Aug 30, 2007
Audi reveals new 2008 A4
2008 Audi A4. Click image to enlarge
Ingolstadt, Germany – Audi has released new photographs and information about the all-new 2008 A4 compact luxury sedan. Approximately 12 cm (4.7 in.) longer and over five cm (2.0 in.) wider than its predecessor, the new A4’s front body overhang has been shortened; the hood is longer, and the wheelbase is longer to provide a roomier cabin. The new A4 is longer and wider than the BMW 3 Series, and longer but narrower than the new Mercedes-Benz C-Class.
The new cabin is now 20 mm (0.8 in.) longer and rear-passenger knee room has gone up by 36 mm (1.4 in.). Headroom and width at shoulder height have also been increased. The trunk is now 481 litres (17.0 cu. ft.) whether the car has front-wheel drive or quattro permanent all-wheel drive. This is larger than any of its competitors, says Audi.
In its driveline, the A4’s differential has changed places with the clutch (or torque converter), making it possible to move the front axle forward by 155 mm (6.1 in.) to provide better axle-load distribution. A new suspension features most of its components made from weight-saving aluminum.
In Europe, the new Audi A4 is being introduced with a choice of five engines, gas and diesel, their power outputs ranging from 143 hp to 265 hp. Various transmissions are available: a six-speed manual gearbox, the tiptronic automatic transmission, the multitronic continuously variable transmission, and either front-wheel drive or quattro permanent all-wheel drive, which has been subjected to intensive development work.
Other new features include Audi Drive Select which varies the engine, automatic transmission, steering and suspension damping characteristics to suit the driver’s preferences at any given moment. Audi Dynamic Steering varies its ratio according to the car’s speed and keeps the new A4 stable close to the handling limits by slight, almost instantaneous changes to the steering angle. And a damping control system for the hydraulic shock absorbers varies the damping characteristic individually.