The 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine is now paired to a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission instead of a CVT like the 2016 model, while the combustion method was also revised, bringing the compression ratio from 9.6:1 to 11.7:1.
That results in less fuel used but also less power, with the 2.0-liter engine now making 190 horsepower and 236 lb-ft of torque, a drop of 30 hp and 22 lb-ft of torque compared to the previous model. The result is a 0 to 60 mph sprint that happens in 7.1 seconds, a distance that was covered by the 2016 model in 6.6 seconds.
While the drop in performance is noticeable, so is the jump in fuel economy, with the 2017 model gaining 6 mpg on the highway and 3 in the city.
Audi says that the A4 Ultra will be available with the brand’s latest technology including the MMI infotainment system, Audi virtual cockpit and Audi Connect. Audi’s suite of safety features will also be available with the car.
Best of all, Audi has announced that the A4 Ultra will start at $35,850, a full $1,000 less than the 2016 A4.
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