2009 Audi A4 Avant: Leaving the Line
December 03, 2009
When leaving a signal or a stop sign in our long-term 2009 Audi A4, things don't happen instantaneously.
First, the intial tip-in response of the throttle is too soft. Then the revs climb high and hold as the torque converter tries to let the engine build boost. It makes for dignified, though not particularly hasty, departures.
Once you're underway and the torque converter is fully locked up, there's ample sauce underfoot.
This throttle lag/softness has me two-pedaling the Audi as I approach empty four-way stop intersections. Left foot brake as a stop sign approaches, and apply throttle just before it reaches a standstill.
I suppose a partial solution to this minor irritation is the 'Dynamic' mode of the Drive Select system found on our longterm S5.
Jason Kavanagh, Engineering Editor