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Audi A4

by Bill Maloney

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New Audi A4 V-6 has 30 Valves. 30, Count 'em

Like all Audis, the new A4 sedan is built like a tank, has impressive performance from its 190 hp V6 2.8 motor--which features five valves per cylinder. The base price of the semi-luxury sedan is $28,120; as tested with sunroof, quattro all-wheel drive system, sport wheels, trip computer, and an all weather package, it rolls over the curb at $33,150.

New for 1998 from Audi for the A4 are: optional five-speed trans with tiptronic; ABS 5.3 replaces 5.0; new 8 spoke alloy wheels and new 205/60 all-season tires; clutch interlock for manual transmissions; standard seat mounted front side airbags; red taillight lenses with amber shine through light bulbs, 4-position adjustable intermittent windshield wipers; active door reflectors in all four doors; optional remote locking controls incorporated into folding ignition key; revised instrument cluster with automatic illumination controls; new sport steering wheel; revised center arm rest; and ambient temperature gauge standard on A4 1.8

Specifications

wheelbase	102.6 in
Length            178 in
Height             68 in
Fuel tank        16.4 gals
curb weight      3318 lbs

Performance

0-50              5.3 sec
0-60              7.1
Top speed         130 mph

Fuel economy

city               20 mpg
hway               29