The A4 series has been updated with new solutions in efficiency, driving dynamics and infotainment.
Now in its eighth generation the A4 remains Audi's bestseller, shifting 10 million models in its 39-year history, and forming the centerpiece of the brand. The latest designs for the A4 Sedan, Avant, Allroad Quattro, and the S4 hope to maintain its position at the cutting-edge of the luxury car arena whilst keeping the new BMW 3 Series at bay. Nearly every surface of the body has been subtly revised, from the engine hood and grille to the redesigned bumpers with angular air inlets and flat front fog lights.
The headlights & taillights have also improved and now feature stylish LED elements. New steering wheels, improved MMI navigation system and revised upholstery with refined finishes are highlights of the interior enhancements. Six TDI and four gas engines all with supercharged direct-injection, start-stop, and recuperation systems as standard are being offered to European buyers, but the US market is expected to get the 211hp 2.0-liter turbocharged four and a 3.0-liter supercharged six; the latter pushing 333hp in a high-performance S4 trim accelerating it from 0-62mph in 5.0 seconds and achieving a limited top speed of 155mph.
Quattro awd is available across the line with a choice of transmission: six-speed manual, CVT automatic (fwd only), eight-speed auto or seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox; and a new electromechanical power steering system is being introduced for the 2013 A4. The A4 & S4 should be heading stateside next summer in addition to the A4 Allroad and only a slight increase in price is expected.