So now that we can stop speculating about the appearance of the revamped A4— the shield/waterfall/trapezoid grille, the headlights attenuated into a mean glare, etc.— we can concentrate on what's important: driving. Rather, Edmunds can concentrate on it, because they have a knack for getting cars like six years before they're available to the rest of us car scribbling shlubs. And what Edmunds finds is a subcutaneous layer more interesting than the epidermis. The suspension has been completely revised with high-perf parts borrowed from the S4, and then there's those two new direct-injection engines, a 200-hp 2.0 liter turbo and a 255-hp 3.2 liter V6. Besides having better horsepower and torque figures than the outgoing models, these puppies use Audi's FSI technology to shoot fuel right into the combustion chamber instead of through an intake manifold. The welcome result is more low end torque, which in the 2.0 seems to negate turbo lag and produce linear V6-like behavior. Strangely, Edmunds thinks the six-speed automatic transmission is best suited to the powerplants, which I guess it is if you're sitting in L.A. rush hour traffic. The interior still exhibits the same best-in-segment quality for which Audi is famous. Pricing is also going to remain stable with (at most) a 0.5 percent increase. So with all this new stuff added, where has Audi cut corners to hit the price point? Have they? Anyone? Bueller?




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