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5th July, 2012

  • quattro is now more attainable than ever: A4 2.0 TFSI from $61,700*
  • Fuel efficiency improves by an average of 15 per cent across all models
  • Generous specification makes new A4 a compelling purchase
  • Audi S4 Avant available in Australia for the first time in this generation

The new Audi A4 has made its debut in Australia, headlined by the introduction of three new engines to the range, a generous list of standard equipment and attractive pricing. The brand’s best-selling mid-size sedan and Avant are now an even more compelling purchase option for discerning buyers.

The sweet spot in the Audi A4 range has been made even more attractive: the 2.0 TFSI quattro sedan boasts a very generous equipment list, including MMI Navigation plus, Xenon headlights with LED daytime running lights, convenience key access, electric front seats and 18-inch alloy wheels. Equipped with either a manual or S tronic gearbox, this model is affordably priced, at $61,700* and $64,500* respectively.

The 2.0 TFSI turbocharged, direct-injection engine delivers 155 kW and 350 Nm of torque, the latter between 1,500 and 4,200 rpm. Paired with the six-speed manual transmission and quattro drive, it accelerates the A4 sedan to 100 km/h in 6.5 seconds on the way to a top speed of 246 km/h. Its average fuel consumption is 6.8 litres per 100 km, which corresponds to 159 grammes of CO2/km.

The entry point into the A4 range is also extremely well-priced: the A4 sedan 1.8 TFSI costs $52,700*, with an all-new engine that drives down fuel consumption, while delivering the kind of sporty performance that the four rings are famous for. The 1.8 TFSI engine boasts direct and indirect fuel injection for maximum efficiency and accelerates the Audi A4 sedan manual from zero to 100 km/h in 8.1 seconds on its way to a top speed of 230 km/h. Yet, on the 'combined cycle' it requires just 5.8 litres of fuel per 100 km on average – a CO2 equivalent of 134 grammes per km. Consumption has been reduced by 18 per cent compared with the previous-model engine that produced 118 kW.

The entry-level diesel model, the 2.0 TDI multitronic, boasts the lowest fuel consumption of the range, while still delivering enthusiastic performance. A peak torque figure of 380 Nm is available to the driver from 1,750 to 2,500 rpm (peak power is 130 kW), which is enough to dispatch 0-100 km/h in a brisk 7.9 seconds. This performance doesn’t come at the cost of fuel efficiency, though: the 2.0 TDI requires 4.8 litres, on the 'combined cycle' to travel 100 km on average. CO2 emissions are 127 grammes per kilometre.

A new diesel engine to the A4 range is the 3.0 TDI 150 kW multitronic, which provides even more performance, with 150 kW from 3,500-4,500 rpm and 400 Nm from 1,250-3,500 rpm. It reaches 100 km/h from rest in 7.1 seconds, returning a fuel consumption figure of 4.9 L/100 km and CO2 emissions of 129 g/km (combined cycle).

All A4s are generously equipped, but a Technik package available for the entry level TFSI and TDI model includes popular features like MMI Navigation plus, Xenon plus headlights with LED daytime driving lights and parking system plus (acoustic front and rear) for only $5,300. A comfort package is also available, and an assistance package is optional for all models.

Buyers can select a dynamic look by ordering the optional S line exterior package on either the Sedan or the Avant. The package adds specific details to the front and rear bumpers, the high-gloss black single-frame grille, the air inlets, the platinum grey diffuser and the side sill trims, which are painted in the body colour. The door sill trims and the front mudguards sport S line badges; chrome-look strips frame the fog lights; and four-cylinder models get attractive tailpipe trims. The S line exterior package adds a roof spoiler to the A4 Avant.

Another option available from Audi for the A4 Sedan and the A4 Avant is the high-gloss package, with which the window capping strips and the roof frame are made of aluminium. A third alternative is the Audi exclusive black styling package, which bathes the window capping strips and other bolt-on parts in matt black.

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The Audi A4 is a practical mid-size car that combines handsome exterior proportions with short wheel overhangs with generous interior space. The Sedan and the Avant measure within 2 millimetres of one another - both are 4.70 metres long. The Sedan and Avant are 1.83 metres wide; height is 1.42 metres and 1.44 metres for the Sedan and Avant respectively.

The body of the A4 showcases a classic Audi strength --- the intelligent hybrid construction with high-end materials. The crossmember behind the front bumper, for instance, is made of aluminium. Conventional deep-drawing steel accounts for only 38 per cent of the weight of the sedan. High-strength grades account for 32 per cent and ultra-high-strength steels for 18 per cent. The remaining 12 per cent are hot-shaped steels, which get their extreme tensile strength from a dramatic temperature increase during shaping.

Hot-shaped steels account for 34 kilogrammes of the weight of the body-in-white of the Audi A4. Thanks to their relatively low wall thicknesses, they save nine kilogrammes. Used at the frontwall crossmember, the centre tunnel, the B-pillars and the inside sills, hot-shaped steels form a strong structure in the occupant cell. In a crash, they transfer the forces in such a way that the dissipation of energy poses the least possible risk to the occupants.

Audi S4

For the first time, the S4 Avant is available in this generation of A4. The 3.0 TFSI powers both the S4 sedan and the S4 Avant. The supercharged V6 engine produces a peak power figure of 245 kW and its mammoth 440 Nm of torque is available at engine speeds between 2,200 and 5,900 rpm. Audi has tuned its sound so that it is more acoustically powerful than ever. The start-stop system is standard.

The S4 models offer powerful performance. The sedan sprints from zero to 100 km/h in just 5.0 seconds and reaches an electronically limited top speed of 250 km/h. Just as groundbreaking is the consumption: the sedan requires just 8.1 litres of fuel per 100 km on average for the 'combined cycle' (8.4 lites/100 km for the Avant). Both models come standard with the seven-speed S tronic. It directs the power to the quattro drivetrain with the self-locking centre differential and torque vectoring. The sport differential is available as an option.

The S4 Sedan and the S4 Avant embody the cultivated sportiness typical of Audi. They are fast, powerful sports cars with uncompromised everyday practicality. The hexagonal single-frame grille, the wedge-shaped headlights clasped in LED daytime running lights, the LED rear lights and the new bumpers are the most obvious cues to the updated models.

Fine details differentiate the S4 from the A4. The radiator grille insert is Platinum Grey. It features finely sculpted, horizontal chrome crossbars and an S4 badge. The air inlets are covered with honeycomb grilles with double chrome strips, and the fog lights are rectangular. The central air inlet below the grille has also been slightly updated.

The housings of the exterior mirrors shine with an aluminium-look finish, the side sills are painted in the body colour and V6 T badges adorn the flanks.

The new S models are also immediately recognisable from the rear, with cues provided by the diffuser insert with the aluminium-look blade and the dual exhaust system with four elliptical tailpipe tips. Black brake callipers, with S4 emblems on the front callipers, grab the four large, vented discs. The spoiler of the S4 Avant extends the roof edge; it is integrated into the boot lid of the sedan.

The Estoril Blue, crystal effect paint finish is reserved exclusively for the S models.

At 4.72 metres in length, the S models are 15 and 20 millimetres longer than the standard A4 sedan and Avant models, respectively, on which they are based. They are 21 millimetres lower, at 1.41 and 1.42 metres, respectively.

The Audi designers also made small changes to the interior. The leather multifunction sport steering wheel with the S4 badge has been redesigned, with the flat-bottomed rim available as a sporty option. The instruments have Grey dials and white arrows with aluminium-look hubs. The MMI monitor displays a special welcome screen, and the new key has an S4 badge. The inlays have surfaces of Matt Brushed Aluminium. Optional inlays include Carbon, Fine Grain Birch Wood Grey, Stainless Steel Mesh or Piano Finish; in the latter two cases, the fascia in the instrument panel also shines thanks to a piano-finish look. Aluminium-look shift paddles and pedals are standard, and S4 badges adorn the door sill trims. Sportily cool black dominates the interior; the headlining is also available in Lunar Silver. The standard sport seats are covered with a combination of leather and Alcantara. They are power-adjustable, heated and include a centre armrest. Optionally available are S sport seats with particularly pronounced side bolsters, integrated head restraints and embossed S4 badges in the seat backs. They are also power-adjustable, and the Fine Nappa leather upholstery is available in a choice of three colours. A further alternative consists of climate-controlled comfort seats covered with perforated Milano leather. The lighting package, the xenon plus headlights with LED rear lights and the driver information system with colour display round out the specific standard equipment of the S models.

The 3.0 TFSI features in both the S4 Sedan and the S4 Avant. The supercharged V6 engine produces 245 kW and applies a constant 440 Nm of torque to the camshaft at engine speeds between 2,200 and 5,900 rpm. Audi has tuned its sound so that it is more acoustically powerful than ever under load. The start-stop system is standard.

Both S4 models come equipped with the tautly tuned S sport suspension that lowers the body by 30 millimetres. Upon request, Audi adds electronic damper control that works in conjunction with Audi drive select. With its numerous adjustment possibilities, the system makes the driving experience even more versatile, and offers both a sporty driving mode and a comfort-oriented one. One new feature in the model series is the electromechanical power steering. Dynamic steering is available in combination with Audi drive select.


Manufacturer List Pricing* (MLP*) – excludes dealer delivery fees and statutory charges

A4 1.8 TFSI manual                                         125 kW                                 $52,700*
A4 1.8 TFSI multitronic                                    125 kW                                  $55,500*
A4 2.0 TDI multitronic                                      130 kW                                  $57,900*
A4 2.0 TFSI quattro manual                              155 kW                                  $61,700*
A4 2.0 TFSI quattro S tronic                             155 kW                                  $64,500*
A4 3.0 TDI multitronic                                      150 kW                                  $68,900*
A4 3.0 TDI quattro S tronic                               180 kW                                  $88,000*
A4 3.0 TFSI quattro S tronic                             200 kW                                   $93,400*

A4 Avant 1.8 TFSI multitronic                           125 kW                                   $58,500*
A4 Avant 2.0 TDI multitronic                             130 kW                                   $60,900*
A4 Avant 2.0 TFSI quattro S tronic                    155 kW                                   $67,500*
A4 Avant 3.0 TDI multitronic                             150 kW                                   $71,900*

S4 3.0 TFSI quattro S tronic                             245 kW                                  $120,400*
S4 Avant 3.0 TFSI quattro S tronic                    245 kW                                  $123,900*

NOTE: * Manufacturer's List Price (MLP) excludes dealer delivery fees and the numerous statutory charges (commonly known as on-road costs). Additionally, please note that all prices, fees and charges are subject to change without notice, as are the specifications.


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