1 Jun 2001
Larger, roomier, more refined and chunkier, but equally as elegant as its predecessor, the second generation A4 sedan models debuted in June 2001.
It was headed by a 96kW/195Nm 2.0-litre 20-valve four-cylinder engine mated to a slick five-speed manual or an excellent new CVT automatic known as Multitronic.
The carryover 110kW/210Nm 1.8T and 125kW/230Nm 2.4 V6 – as well as a new 162kW/300Nm 3.0 V6 – also featured the Multitronic gearbox, but only in front-wheel drive formats.
The 1.8T quattro and 3.0 quattro used the five-speed Tiptronic automatic. In mid-2002 the A4 wagon arrived in 2.0 guise, followed by a sporty 140kW/240Nm high-performance 1.8 turbo S-Line sedan and wagon in late 2003.
At the same time a new S4 was introduced, powered by a new 253kW/410Nm 4.2 V8 and driving all four wheels.
A small equipment update occurred in June 2004, ahead of a substantial re-skin of the B6 range in early 2005.
The Road to Recovery podcast series
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13th of April 2004
Audi 2003 A4 1.8T Cabriolet
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3rd of June 2003
Audi 2001 A4 2.0 Multitronic sedan
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29th of October 2001
Audi 2001 A4 2.0 sedan
Audi offered a winning pacakge with the beautiful A4 2.0 CVT sedan
13th of July 2001
Audi 2000 A4 RS4 Avant
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2nd of March 2005
First drive: Audi's A4 forges forward
A thorough makeover means the Audi A4 is refreshed and ready for a fight
17th of February 2004
First drive: S-Line turns it on with turbo
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9th of February 2004
First drive: S4 built for comfort and speed
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2nd of September 2002
First drive: Audi's A4 Avant returns
Audi has re-introduced the Avant to its A4 range to meet demand as well as match its rivals
16th of April 2002
First Oz drive: A4 gets V6 power
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