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Audi A4 Quattro: A Sporting Sedan with All-weather Capability

Many cars claim to be the equivalent of a Swiss Army knife, but the A4 really can do it all.

by on Sep.16, 2011

Audi's A4 has sports car performance combined with all-weather capability.

Back in the early ‘80s, Audi’s original Quattro mesmerized those who lived in northern climes because for the first time, they saw a performance car that could also be their daily driver.

Sure, if you live in Florida, go ahead and drive your Ford Mustang GT – remember, we’re talking about the days before traction and stability control – year-round. Us northerners would be jealous, as we drive our front-wheel-drive beaters through the slop and slush, waiting for the first signs of warmth when we could uncover our “summer” cars.

Reviews in All Weather Conditions!

But the Quattro was a powerful – well, at 160 horses, back then we thought it was powerful – yet it didn’t have to be put away when the leaves started falling off the trees. In fact, the Quattro reveled in the snow, turning the white stuff into a new playground for a performance car.

Today, Quattro isn’t an Audi model, but rather is available throughout the lineup and is standard on many models. While many a modern performance car can be made winter-ready with a set of snow tires, a Camaro SS will never be a match for all-wheel drive when the snow flies.

That includes the A4, Audi’s smallest sedan. The A4 was last reworked in 2008, but it’s aging well.

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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.
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