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Press Release) Driving pleasure,
superior technology, exciting styling and a level of luxury that
even satisfies the demands made in the top car class: Audi is
presenting the new generation of its best-selling models – the A4,
A4 Avant and the high-performance S4.
This is a new model generation that is obvious at first glance. The
front-end styling of both saloon and Avant models is new, with the
addition of the characteristic Audi single-frame grille. The rear
end, with its emphatically horizontal lines, and the sides, where
the shoulder line moulds the panels distinctly into shape, are also
The models’ technology lives up to the promise made by their new
exterior styling: A4 customers can choose from no fewer than ten
powerful engines, including four completely new units developing an
output of up to 255 bhp. The V8 in the S4 delivers 344 bhp.
FSI and turbo technology represent the most advanced state of the
art for petrol engines, as do the revolutionary piezo injectors in
the three-litre TDI. The sporty yet comfortable dynamic chassis
converts the power delivered by these units into sheer driving
pleasure – on every bend, on every mile of the journey.
Innovative and high sophisticated technologies are an integral part
of practically all vehicle areas and components: the optional xenon
plus headlights with dynamic adaptive light technology are proof of
this, as are the continuously variable multitronic transmission,
which is still unique, and quattro permanent four-wheel drive.
Comprehensive occupant protection systems – including two-stage
front airbags and active head restraints – together with the highly
complex, latest-generation electronic stabilisation system ESP
provide high reserves of safety.
The quality of materials and workmanship in the interior are of a
standard that need not fear comparison with the luxury class. The
architecture of the driver’s area, especially the cockpit – a
perfect synthesis of ergonomics, function and design – is
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, signalling 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, emphasise the horizontal design of the
vehicle body. The saloon and Avant both sit squarely on the road,
the muscular-looking bottom section and very flat window area
combining to produce sports car proportions.
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
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 aluminium
inserts and numerous aluminium inlays are a standard feature of all
new A4 versions.
Inlays in Walnut, Fine-grained Birch wood grey or Fine-grained Birch
wood beige can be ordered as an alternative – attributes that also
emphasise the special exclusiveness and sporty elegance of the
interior of current A8 and A6 models.
Three new cloth and two exclusive leather grades as well as a
leather/Alcantara version can be ordered for the interior surfaces
and the seats.
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.
There is also more room than average for luggage: with a capacity of
460 litres, the smooth-floored luggage compartment of even the
saloon is well-equipped for tackling challenging transport tasks.
Depending on version, the Avant offers up to 1,184 litres of space
(with the rear seat folded down).
The high standard of comfort and quality, which more than satisfies
the demands made of the luxury car class, is particularly
outstanding once again. This impression is immediately conveyed by
the high-grade materials and excellent finish of the interior.
Engines and transmissions
The new Audi A4:
powerful yet economical petrol and TDI engines provide the basis for
excellent performance. All engines comply with the strict limits of
the EU4 standard.
Audi is now also offering two newly designed petrol engines with FSI
petrol direct injection for the new A4 for the first time: the 188
kW (255 bhp) 3.2 FSI V6 and the turbocharged two-litre four-cylinder
2.0 T FSI, which delivers 147 kW (200 bhp). These combine high
performance with a spontaneous response to every movement of the
accelerator pedal and a peak-torque range at a high level.
The range also includes three engines which have been tried and
tested several thousand times over: the two-litre inline
four-cylinder unit, which develops 96 kW (130 bhp), and the 120 kW
(163 bhp) 1.8 T four-cylinder version. The 75 kW (102 bhp) 1.6
completes the choice of petrol engines.
The TDI range at launch will include the 2.0-litre four-cylinder
engine with pump-injector fuel injection and a power output of 103
kW (140 bhp), and the newly developed six-cylinder 3.0 TDI with
common rail injection and piezo injectors.
What is currently the most modern TDI engine around made its debut a
few months ago in the large A8 and A6 saloons. This immensely
powerful V6 delivers 150 kW (204 bhp) in the A4 and makes 450 Nm of
torque available between 1,400 and 3,200 rpm.
Probably from the beginning of 2005, a coated diesel particulate
filter, or catalysed soot filter as it is known, will be offered for
the 2.0 TDI. This does not require an additive and therefore remains
maintenance-free throughout the vehicle’s entire service life. This
additive-free diesel particulate filter will also be available for
the 3.0 TDI from the beginning of 2005. All 3.0 TDI versions will
already be fitted with a filter provision from launch so that
retrofitting can take place at a later date with only very little
All engines, petrol and TDI versions alike, deliver their power to
the road either via the front wheels or by means of quattro
permanent four-wheel drive.
5-speed or 6-speed manual gearboxes are available for the various A4
models, as is the continuously variable automatic transmission, the
multitronic. This revolutionary Audi transmission technology will be
available for the front-wheel-drive versions of the new A4. The now
6-speed tiptronic with sport program is offered for quattro models.
The set-up of the
dynamic chassis with four-link front suspension and self-tracking
trapezoidal-link rear suspension has been completely modified and
numerous new components added.
Audi’s chassis engineers have made extensive changes in the area of
elastokinematics and to the spring and shock absorber settings:
several mountings and the dimensions of the front and rear shock
absorbers have been adopted from the A6, for example. The rear
trapezoidal links and wheel carriers as well as the front track rods
originate from the S4.
These modifications add up to a significantly higher level of
agility and precise handling, combined with first-class ride comfort
– qualities which benefit both drivers of the A4 saloon and the
Avant in equal measure. This also applies to the brakes, the
dimension and consequently performance of which have been adapted to
suit the potential of the new engines.
The Audi A4 and A4 Avant
offer a 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.
Electric front windows (and electric rear windows as well on 2.0 T
FSI and V6 versions) are also part of the standard specification, as
are electrically adjustable exterior mirrors and central locking
with radio remote control.
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.
In the field of infotainment, the DVD radio and navigation system
key geometry and menu architecture are based on the MMI standard
familiar from the Audi A8 and A6.
The system’s range of functions and quality are without equal.
Anyone wishing to experience the acoustic qualities of the audio
systems offered for the new Audi A4 to the full can order the BOSE
sound system with noise compensation and enjoy a sound quality
specifically matched to the vehicle.
Customers can choose from 15 exterior colours, including five new
ones. In addition to the standard specification, the wheel range
comprises eight summer and three winter wheels of up to 7.5 x 17 J
in size, with tyres up to 235/45 R 17. Additional versions up to 18
inches in size are available from quattro GmbH.
The S line equipment packages and the Audi exclusive customisation
range also offer countless other visual and functional features
designed to make every new Audi A4 and A4 Avant even sportier.