The New A4 Is Faster Than Audi Says: Why Even Quote 0-60 Times?

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The new A4, like most Audis, is faster than its quoted time.

The new 2017 B9 Audi A4 is bigger, lighter, and faster than its predecessor. FWD models lose 99 pounds, and Quattro-equipped models are down 66 pounds. Power from the 2.0-liter turbocharged TSFI is now up to 252 hp and 273 lb-ft of torque, and it comes mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch. The turbo pumps 21.5 pounds of boost into the direct-injection engine to help the car reach 60 mph in 6.1 seconds in FWD and 5.7 seconds with Quattro (according to Audi). However, in Motortrend testing, both of these numbers were wrong.


In fact, the 2017 Quattro A4 that Motortrend tested recorded a 5.4-second 0-60 time and a 14-second quarter-mile time at 99.1 mph. The last generation A4 that Motortrend tested had the 2.0-liter engine and eight-speed automatic with 211 hp and 259 lb-ft of torque. That car hit 60 mph in 5.8 seconds and completed the quarter mile in 14.4 seconds at 94.5 mph. Clearly this new A4 is faster than the old model, but something was interesting about this test. When Motortrend tested the Audi S8, it hit 60 mph in 3.5 seconds. This was faster than Audi's quoted time of 3.9 seconds. We wonder why Audi even bothers quoting 0-60 times, because it seems like its cars are always faster than stated.

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