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It's not our normal practice to publish "teaser" stories, but given the importance of this particular car to our reader base here at Speed:Sport:Life, I'm going to break tradition a bit to let you know that we've just returned from the 2009 Audi A4 press preview at Infineon Raceway in sunny Sonoma, CA.
Upon our return from the 24 Hours of LeMons this weekend at Altamont, we'll have a complete and detailed drive report on the A4 early next week, including some amusing Tommy Kendall-style in-car, on-track video footage and an exclusive "walkaround" interview with Carter Balkcom, Audi's product manager.
In the meantime, we can set the record straight on one important point. If you've been worried that Audi would "ruin" the new A4 - that this all-new, considerably larger car has deviated away from the pattern that has made the A4 the most successful car in Audi's history - there's no need to worry. This one's a solid winner from stem to stern and we feel confident that it will be the clear market leader in its segment. Our time on the road and around the track revealed a sedan which is superbly satisfying in every regard, packing 95% of the comfort and space found in the A6 in a dynamic package which is far faster around a road course than its predecessor. For the rest of the story - including the "secret" combination of "Driver Select" settings which unlocks the possibility for maximum racetrack hoonage - come back Tuesday morning and read our full-length, full-detail article. See you there!