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2017 Audi A4 Doubles Down with Manual, All-Wheel Drive

2017 Audi A4 Doubles Down with Manual, All-Wheel Drive

If both a six-speed manual and standard all-wheel drive is on your checklist, the 2017 Audi A4 could be the sedan for you. Audi says it will be the only entry-level luxury sedan in its segment to offer both when it goes on sale this fall.

First let’s talk about the redesigned six-speed manual. It has an improved power-to-weight ratio thanks in part to the extensive use of magnesium and a smaller clutch. That transmission is paired to Audi’s 2.0 TFSI engine which delivers 252-horses and 273 pound-feet of torque. On the clock, it’ll sprint o-60 in 5.7 seconds.

The manual A4 also features a new Quattro all-wheel drive system optimized for fully-variable torque distribution and efficiency. The new drivetrain incorporates an electronically controlled multi-plate clutch at the rear end of the transmission along with an integrated decoupler in the rear axle differential. It also weighs almost 9 pounds less than the previous Quattro system.  The front five-link suspension continues to allow for greater steering precision and handling through optimized steering-rack placement direct at wheel centers.

2017 Audi A4

Drivers who choose the 2017 A4 Quattro manual also have the option of adding an exclusive Sport plus package. It features aluminum 18” 5-double-spoke-star design wheels, available Daytona Gray exterior paint, S line leather/Alcantara interior with sport seats, stainless steel pedal caps, flat-bottom steering wheel and brushed aluminum decorative inlays. It also comes with Audi dynamic steering and sport adaptive suspension (-23mm ride height). Both were previously reserved only for S4 models.

Of course, you can opt for an automatic A4 as well with either front-wheel or all-wheel drive.

The 2017 A4 base manual starts from $40,350 including destination.

Photo Credit: Audi