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2005 Audi A4 Avant wagon

2005 Audi A4 Avant motor-UP Wagon

Filed by: Mark ''Stretch'' Bat, Tue, 8 Mar 2005 08:00:00 PDT

Driving Audi's redesigned 2005 Audi A4 Avant Quattro AWD (All Wheel Drive) wagon through Spring's blooming desert Saguaro (cactus) National park is as iconic visually and spiritually as the engineer-can-do inspired machine I'm driving. Audi is the geek-motor-head company. The Burt Rutan, (SpaceShipOne X-prize winner) of automotive innovation, design, execution and where the rubber truly hits the road, i.e. racing with a capital R.

"Audi is racing." It is the mantra I began in my head after the first switchback in Saguaro national park east of Tucson Az, while feeling the smoothly turboed boosted engine pulling through its powerband around and over each desert wash.

The new for 2005 2.0T upgraded powerplant engine pulls through each gear strong and predictably. NO surging turbo kick. This is the get-there-with-a-BIG-smile wagon!

As noted, the new 2005 Audi A4 Avant wagon has a 2.0T (turboed) powerplant. Up from 1.8 liter from last year. Audi's new FSI (Fuel Straight Injection) produces more felt power in your foot, better fuel economy and cooler CHT, (cylinder head temperatures) I suspect also. How? Through cleverly injecting fuel into the combustion chamber the 2.0T is the first turboed engine with FSI.

The new 2.0T delivers ear-to-ear smiling pulling torque and power from a lower rpm than a comparable 2.0 liter four cylinder turboed powerplant. The new 2.0T specs claim 200 hp from 5,100 to 6,000 rpm but more importantly it is where the power/torque comes on in real-world driving that you will gleefully notice the difference.

From 1,800 to 5,000 rpms the power/torque pulls smoothly delivering both a fun sport wagon and fuel efficient economy. MPG are up from the 1.8 liter engine; 22 mpg city, 31 mpg highway, 25 mpg combined.

The 2005 Audi A4 Avant 2.0T drivechains offered are either the six-speed manual or six-speed automatic with Tiptronic. The casual to active driver will instantly notice less shifting towards redline to maintain desired horsepower.

Driving the new Audi A4 2.0T wagon reminded me of my '87 Harley Davidson FXR with better fuel economy and no kidney shaking ride. Torque pulling torque from low rpms up to redline.

Split backseat folddowns and under the rear floor trunk volume add up to 118.6 cu. ft of storage. The 2005 Audi A4 Avant 2.0T inherits from the high performance S4 and larger A6 front and rear suspension components. Resulting in a comfortable, secure, tightly rolling ride.

Braking in 2005 is more than simply having the caliper pad squeezing the rotor. Nope, its a series of acronyms to get you to stop where and when you want.

The 2005 Audi A4 Avant 2.0T offers Anti-lock Brake System (ABS), Electronic Brake pressure Distribution (EBD) and Electronic Stabilization Program, (ESP.) All these technologies add up to secure, strong, easily delivered braking capabilities for the 2005 Audi A4 Avant 2.0T.

The 2005 Audi A4 Avant 2.0T starts at $31,170 US.



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