A FRESH-LOOK Audi A4 will arrive in Australia early next year, featuring a facelifted front end and the addition of a variant called the “S line competition” that provides “additional dynamic highlights”.
According to Audi, the S line competition package includes “a host of exclusive new features – the blade in the front bumper and the stone-chip guard strip in Selenite Silver, an RS rear spoiler on the A4 Avant (wagon) and, among other things, the new Turbo Blue paint finish”.
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As well, the new variant has the Audi logo stamped in either silver or black – the original Audi Quattro featured the four rings prominently on the front doors – 19-inch Audi Sport wheels, red brake calipers, a sports suspension system (with no further details provided) and LED headlights.
Inside, there’s RS-style carbonfibre trim, a three-spoke sports steering wheel, and black leather-trimmed sports seats. Don’t like black? European customers can order them as R Sport equivalents in Magma Red “or in other colours”.
The boggo A4 sedan and Avant will receive redesigned front and rear bumpers – the front air dam houses a different grille design and larger air intakes, while the rear has a smaller diffuser – and a set of different-look wheels. On the S Line models, round exhaust tips are now trapezoidal.
According to Audi, the front air intakes’ “pronounced wedge-shaped design makes them even more eye-catching. A U-shaped clip separates the exterior and the interior area, which is finished off with a honeycomb grille.”
And in a trick borrowed from rival BMW, separate openings in the air inlets guide a portion of the airflow into the wheel housings, where it flows past the wheels to minimise drag.
No details are provided about changes made to the A4’s interior.
The Audi A4 will soon meet some stiff competition in the showroom, with the BMW 3 Series due to introduce an all-new model early next year, and the sharp-looking Volvo S60 hot on its heels. It will also arrive after Mercedes-Benz updates the C-Class with fresh looks and possibly a 1.5-litre hybrid version that displaces the entry-level C200.