Audi A4 On Location Venice-01

Here’s a on-location gallery of the 2016 Audi A4 B9 at the ongoing international media drive for the car in Venice, Italy. Well, not quite Venice proper, since it’d be quite impossible to putter around in a motorcar there, though it’s obvious quite a bit of principal photography took place on the island.

The drive proper runs on the mainland, northwards across the surrounding Veneto region, out from Mestre. Our man Danny Tan is there on the A4 drive, and you’ll be reading his views on the F30 BMW 3 Series and W205 Mercedes-Benz C-Class competitor soon.

The A4 in the photos is a 2.0 TFSI quattro, one of three petrol engine variants available. The 2.0 TFSI mill is offered in two output states of tune, on this one in its higher 252 hp and 370 Nm form. With quattro all-wheel drive and S tronic transmission in attendance, performance specs include a 0-100 km/h time of 5.8 seconds and an electronically-limited 250 km/h.

The 2.0 litre engine is also available in TFSI ultra form, with 190 hp and 320 Nm on tap, and paired with an S tronic gearbox, performance numbers are 7.3 seconds for the century sprint and a 240 km/h top speed. The third petrol unit is a 1.4 TFSI, with 150 hp and 250 Nm of twist. Performance numbers include a 0-100 km/h time of 8.9 seconds and 210 km/h top whack.

Four TDI diesel units bring the total engine count for the car to seven, and A4 Avant estate buyers will also get a further option in the form of a 2.0 TFSI g-tron model, which runs on compressed natural gas.

Transmission choices across the range are made up of a six-speed manual, S tronic seven-speed dual-clutch or a eight-speed tiptronic gearbox, the last only for the 3.0 litre TDI model. No multitronic CVT from the outgoing B8 to be found – the unit has been dropped from the drivetrain range.

Plenty of new to be found on the fifth-gen A4, which is underpinned by the MLB Evo platform, from newly-developed continuous damping control (CDC) shock absorbers with electromagnetically-controlled valves to an electromechanical power steering system that is lighter and much more responsive than that of the B8s.

Options aplenty in fitment too, with no less than 15 exterior colours and wide range of wheel sizes (from 16- to 19-inches) available for the car. Inside, available kit includes the marque’s 12.3-inch virtual cockpit and an 8.3-inch tablet-style display for the MMI system with optional MMI Navigation plus and MMI touch in tow.

Other optional goodies include a Bang & Olufsen audio system with 3D sound technology and Audi tablets for the rear seat entertainment, as well as Qi wireless charging facilities for smartphones. There’s plenty more, all detailed comprehensively in our initial report on the A4 B9.