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First Look: 2012 Audi A4 and S4

Getting ready to take on the new BMW 3-Series.

by on Oct.27, 2011

Audi makes some modest but notable changes to the A4 and S4 for the upcoming model-year.

It’s never easy to go up against a powerhouse like the BMW 3-Series, and that’s especially true when an all-new version of the Bavarian juggernaut is getting ready to roll into showrooms.  So, it’s understandable why Audi is also getting ready for a mid-cycle update of its own compact luxury line, with updated A4 and S4 models slated for 2012.

Don’t expect anything radical.  Audi isn’t tearing up the blueprints and starting over.  The basic dimensions remain largely the same.  The new model is stretched by a few millimeters – unlike the 3-Series, which grows substantially for 2012.  But Audi aficionados will recognize there are some significant changes, nonetheless.

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The most distinctive, however, will be found under the hood, with a range of new or modified engines for the global line-up expected to deliver both better mileage and improved horsepower and torque.  New Stop/Start technology is one way Audi has been able to pull off that seemingly incongruous improvement.


Sneak Peek: 2010 Audi A4 allroad quattro

Perfect debut for a snowy Geneva Motor Show.

by on Mar.03, 2009

No plans yet for an Audi A4 allroad quattro model in the U.S.

No plans for an A4 allroad quattro model in the U.S.

The snowy Alps will serve as the appropriate backdrop for the return of the allroad Quattro. The strangely punctuated version of the A4 will make its debut at this year’s Geneva Motor Show.

The new model will offer buyers three new, high-tech engines, all with direct injection, turbocharging or even brake regeneration. That includes a 2.0-liter TFSI gasoline engine with variable valve lift that makes 211 hp and 258 lb.-ft. of torque. The 2.0-liter TDI common rail diesel has an output of 170 hp and 258 lb.-ft., while the 3.0-liter TDI V-6 is the most powerful diesel in the line-up, with 240 hp and a maximum torque of 389 lb.-ft.

The 2.0 TDI works together with a six-speed stick shift, while the other two engines are teamed with Audi’s seven-speed S-tronic transmission with double clutch. Add the snow-ready quattro full-time All-Wheel-Drive system on the allroad.