Audis next generation A4 is getting ready for its debut in Frankfurt in September. Under the camouflage on this photo, the A4 saloon is showroom ready.

Preparing for Frankfurt

Audis next generation A4 is getting ready for its debut in Frankfurt in September. Under the camouflage on this photo, the A4 saloon is showroom ready. Based on the same new modular-length platform as the A5, the A4 will be the second new car on that platform. Others that will use the new platform are the Q5 and the future models of the A6 and A8. The layout of the new platform makes it possibly to move the engine rearwards, while gearbox and differential will change positions. Therefore the new A4 will be less front-heavy than the current model. The front overhang will be about 15 cm shorter, and together with the better weight distribution it will improve the car's handling considerably. It's no secret that Audi is aiming to make the A4 as sporty as the BMW 3-series. Engines will be in a range from the new 1.8 litre TFSI starting at 130 bhp up to a 4.2 litre V8 in the S version. Between them we will find several petrol engines, all with direct-injection, and diesel engines with up to 240 horsepower. We also wouldn't be surprised if an RS 4 appeared sometime during the 2009 model year with the direct-injected 4.2 litre V8 with 420 horsepower. Front-wheel drive will be standard, and Quattro will be optional. As in all recently redesigned and new Audis, the new Quattro system will be rear-biased with a nominal 40/60 split. With the A4 saloon hitting the showrooms in November 2007, those of you who want the lifestyle Avant will still have to wait until spring 2008.

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