2009 Audi A4 Review – Applying For The Seven-Speed S Tronic Transmission

February 24, 2009 by admin  
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Audi a4 review. Audi has introduced its new sporty top models in the midsize class, the Audi S4 and the Audi S4 Avant. The 2009 Audi A4 has grown substantially larger in the Audi S4 (sedan) and the Audi S4 Avant (wagon) form. It’s 4.6 inches longer and two inches wider than before. It grows from one of the smallest cars in its class to one of the largest, versus competitors such as the Mercedes Benz C Class and the BMW 3 Series. They look athletic and muscular on the road. Some of the most striking modifications to the exterior design are the special aprons, the aluminum look exterior mirrors, the 18 inch S design light alloy wheels, the side rocker panels, the restrained spoiler at the rear and the quadruple exhaust system. The xenon plus headlights with daytime running lights and the rear lights are further distinctive touches.

The Audi A4 sedan can be equipped with either the all new 2.0 TFSI 4 cylinder engine or the 3.2 FSI V6 engine. The 2.0 TFSI engine can be configured for front wheel drive or with Audi’s quattro all wheel drive system. The 2.0 liter turbocharged four cylinder is a 211 hp TFSI unit that has nothing in common with the outgoing car’s heavier and thirstier 200-hp edition. The powerplant in the A4 Avant is smooth, strong and sweeter than ever and, in a sense, not turbolike at all. Throttle response is immediate. Meanwhile the 3.2 FSI is offered exclusively in the sedan and with the quattro all wheel-drive system and a 6-speed Tiptronic transmission.

The Audi A4 Avant will be equipped with the 2.0 TFSI engine and the quattro all wheel drive system. The 2.0 TFSI engine features more horsepower (211 hp) and significantly more torque (258 lb.ft.) than the engine it replaces. Rated at 21 miles per gallon city and 27 mpg highway, the 2.0 TFSI engine delivers better fuel economy, and when compared to the all wheel drive versions, better 0-to-60 miles per hour acceleration than the key German and Asian competitors in the segment.

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The V6 power in the new Audi S4 and Audi S4 Avant flows into a six speed transmission, fitted as standard, which shifts quickly and precisely. As an option, Audi offers a state of the art dual clutch transmission, the seven speed S tronic is extremely dynamic and highly efficient. The driver has the option of driving in fully automatic mode or selecting the gears with paddles on the steering wheel or directly with the shift lever, all of which provide impressively quick gearshifts. The gearshift feel is dynamic, comfortable and very precise – typically Audi.

The seven speed S tronic consists of two separate transmissions and uses two multidisk clutches that control the various gears. The large K1 clutch guides the power via a solid shaft to the pinions for gears 1, 3, 5 and 7. A hollow shaft rotates around the solid shaft; it is connected to the compact K2 clutch, which is integrated within its larger counterpart and controls the pinions for gears 2, 4, 6 and reverse gear.

Two more engine options will surface in the coming model year. The first is a turbodiesel 3.0 liter six cylinder with 240 horsepower and a kickin’ 369 pound feet of torque, predicting a 6.1 second 0-to-62-mph sprint. At the other end of the range, a new Audi S4 will abandon V 8 power in favor of a more frugal and lighter twin turbo 3.0 liter V 6 rated at 333 hp and matched with Audi’s dual clutch automatic transmission.

The 2009 Audi A4 has a wide range of choices for drivers. There’s a fully independent suspension across the board, as well as electric power steering and four wheel disc brakes. There’s also an available Drive Select option that allows the driver to choose settings for steering feel, ride comfort, throttle input, and transmission shifting, and it’s the source of some controversy among reviewers. Drive Select is a kind of personal onboard tuning service.

The 2009 Audi A4’s cabin is entirely new, and it’s a huge step forward. Even without the sunroof, the space feels open and airy.  Both Audi A4 have high quality materials and clean, attractive design that continue to live up to Audi’s stellar reputation as the industry benchmark. The cabin has good materials, Audi’s stepped away from the styling that put it far above other brands. The new interior has more black plastic facing the front passengers. It’s angled more like a cockpit or a battleship. It does have some wonderful details, however, like a thick steering wheel, a choice of brushed-aluminum or wood trim, and a more substantial look than either the rival BMW 3 Series or the Mercedes Benz C Class as well as the ubiquitous starter button.

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The interior also underscores the sporty expertise that is the hallmark of both new S models. The sports seats have electric lumbar supports and pull-out thigh supports, and the instrument panel features gray dials with white needles. They also bear the S4 emblems, as do the multifunction sport steering wheel and the key. The interior is in black, with brushed aluminum inlays. Carbon and birch wood inlays are also available, as are stainless steel mesh inlays.

With regard to multimedia, Audi offers an attractive technology package. The communications and entertainment technologies portfolio includes the competition beating MMI operating system, various types of radio and sound systems all the way up to the high end solution from Bang & Olufsen, two navigation systems, an iPod interface, and a highly convenient Bluetooth car phone.

Luxurious features such as the three zone deluxe automatic air conditioning and the dynamic cornering light system known as adaptive light round out the optional equipment.

For the safety both Audi A4 is fully equipped with driver/front passenger next generation frontal airbags w/dual-threshold deployment determined by seat buckle switches Impact protection, reinforced high strength steel/aluminum crossmembers, reinforced bumpers, rigid occupant cell, side intrusion beams Crash sensor system,  central unlocking, interior lighting on, hazard warning lights on, engine & fuel pump shut off.

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One Response to “2009 Audi A4 Review – Applying For The Seven-Speed S Tronic Transmission”
  1. derekpm says:

    Rather interesting. Has few times re-read for this purpose to remember. Thanks for interesting article. Waiting for trackback

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