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.
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.