• Dec 19th 2008 at 2:33PM
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Audi is expanding its A4 line-up to include two new option levels on its entry-level sedan; one equipped with FrontTrak (read: front-wheel-drive) and another that finally offers a six-speed manual on the base quattro-equipped A4.

The 2009 Audi A4 2.0T FrontTrak mates a CVT to the 2.0T inline four, returning an EPA rating of 23 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway. The six-speed manual quattro A4 achieves the same highway rating, but loses one mpg around town. Pricing for the FrontTrak model starts at $31,000, while the six-speed, AWD-equipped variant comes in at $31,850. Both models benefit from a host of standard equipment, including leather seating, sunroof and SIRIUS satellite radio. Make the jump for all the details.


Audi A4 Lineup Expands With New FrontTrak and Manual Models

  • The Audi A4 2.0T FrontTrak sedan pairs the multitronic transmission with the award-winning Audi 2.0 TFSI engine
  • The Audi A4 quattro sedan is now available with a six-speed manual transmission
  • MSRP for the base front-drive model is $31,000 and $31,850 for the base manual quattro model.
HERNDON, Va., Dec 19, 2008 - Audi announced an expansion of its 2009 A4 lineup with two new models, one featuring front-wheel drive and one featuring a six-speed manual transmission. The newest 2009 Audi A4 models offer exceptional value and the best fuel economy ratings in their individual segments.

The 2009 Audi A4 2.0T FrontTrak combines the advantages of the Audi 2.0 TFSI engine, which recently earned a spot on the 2009 Ward's 10 Best Engines list, and the efficient multitronic continuously variable transmission, or CVT.

The A4 sedan now available with a six-speed manual transmission, offers a sporty driving experience for those who prefer to shift for themselves. The manual transmission is also paired with Audi's efficient 2.0 TFSI engine along with Audi's latest generation of quattro all-wheel drive featuring a rear torque bias for sporty handling.

The result of the new front-wheel drive A4 powertrain combination is the best fuel efficiency in its class with an EPA rating of 23 mpg in city driving conditions and 30 mpg in highway driving. Those fuel economy figures represent a 4 percent fuel-efficiency gain over the previous-generation A4 powered with earlier versions of the 2.0 TFSI engine and the multitronic transmission. The 2009 A4 2.0T quattro manual sedan achieves the best efficiency of any all-wheel drive car in its luxury segment with EPA fuel economy ratings of 22 mpg in city driving and 30 mpg on highways.

The Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price on the front-wheel drive 2009 Audi A4 2.0T FrontTrak sedan with multitronic CVT transmission starts at $31,000. The MSRP on the 2009 Audi A4 2.0T quattro manual is $31,850. Both models come with a rich list of standard equipment such as sunroof, leather seating, SIRIUS satellite radio, and quattro all-wheel drive.

"Offering exceptional efficiency without sacrificing the comforts that luxury car buyers expect is Audi's hallmark," said Johan de Nysschen, executive vice president, Audi of America. "These two new A4 models are no exception. Their addition to the Audi lineup allows us to meet a broader array of consumer tastes with our highly acclaimed, best-selling car."

Audi is a pioneer in continuously variable transmission technology. The multitronic transmission was significantly revamped and first appears in the 2009 Audi A4. With the redesign, the multitronic transmission offers greater sportiness and agility along with reduced fuel consumption. The first Audi A4 2.0T FrontTrak multitronic model will begin arriving at dealers this month, with Audi A4 2.0T quattro manual models expected to arrive in dealerships by early 2009.

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      • 6 Years Ago
      The PR says that "both models come with a rich list of standard equipment such as . . . quattro all-wheel drive." Must be the ellusive quattro FrontTrak model.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Audi's FrontTrak = BMW's sDrive

      Gotta have a spiffy name for everything, right?

      Anyway, front-drive Audi's are for people that are cross-shopping with Acura, aka Camry-type people that want something brand new and "a little nicer, a little sportier". Whatever that means, that ain't me and probably most people that know at least a little bit about cars.

      Those in the know (us here at AB) that real Audi cars have AWD. If that sounds snooty, then I'm sorry, but you can always by a certified used AWD Audi.

      The A3 is nice, though...
        • 6 Years Ago
        "...Those in the know (us here at AB) that real Audi cars have AWD..."

        Just like the "real" enthusiasts know that the Boxster/Cayman isn't a "real" Porsche, or a C-Class MB isn't a "real" Mercedes, the Continental GT just isn't a "real" Bentley, and any non-M BMW isn't a "real" BMW.

        The A3 is nice but it's not a "real" Audi, FYI. And those in the "know" know that certified used is just marketing speak to trick people who think they know better.
      • 6 Years Ago
      How ironic to see this post as I saw a brand spanking new black A4 on the road this morning and wondered if they offered it with a 6speed. Great news!

      If the FWD makes it cheaper, then that's cool with me although I bet the Audi purists are puking over this. Truth is, if your not drag racing or visiting the circuit on the weekend, the FWD is fine since AWD rarely comes into play unless you live in Buffalo, Green Bay, Denver or anywhere along the Canadian border.

      I'm in Connecticut and neither myself nor anyone in my family has ever owned an AWD car and I can count on one finger, in 35 years, when we couldn't go anywhere where an AWD car could go.

        • 6 Years Ago
        That's cuz you haven't tried driving up a ski jump ramp ;)
      • 6 Years Ago
      First - I thought the only reason people buy sticks is for fast cars

      second - I thought the main reason people like Audi's is because of their awesome quattro system.

      This makes no since.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Agreed. Heck, I'd pay a premium for a 6-speed manual in an Avant.
        • 6 Years Ago
        People buy manual gearboxes for: fuel economy, performance, and to have a little fun getting from point A to point B.

        I'll take an A4 Avant with the 6-speed and quattro, please.
        • 6 Years Ago
        ...people buy stick shift because it's cheaper than a slushbox, or because they prefer shifting. Seeing as there are so many awesome manumatic systems out there (BMW's SMG, Audi's DSG, und so weiter), having a stick shift over auto is no guarantor of speed.

        While the quattro system is pretty awesome, it's also pretty useless for the average driver - a driver who doesn't necessarily push their cars to their limits when on the road. The majority of drivers are so annoyingly cautious enough on their own that Quattro would be a waste, hence opting for FrontTrak.

        And it's "sense". Yeah.

        • 6 Years Ago
        I buy manuals to keep myself interested, involved and to control the engine. We have an A3 DSG. DSG is better than a traditional manual but overall, it's boring as all get out on a daily drive to work (thus the reason it's my wife's car). When I drive automatics I simply don't much care for driving...too little to do.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Yeah, kind of a waste giving the manual to the sedan which is bought by poseurs who argue over 'door blades' and the bluetooth connectivity. Let the Avant (the one for the real men, who ride bikes, go skiing, have a cotttage and a dog names Spike) get the 6 speed. This is the reason why I bought my 2006 Avant off lease - I just couldn't stand the thought of riding (not driving) around with the bitch stick.
      • 6 Years Ago

      Right now, there's someone at Acura going "Why didn't we think of this?"

      • 6 Years Ago
      So the RWD version will be the 'BackTrak'

      • 6 Years Ago
      IMHO, they're making the very same odd mistake as MB did with the C-Class and Lexus did with the IS. That is, they make the manual available with the smaller engine.

      WHY? They all say the take rate for the manual is too low for it to be offered across the board. Okay fine, but you have to make a point here. Why make it available with the least powerful engine? Most sporting buyers buy more power than 207 hp. I'm willing to bet BMW USA, if shown the sales charts, would confirm the percentage of 335i buyers opting for the 6MT is higher than the percentage of 328i buyers.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I'm hoping these updates also allow you to get the s line package on lower level trim lines (premium or premium plus) as on the b7s.
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