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Produced: 2008-0
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Audi B8 A4 Avant
Audi released the first official pictures of the B8 series A4 in August 2007, and unveiled the car to the public at the September 2007 Frankfurt Motor Show. Saloon/sedan and Avant (estate/wagon) models are offered. The Avant was unveiled to the public at the March 2008 Geneva Motor Show.

The B8 A4 is built on a variant of the Audi Modular Longitudinal Platform, a platform which is also used in the Audi A5 coupé. Whilst prior A4 chassis were limited in wheelbase due to the relationship between the engine, transmission and front axle, the MLP allows for a reduced front overhang, resulting in a greater wheelbase length without the same increase in overall length.[9] This effectively redistributes the centre of gravity slightly rearwards, improving handling by better balancing vehicle mass between the front and rear axles. The estimated static front:rear weight ratio of the B8 A4 is approximately 55:45, depending on body style and engine. The relocation of the steering rack in front of the axle also improves handling over previous A4 platforms.

The B8 A4 has increased in length by 117 millimetres (4.6 in) over the prior B7, which has allowed for increased rear seating legroom. Although the overall dimensions have increased, the kerb weight has dropped some 10%. The boot (trunk) has also increased to 480 litres (17 cu ft) for the saloon (sedan) version. The A4 Avant will have a maximum capacity of 1,430 litres with the rear seats folded down.

All variants of the engines offered on the B8 are now standardised to utilise Volkswagen Group's latest technology. All petrol engines use Fuel Stratified Injection (FSI), and all diesel engines use the common rail (with a pressure of 1,600 bars (160,000 kPa)) fuel delivery, with piezo injectors of their Turbocharged Direct Injection engines.

A long wheelbase version called the A4L was launched for the China market in November 2008 with a 60 mm (2.4 in) longer wheelbase and 50 mm (2.0 in) longer length.

In 2009, Audi announced the 7-speed dual-clutch S tronic transmission as option for A4 in UK and European markets.

The A4-based convertible model will not return. It is scheduled to be replaced by the A5/S5 Cabriolet.

B8 specifications
The luggage capacity measurements, measured using the VDA test method for the saloon are: 480 litres (17.0 cu ft) with the rear seats in the upright position, and 962 L (34.0 cu ft) with the seats folded flat. For the Avant: 490 L (17.3 cu ft) with the rear seats upright, and 1,430 L (50.5 cu ft) with the seats folded.

Kerb (curb) weight of the saloon variant ranges from 1,410 kilograms (3,109 lb) to 1,690 kg (3,726 lb), and for the Avant from 1,470 kg (3,241 lb) to 1,695 kg (3,737 lb) (all dependent on specification).

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