The perfect place to test an Audi at high altitude

The perfect place to test an Audi at high altitude

The perfect testing place for a luxury car company that is 100% committed to seeing how its prototype performs at altitude has been found by Audi. This place is Pikes Peak in the US and the car being put through its paces is an A4 prototype. This new generation of Audi's popular model has been seen out and about on several previous occasions; however, this time it has a sharper look and some subtle design tweaks.

The A4 is more evolutionary than revolutionary and Audi is probably working on the adage 'If it's not broke, don't fix it'. In the front we can see that the headlamps are narrower and the grille has a new single-frame design, and at the back there is a built-in lip spoiler on the boot; all in all, these are very minor design changes.

What is more interesting, however, is that this model looks likely to share parent company Volkswagen's MLBevo flexible architecture and will shed a few kilos with the extensive use of aluminium in its construction.

For the US market the base engine of this car will probably be the turbo-four 2.0-litre engine, which has a torque of 236 lb-ft and produces 190hp. As the A4 flies around at high altitude, Audi looks to be covering all conditions of use for its customers. This car will make its debut in Frankfurt in the autumn; after this, you can expect some high-performance spin-offs, which have also been seen undergoing road tests.