Sedan pre-facelift Avant pre-facelift The first generation Audi A4 known internally as the Typ 8D debuted in October ,   with production starting November and European sales commencing in January for the model year. North American sales later began in September for the model year. It had a front-mounted longitudinal engine and front-wheel drive. Development began in , with the first design sketches being created later that year.
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It was a significant improvement over the previous-generation car and when we compared it with the BMW 3 Series, it was just as good as that benchmark for the segment.
At the time of driving it, there was only one powertrain available — a 2. Now, though, Audi is offering another transmission in the A4 — a six-speed manual. The latter brings about sport details, most specifically the adaptive sport suspension. So it was pretty spartan, as far as Audi A4s go. The previous B8-generation A4 ditched the manual option in its later years and even when it was offered, sales were limited at best.
However, it seems that there was enough of an enthusiast draw to convince Audi to add a manual gearbox option to the new A4. Jumping into a brand-new Audi and seeing a six-speed gear lever is a bit odd but a welcome sight. I was nervous that it might feel out of sorts in such a high-tech car, as many modern manual cars can. The shift lever feels good in the hand and throws are short enough and precise.
The clutch is a bit springy, which caught me off guard at first, but once you get used to it, the action is light and easy to use. Thanks to the 2. The A4 feels quicker than just hp would suggest and its little engine rings out those ponies smoothly. Without the sport suspension, the A4 is a bit too softly sprung. The pitches and rolls far too much through corners and has a bit of brake dive.
It really needs either the fixed or adaptive sport suspension. This new chassis, though, is really quite good and the A4 feels like a proper sports luxury sedan. The clutch is nice and light, yet accurate, and the throws are great. It does add to the experience and make the A4 that much more engaging.
Audi A4 (B8) Manuals
Audi A4 With five generations behind it, filled with constant development and technical innovations, Audi A4 is one of the most prominent cars in its class. And with production numbers peaking at more than Still, a story about the history and evolution of this car starts with its predecessor, called Audi Introduced in under the codename B1, this was the car whose modern design and progressive engineering took the family car market by storm. This set the trend for all Audi models of the seventies.
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