an iPod interface, Bluetooth telephone and acoustic parking system.
An S Line package arriving in Australia from July adds the choice of an exterior package, which concentrates on small but visually effective highlights, and a sport package.
A4 launch calendar – Australia
Available from May 2008
A4 1.8 TFSI manual rrp $50,900
A4 1.8 TFSI multitronic rrp $53,500
A4 2.0 TDI multitronic rrp $54,900
A4 3.2 FSI quattro tiptronic rrp $88,500
Late May/June 2008
A4 2.7 TDI multitronic rrp $67,900
A4 Avant 1.8 TFSI multitronic
A4 Avant 2.0 TDI multitronic
A4 3.0 TDI quattro tiptronic