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Old 05-23-2007, 08:38 AM   #1
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2009 Audi A4 @ 2007 Frankfurt Show

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Exclusive Sneak Peek: Audi's 2009 A4

Audi will show the B8 A4 in Frankfurt in September
Sources at Audi have confirmed to AudiWorld that the next generation Audi A4 will make its worldwide debut in the fall at the Frankfurt Motor Show. Completely redesigned both inside and out, the B8 A4 will in many ways be similar to the recently introduced B8 A5 and S5 coupés.

With the new A4 just a little over four months away we wanted to give readers a good idea of what to expect inside and out. Matt Daniels has also prepared three exclusive renders of the 2009 A4 (sedan, Avant and S4) which represent our best guess at what the final product will look like.

First and foremost the new A4 will utilize Audi's up-and-coming MLP (Modular Longitudinal Platform) technology which will form the basis of not only the A4 and A5, but the also soon-to-be-revealed Q5 crossover SUV, next-generation A6, the as-yet-to-be-announced A7 and even the next A8. MLP allows Audi to place the engine and transmission further back behind the axle and helps stretch the wheelbase without lengthing the car's exterior dimensions. Less front overhang means the 2009 A4 will be less front-heavy than its predecessor, a problem which has dogged most Audis for some time.

The B8 A4 will only be about one inch longer than the current A4, although the longer wheelbase will make it appear to be a relatively bigger car. Front and rear overhang each decrease by nearly three inches. Thanks to its available next generation quattro all-wheel drive (rear-biased with a 40/60 split) and MLP architechture the new A4 will handle significantly better than any of the previous generation A4s before it.

The new A4 will also get something that its A5 brethren unfortunately did not - LED tail lamps. We have been told that the development cycle on the A5 was such that tail lamp designs had to be locked-in before the more cost effective LED models to be used on the A4 could be finalized. The A4 will also include headlight-integrated LED daytime running lights as an option, while the S4 will get them as a standard feature.

Inside the new A4 it will be more of the same from Audi; world class interior treatments will grace the A4 and each of its variants. The cabin will be very similar to the A5's with a more raked (and slightly driver's side skewed) center console, an all new climate control and audio center stack and more distinctive gauges. The driver will be able to adjust the armrest both up-and-down and by sliding front to back.

Interior seating comfort will be largely unchanged from the previous A4, with the exception of the rear seats where at least an inch of additional legroom will be available due to the wheelbase changes.

Powerplants for North America will be standard Audi fare with a 2.0-liter TFSI, a 3.2-liter V6 and the 4.2-liter FSI V8 in the S4 version. Expect to see a new 1.8-liter TFSI offering for Europe as well as both 4 and 6-cylinder TDI variants. Available transmissions will include a 6-speed manual, multitronic and Audi's newest S-tronic dual-clutch gearbox.

Audi is being very tight lipped about exact A4 variants beyond the standard sedan offering. Looking at the current generation A4, Audi produces the A4 sedan, A4 Avant, A4 Cabriolet, S4 sedan, S4 Avant, S4 Cabriolet and RS4. Things will definitely change, but the final details are unknown at this time.

We can safely speculate that the A4 and S4 Cabriolets go away in favor of a A5 and S5 Cabriolets, respectively. We have also read at least one article saying that the A4 and S4 Avants will be replaced by the upcoming Audi Q5, although we hear that this is simply not the case. The Q5 will be marketed as an SUV, which is clearly different than the A4 / S4 Avant. Last, a four-door A4 Sportback has been mentioned and this remains a weak possibility as a 2010 or beyond model.

The 2009 A4 will be available in Europe by spring 2008 with general availability in North America later that fall. No pricing has been confirmed, but consumers should not expect to see much in the way of price increases. One things is certain: buyers will be getting more car for the money with the next generation A4.
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Old 05-23-2007, 08:46 AM   #2
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The S4 looks hAwt!!! It looks as big as the current A6.
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Old 05-23-2007, 08:51 AM   #3
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Aye, it looks huge. Boat-ish. I'd criticize it for size creep but the article says it has only grown an inch. Still, cars are supposed to look small on the outside but big on the inside. This thing looks more like an ungainly touring car.

I'm glad Audi is going for a rear-biased AWD system like used in the RS4 and STI. That's the only proper way to do AWD in a front-heavy car.

So when's Germany going to start improving their long-term reliability?
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Old 05-23-2007, 09:40 AM   #4
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I'll take an S4 Avant, thank you.
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Old 05-23-2007, 09:50 AM   #5
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Wow. Go Audi... A+ for styling. I still wouldn't waste my money on a glorified Volkswagen, however
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Old 05-23-2007, 10:28 AM   #6
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Very nice... I'm diggin' the wheels on that Avant
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Old 05-23-2007, 10:45 AM   #7
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Aye, it looks huge. Boat-ish. I'd criticize it for size creep but the article says it has only grown an inch.
My thoughts exactly, that's a big INCH



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No pricing has been confirmed, but consumers should not expect to see much in the way of price increases.
Oh really, not according to thier plan

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Old 05-23-2007, 11:03 AM   #8
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Also keep in mind these are "interpretations" so what you see here is not exactly what the A4 will look like. Overall very nice but these renders do make it look large.
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Old 05-23-2007, 11:17 AM   #9
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This may get me back into an Audi...
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Old 05-23-2007, 11:35 AM   #10
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wow the s4 and s5 look identical almost except for the addition of 2 doors
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good looking but bland... could use a little more emotion in the styling.
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Old 05-23-2007, 11:41 AM   #12
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good looking but bland... could use a little more emotion in the styling.

your on crack
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Old 05-23-2007, 11:56 AM   #13
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On really bad crack!

That wagon looks INCREDIBLE!
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Old 05-23-2007, 12:04 PM   #14
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On really bad crack!

That wagon looks INCREDIBLE!
I looks like the current A4 side profile except with a scallop in the door. I'm not saying it's bad or ugly by any means... just needs more sex.
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Old 05-23-2007, 01:00 PM   #15
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It looks long because it has the front of the A5.. It will have a shorter front for sure..
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I wonder how much that weighs...
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Wow, really nice looking. Classy and sporty. Looks like a G35 sedan blended with the BMW 3.
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BUZZZ! Your wife told me to remind you to watch your blood pressure Mr. Jameson.
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Haha - i figured it would get the attention of those that ignore most posts in the thread.
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One thing to remember people is that these Audi's aren't supposed to be the nose-heavy as we've been accustomed to, they've been doing some things with packaging that allows the engine to sit a good deal deeper into the car with the wheels out front, this allows for roughly a 55/45 F/R bias. Not bad at all for an AWD car which are often 60/40 or greater on front bias.

One thing I'm quite sure of, I'm pretty darn sure that car quite well. They are shooting for BMW's ultimate driving machine status and are working hard at getting their cars to be more fun.

Going to be interesting to see how the car turns out, what it weighs, performance and economy specs, etc...
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Old 05-24-2007, 01:37 AM   #23
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thats a huge BlTCH!
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Old 05-30-2007, 04:38 PM   #24
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Yum.

I'll take one S4 avant, thank you.
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Old 05-30-2007, 04:52 PM   #25
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The side profile is a little too BMW 3 series to me - that flowing, wavy line. Overall, looks awesome, but I think I like the current s4/a4 better.
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