Interesting Facts About the Audi A4
- If it weren't for the Audi A4, the brand might not be what it is today. This vehicle single-handedly revived the Audi brand when the company's sales figures went through a huge slump back in the late 1980s. It was a huge success that Audi's image went from being a conservative vehicle company to become a premium luxury car maker. Today, it's on the same league as other well-known German luxury auto manufacturers.
- The actual cause of Audi's sales slump in the 1980s can actually be traced to problems with sudden acceleration incidents associated with the Audi 5000. Worse, it was featured in the TV program 60 minutes, which all but ruined Audi's image in the US. If it weren't for the A4, who knows what would have happened with Audi.
- The Audi A4 was one of the first vehicles to receive the new multitronic transmission system, which was spelled with a lower-case 'm' by Audi for some reason. Developed by LuK, it became the company's own version of the continuously variable transmission that allowed it to change steplessly through an infinite number of effective gear ratios. This resulted in better fuel economy, lighter overall weight, and faster response when shifting gears.
- On older A4s, the chassis is actually taken from the existing Volkswagen B6 PL46 platform. To better understand the company's platform nomenclature, the code PL46 actually stands for passenger car longitudinal platform, size 4, generation 6.
- Audi actively participates in the German Touring Car Masters or the Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters and has actually won a total of eight DTM titles to date. The Audi A4 was one of the best vehicles that competed in this race, and is actually responsible for winning five DTM title back in 2004, 2007, 2008, 2009, and most recently in 2011.
- The Audi A4 actually holds a world speed record of its own. Back in 2009, Hohenester Sport modified an HS 650 Audi B7 A4 Quattro to set a new world speed record as the fastest biogas-powered land vehicle. It clocked in at 364.6 KM/H (226.6 MPH) when it was driven by Jrgen Hohenester in the Papenburg test track located in Lower Saxony, Germany.