AUBURN HILLS, MI – Following the
worldwide media launch of the 2009 A4 Avant, Audi has announced that only the
top two gasoline engines will be offered in the U.S. lineup when the new model
becomes available this fall: a 3.2L V-6 with 265 horsepower and 243 pound-feet
of torque, and Audi’s all-new 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder, which produces
211 hp and an impressive 258 ft.-lb. of torque, 15 ft.-lb.-more than the V-6, according
The A4 sedan will be available with both engines. The 3.2L V-6 will come standard with Audi’s new six-speed “fast-shifting” automatic transmission only, complete with steering-wheel paddle shifters. A six-speed manual will also be available on the 2.0T sedan, when equipped with the rear-biased Quattro all-wheel drive. A front-wheel-drive A4 2.0T will also be offered, and will come only with the “Multitronic” CVT, without paddle shifters. Audi claims that the A4 3.2 will hit 60 mph in 6.3 seconds.
The Avant wagon will only be offered one way: Quattro with the 2.0L four- and six-speed auto with paddles.
Both engines feature FSI direct injection technology as well as variable valve timing and lift to help flatten the torque curves. Audi did not reveal exact pricing, but provided a vague estimation: $28K-$38K, or roughly the same as the current A4.