Just because you need a four door sedan, it doesn’t mean that you can’t look sporty. You also shouldn’t have to break the bank to have a car that is safe and fun to drive. At least that seems to be auto maker Audi’s take on things with the new 2009 Audi A4.
The 2009 Audi A4 is a revamp of a venerable Audi classic. In spite of being revamped, the A4 still bears a strong similarity to the 2005-2008 Audi A4 models that came before it. Even though it looks a lot like its older brother, the 2009 Audi A4 is a completely new car that is loaded with the brand new engineering.
The new styling of the upcoming Audi A4 is sleeker, curvier and tighter and bears a strong resemblance to the gorgeous Audi A5 Coupe. But style isn’t all that the new Audi A4 has going for it. The new A4 has a brand new steel body that is much lighter and stiffer than the previous A4 generations.
The 2009 Audi A4 is also a much bigger car. The new 2009 model will be add almost five inches in total length and over two inches in overall width to the existing A4 body size. The new A4 will also ride slightly closer to the ground. It also has a longer wheel base, with an increase of 6.6 inches to a total of 110.6 inches. That is only an inch and a half shorter than the much bigger Audi A6. Body overhangs will be shorter on the 2009 Audi A4. This shows signs of good engineering and will likely improve handling. The shorter overhangs also give the revamped model a more aggressive look.
The interior of the new A4 has also been completely redesigned. The new inside is attractive, with clean lines and higher quality materials. The seats are black leather and the aluminum trim offers slick contrast with the matching black door panels. The new instrument panel is easier on the eyes and makes getting information easier.
The 2009 Audi A4 didn’t just get a cosmetic upgrade. The area under the hood also so new improvements. The new 3.2 liter V6 engine will push out 265 horsepower and is paired with a six speed automatic transmission. Audi also has plans to offer a smaller four cylinder option that will feature a manual transmission. The new V6 features direct injection and makes the engine more fuel efficient to save on gas prices. The V6 engine offers a smooth ride, but it doesn’t offer the power and thrust of Audi’s 4.2 liter V8. That doesn’t mean the car is underpowered. It still goes 0 to 60 mph is around 6 seconds when the engine is paired with the manual transmission.
The transmission also got a revamp for the new model year. The new A4 also features a system that allows drivers to select different shifting modes, from comfort to dynamic. Pricing hasn’t been officially announced, but expect the new 2009 Audi A4 to start at under $30,000.