Back in the 90s, Audi had a decision to make. It was time to retire the Audi 80 so work began on a new model as its successor. The new compact executive vehicle that would take its place was finally unveiled in 1994, it would be the first of at least five generations still in production today. It was a long process that began with sketches and development plans in 1988. Imre Hasanic was chosen to provide the exterior design in 1992 and the interior had been finalized and approved in 1992. Audi is a German automaker that is a subsidiary of Volkswagen . Group. The A4 model was inspired by Volkswagen’s GroupB platform. It is worth noting that all Audi A4 vehicles have retained the internal numbering that begins where the A80 left off with a clear distinction that it is a continuation of the line in their DNA.
The first generation: 1994-2001
The Audi A4, known at the plant for the Type 8D, was first unveiled to the world in October 1994 with a teaser reveal that let everyone know what was to come within the next calendar year. Plant production began in November 1994 and by the following January, models were available for purchase on showroom floors in Europe and sales in North America began in September 1995 for the 1996 model. .
The new compact executive car featured front-wheel drive and a front-mounted longitudinal engine. Several variants of the A4 were produced throughout its history, but the first version of the A4 as a four-door sedan. In February 1996, Audi offered the A4 in the Avant wagon format.
European markets had a wide range of engine options, including 1.6 and 2.8 liter petrol engines and a 1.9 liter diesel engine featuring Volkswagen’s VE technology. For the North American market, only a 2.8-liter engine was offered in a V-6 until 1997, when changes were to come.
First generation racing
The Adi A4 was also modified with a special 1.8-liter 20V engine with five valves per cylinder taken from its version of a Supertouring race car. It was a turbocharged edition that produced 148 hp along with 155 pound-feet of torque with a later upgrade to the engine that increased engine power to 176 hp and 173 pound-feet of torque. Engine upgrades continued with a 2.8-liter V6 offering 190hp with a new engine that downsized the previous edition to a 2.6-liter 150hp engine that managed to increase plant power to 163hp.
A facelift in 1998-99
The first generation of the Audi A4 ended up with a new look on the A4 B5 that made minor alterations in its seven years of existence. In particular, the old 2.8-liter 30-valve engine was replaced by a new version in 12-valve format. They also offered a 2.5-liter turbocharged direct injection V6 diesel engine that could be paired with an available six-speed manual transmission. They also received some minor changes to the interior and exterior, such as new door handles, headlights, and taillights.
Second generation: 2001-2006
The second generation made its debut on October 10, 2000 under the design influence of Peter Schreyer, who had been working from 1996 to 1998 for the second generation of the A4. Audi saw fit to make some power improvements. Two more versions of the 1.8-liter, 20-valve turbo were available in a choice of 148 bhp and 178 bhp and a six-speed manual transmission. The 2.8-liter V-6 was replaced by a 2.0-liter and an aluminum-alloy 3.0-liter that was rated at 217 bhp with 221 pound-feet of torque and the 1.9 turbocharged direct injection engine was also updated. The new generation also received a new anti-lock braking system with brake assist and electronic brake force distribution, which became the new standard together with a rear dynamic torque distribution system.
In June 2001, the new Avant was introduced for the 2002 model year. Power improvements were made and an A4 Cabriolet convertible variant labeled Typ 8H was also introduced to replace the previous 80 version of the Cabriolet.
Third generation: 2004-2009
At the end of 2004, the new third-generation Audi A4 was presented. It came out with revisions to suspension geometry, steering setup, and had a range of new internal combustion engines. Equipped with standard navigation systems and electronics for the chassis along with a new set …