Today, on November 21, the German automaker begins accepting orders for the Audi A4 Avant 40 g-tron wagon and the Audi A5 Sportback 40 g-tron four-door coupe. The company claims that natural gas models combine environmental friendliness with cost-effectiveness.
In Germany, the base price of the Audi A4 Avant 40 g-tron starts at €43,200. The Audi A5 Sportback 40 g-tron starts at €45,100.
For comparison: the minimum cost of a gasoline A4 Avant is €35,250, the A5 Sportback’s – €42,900. In the first case, as you can see, the difference is very noticeable.
Audi has equipped the both with a new 2.0-liter 170-hp TFSI engine modified for natural gas. The top torque is 199 lb-ft (270 Nm) achieved already at 1,650 rpm. The S tronic automatic transmission comes standard.
Acceleration from 0 to 62 mph (100 km/h) takes 8.4 seconds – not much, but is offset by efficiency. By the way, the maximum speed is quite decent – 137 mph (221 km/h).
In the combined cycle, fuel consumption is about 58.8 mph (4.0 l/ 100 km). CO2 emissions are between 113–105 g/km.
Four lightweight cylindrical natural gas tanks can receive a total of 38 lb (17.3 kg) of natural gas at 200 Bar.
A number of manufacturers produce vehicles with factory gas installations today, Skoda, for example. However, they are made only by Audi in the premium segment.
The company’s lineup also includes the Audi A3 Sportback g-tron priced at €30,600 with gas consumption of 67.2 mph (3.5 l/100 km).