This is the thoroughly revised and re-modelled Audi A4 range which goes on sale in the UK from November, for delivery from 1 January 2005. Audi says the four year-old car has been extensively re-worked and re-engineered, and features several new engines.
The most obvious changes are to the exterior. Like the rest of the car in the range, the A4 now bears the hallmarks of Audi’s new and more aggressive styling inspired by the Nuvolari coupé concept. Virtually all of the A4’s exterior panels are new, including the door skins and rear wings.
Changes to the interior are less extensive: the cars get a new (magnesium framed) steering wheel, but the classy dash stays much the same and Audi hasn’t taken the opportunity to fit its MMI control system. However, the car is finished off with a range of new alloys and fresh colour and trim packs.
The new range now includes 10 different engines, from a 1.6-litre petrol to the S4’s mighty V8. Four new engines have been added, including the compact 255bhp 3.2-litre V6 FSI unit. Available in front- and four-wheel drive, it can propel the A4 to 62mph in 6.8sec. There’s also the same 200bhp 2.0-litre FSI Turbo engine used by the new Golf GTi. Also of note is the new 206bhp 3.0-litre V6 twin-turbodiesel motor, which can crack 62mph in 7.2secs and is hooked up to the quattro drivetrain.