Self-assured in appearance: the striking single-frame grille and the newly styled clear-glass headlights with their sweeping bottom edge and inward taper give the new Audi A4 a completely new face. The trapezoidal shape of the single-frame grille is continued in the more prominent contours of the engine hood.
The front-end styling deliberately echoes design elements of the Nuvolari quattro coupé study, signaling that this model also belongs to the same family as the other new Audi models - the A8 6.0 quattro, A6 and A3 Sportback: a new Audi generation.
The formal idiom of the Nuvolari quattro can also be found at the rear end where the low-positioned two-piece light units, which also arch a long way inwards, emphasize the horizontal design of the vehicle body.
The side panel sections are also a completely new design. The gently curving arc of the shoulder line - depicted here as a clearly drawn shadow line - divides up the panels, sculpting a three-dimensional structure.
The new-generation steering wheels provide an entirely new visual touch in the interior. Their characteristic element is the airbag cover with its single-frame design. Door sill trims with aluminum inserts and numerous aluminum inlays are a standard feature of all new A4 versions.
The excellent ergonomics of the previous generation is also to be found in the new Audi A4. The cockpit and interior surround the driver with horizontal, generously sweeping lines that flow from the dashboard into the door area. At the same time, the new Audi A4 offers a high level of interior comfort.
A new six-cylinder engine is being made available for the A4 for the very first time. The 3.2 V6 FSI, which only made its production debut in the new Audi A6 a few months ago, has all the features of an ultramodern petrol engine: FSI petrol direct injection with demand-controlled fuel supply, four valves per cylinder, a variable intake manifold and continuous camshaft adjustment on both the intake and the exhaust side.
This V6 engine delivers its maximum output of 188 kW (255 bhp) at 6,500 rpm. Its peak torque of 330 Nm is already available at 3,250 rpm. The A4 3.2 FSI with multitronic transmission and front-wheel drive accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 6.8 seconds and on up to a governed top speed of 250 km/h. This also applies to the version with quattro permanent four-wheel drive and 6-speed manual gearbox.
More than 90 percent of the engine's peak torque is available in the wide range between 1900 and 5900 rpm - a unique characteristic for a naturally aspirated V6. As far as the driver is concerned, this means a dynamic and forceful response to every movement of the accelerator pedal plus a broad usable speed range up to 7200 rpm, hefty torque and excellent fuel efficiency: an average consumption of 9.3 litres of Super grade fuel per 100 km for the multitronic version is the best evidence of this engine's efficiency and the special abilities of FSI technology.
FSI engines develop more power and dynamism than conventional units with indirect fuel injection - and they do so with a very high standard of fuel economy. With the increase in efficiency achieved here, Audi has opened up a new dimension in the efficiency of standard spark-ignition engines and once again demonstrated the proverbial progress through technology familiar to the brand.
The Audi A4 offers standard equipment specification which sets a benchmark in the midsize class. Every new A4, for example, is fitted with deluxe automatic air conditioning which has separate temperature controls for the driver and front passenger.
All five seats are equipped with three-point inertia-reel belts (the front belts have belt-force limiters and belt tensioners plus a seat belt reminder) and head restraints. Active head restraints are integrated into the front seats. These reduce the risk of whiplash injuries in a rear-end collision by a significant degree. The safety equipment also includes front airbags that are activated in two stages, front side airbags and the large-area head airbag system known as sideguard.
There are almost unlimited possibilities for combining items of optional equipment. For example, the new Audi A4 can be ordered for the first time with adaptive light technology including xenon plus headlights. This also includes the daytime running lights function which only increases energy consumption slightly: a clear safety bonus. An optional light/rain sensor activates the dipped headlights and windscreen wipers automatically if necessary.
Source: Audi press