Newly-Redesigned A4

Stepping away from the ultra-high end A8 L and back to the much more ubiquitous A4, Audi showed the redesigned model complete with a few different engine setups. Although North American will presumably see only the new 3.0 liter V6 and 1.8T versions, Audi showed their 2.0 liter 4-cylinder and 2.5 liter V6 TDI models in Geneva. Europeans will get all fours of these powerplants as well as a smaller 1.9 liter 4-cylinder TDI model.

Shod in 18-inch RS4-style wheels, the A4 3.0 in dark metallic silver was clearly the most visually impressive of the A4's in Geneva. Although initially skeptical based on the first press photos of the new A4, viewing the redesigned A4 in person for the first time was clearly a positive experience. With its more aggressive sloped front end and, yes, A6-inspired rear, the design succeeds in replacing the ever-popular original A4.

The A4's in Geneva included CD-changers in the glovebox as opposed to the trunk. The trunk, on the other hand, housed the navigation CD unit. Based on conversations with Audi at the show it appears the North American bound A4's will keep the navigation unit in the trunk while opting for an in-dash 6-disc changer over the glovebox version. It is also likely that and 18-inch factory wheel option will not be offered across the pond, although we can expect to see Audi continuing to offer the RS4-style wheel as a 17-inch sports package option.

The interior of the new A4 sees subtle improvements in dash layout and a new instrument pod grouping design. Headroom appeared improved as well, perhaps as a result of the slightly taller look of the vehicle. Rear legroom neither improved nor worsened; the A4 will continue to be a tight squeeze for 5 adults. Interior packages for North America have not been finalized at this time either. We can only hope that the burgundy leather interior of the dark metallic silver A4 is not an option. This color combination was most definitely the low point.

The Audi RS4

No story filed from a European motor show would be complete without at least a short summary of the RS4. While we are constantly reminded that this super car is not and will not be available in North America, we are still free to admire it longingly.

The RS4 in Geneva was shown in yellow and once again looked nothing short of awe-inspiring. Items of note on this vehicle included what appeared to be new Pirelli P Zero Corsa tires (255/35 ZR 18), as well as a two-tone yellow and black interior. With Recaro seats providing a snug and secure feeling behind the wheel, the RS4's alcantera was a striking compliment to the bright exterior.

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