Audi A4 Saloons Gain New, More Luxurious Specification | Part Two

New Options

The new optional specification packs, just launched, now include more striking alloy wheel designs - also now of a larger diameter for Sport models - giving the A4 saloon and Avant even more road presence. Ten of the available paint choices can now also be extended to cover the bumpers at an extra cost of £400.

The new SE package, currently available at no extra cost, has now been upgraded to include cruise control and rear electric windows (previously standard only for six-cylinder versions) for all SE-equipped models. 16-inch, 5-arm Trapez design alloy wheels also replace the 16-inch, 5-arm 'aero' design originally fitted.

Choosing the Sport option, costing £900 (£290 until 31st March 2003), will from now on bring 17-inch 'Five Spoke Star' alloy wheels, which replace the 16-inch wheels originally included. The package also now features a Concert II stereo with single front loading CD player (except A4 Cabriolet Sport). Full listings for both packages can be found on page 4.

A 24 Model Highly 'Bespoke' UK Range The 28,773 A4 examples sold in the UK in 2002 comprised a wide range of models. Six petrol engines ranging from 102PS to 220PS are available for the Audi A4 saloon and Avant, including the remarkable new 2.0-litre FSI direct injection unit, which offers an exceptional trade-off between power and economy that is currently unrivalled in the compact executive class. This engine delivers 150PS and 200Nm of torque, and enables the FSI saloon to reach 62mph from rest in 9.6 seconds and continue to a 135mph maximum speed. At the same time it is capable of covering just under 40 miles per gallon of petrol (combined cycle), and achieves an impressively low, tax-efficient CO2 output of 170g/km.

The range also comprises four turbocharged four and six-cylinder diesel TDI units with outputs from 100bhp to 180bhp. One of these - the smooth and refined 2.5 TDI with 163bhp - has been installed beneath the bonnet of the much admired new A4 Cabriolet, creating Britain's only diesel-powered production convertible.

Multitronic - Automatic With No Penalties A number of these petrol and TDI engines can be allied to the new and unique Audi Multitronic continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT), which eliminates the need for sacrifices in performance, fuel economy and general driveability in exchange for a more relaxed drive. In many cases, this revolutionary transmission enables a multitronic-equipped car to match the performance, fuel economy and CO2 output of a manual equivalent - an achievement which sets automatic A4 models apart from their prestige compact executive rivals.

Audi also offers the most comprehensive range of models equipped with four-wheel-drive in the sector. The safest possible drive configuration for UK roads is a feature of eight quattro saloon and Avant versions of the A4.

On the road prices for the A4 saloon range from £17,690 for the A4 1.6 to £24,890 for the A4 3.0 quattro. Avant models start with the 1.6 at £18,820, and finish with the 3.0 quattro at £26,020.

New SE option pack (free of charge until March 31st, £610 thereafter)

New Sport option pack (£290 until March 31st, £900 thereafter)

Colour keyed bumpers are available with the following colour choices:

Published : 31/01/03 Author : Melanie Carter

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