The New Year will see S line sports versions of the Audi A3, A4 and A6 making an even bolder statement of Vorsprung durch Technik through styling upgrades for the A3 and A6, specification improvements for the A4 and the introduction of new S line Special Edition models. All the newcomers in the now even more desirable Audi S line range are available to order now for delivery in early 2006.
Three-door A3 and five-door A3 Sportback S line models are now more visibly distinct from their standard, SE and Sport counterparts thanks to a unique S line front and rear bumper design, an S line-specific front grille and a rear roof spoiler. Previously available as an option for A3 S line models, the exterior styling upgrade is now a standard S line feature, along with 18-inch 5 Arm alloy wheels, S line badging, combination leather and Speed cloth upholstered sports seats and a perforated leather-trimmed S line sports steering wheel.
The new all-encompassing S line specification is available for all A3 and A3 Sportback Sport models, with the exception of 1.6 102PS petrol and 1.9 TDI 105PS versions, at an extra cost of £1,550 – a reduction of £450 compared with the original combined cost of the S line and S line exterior upgrade options. As a result, A3 S line prices now start at £19,730 OTR, rising to £26,690 OTR.
Taking the S line concept even further, new S line Special Edition versions of the responsive 200PS A3 and A3 Sportback 2.0 T FSI are also now available with either front-wheel-drive or quattro four-wheel-drive and a choice of manual transmission or the unique-in-class Direct Shift Gearbox (DSG). Priced from £21,795 OTR, the six S line Special Edition 2.0 T FSI models offer full Vienna leather upholstery in place of the regular part leather and Speed cloth S line combination, and in each case offer a customer saving of around £2,000 compared with an equivalent S line model with options specified separately.
S line specification for A4 Saloon and Avant models has not only been enhanced for the 2006 Model Year, but is also now available at a reduced price of £750 for all versions. A4 S line range prices now start at £19,950 OTR and rise to £29,565 OTR.
Visual impact has been boosted by an upgrade from 17-inch Parallel Twin Spoke to 18-inch 5-arm alloy wheels, which fit snugly in their arches thanks to the lowered S line sports suspension, and perfectly complement the S line body styling. Also included are Strato cloth-upholstered front sports seats with electric lumbar adjustment, a Concert II audio system with single CD, electric rear windows and a 3-spoke leather-rimmed S line steering wheel.
The acclaimed turbo charged 2.0-litre FSI petrol engine is also at the heart of the new A4 S line Special Edition, which is available as a front-wheel-drive Saloon or Avant model for £23,995 OTR and £25,145 OTR, or with quattro four-wheel-drive for £25,395 OTR and £26,545 OTR.
Powered by the upgraded 220PS version of the 2.0 T FSI engine first seen in the limited run A4 DTM Edition, and adopting its striking 18-inch 15-spoke alloy wheels, the A4 S line Special Edition has an even harder edge for keen drivers, yet is also more comfortable for passengers, thanks to the addition of Volterra leather upholstery. Distinguishing S line Special Edition features also include black exhaust tail pipes and ventilated cross-drilled front disc brakes.
From now on, drivers of A6 S line models will stand even further out from the crowd thanks to an exclusive new S line look that is now a standard feature included in the S line premium for Saloon and Avant models. Previously an option at an extra cost of £1,100, the S line styling upgrade now forms part of the new more comprehensive S line package available for four-cylinder models at £3,040, for V6 petrol and TDIs at £2,890 and for the 4.2 V8 quattro at £1,780. A6 S line range prices now start at £28,380 OTR, rising to £47,170 OTR.
The new S line exterior identifiers include a more sporting design for the front bumper, which also gains automatic headlamp washers, a unique S line front grille design inset with a discreet S line emblem and a special rear bumper treatment incorporating a body-coloured lower diffuser. 18-inch 5-arm alloy wheels, lowered S line sports suspension and S line insignias also mark out the most driver-oriented A6 models.
Inside, S line models gain front sports seats with electrically adjustable lumbar support, S line emblems embossed in the back rests and black ‘Speed’ cloth upholstery with leather side sections. These are complemented by S line decorative facia inlays in brushed aluminium, a three-spoke sports steering wheel trimmed in perforated leather and perforated leather covering for the gear knob. A black cloth headlining completes the look.