Standard Features
Technical: • 2.8 liter DOHC 5-valve 190 hp V6 engine with variable intake valve timing and intake manifold path
• "quattro IV" - permanent all-wheel drive system, includes TORSEN torque sensing center differential; front and rear electronic differential locks (EDL) (standard on Avant models)
• Anti-lock brake system (ABS 5.3) with electronic differential lock (EDL) and electronic rear brake pressure regulation
• CFC-free air conditioning refrigerant
• Fully galvanized steel unibody construction with aluminum hood
Wheels / Tires / Suspension / Steering: • 205/55 16 all season tires (2.8 models)
• 7j x 16 5 spoke cast light alloy wheel (2.8 models)
• Four link front suspension
• Torsion beam trailing arm rear axle with under floor coil springs
• Double A-arm rear suspension
• Tilt and telescopic (manual) adjustable steering column
• Rack and pinion power steering
Exterior: • 5 mph (Federal standard) bumpers, painted in body color (2.5 mph Avant rear)
• Retractable high pressure headlight washers
• Protective side moldings, painted in body color
• Bright trim around side windows (2.8 models)
• Roof rails with bright finish
• Roof mounted tri-band antenna
• Body color outside mirror; left side flat, right side convex
• Heatable windshield washer nozzles
Exterior lighting: • Aerodynamic 3-way headlight assembly with VF (variable focus) reflectors, including integrated ellipsoid low beam and fog lights
• One rear fog light in left rear light
• Side turn indicator lights in front fenders with amber shine-through bulbs
Comfort and Convenience: • Fully automatic climate control with sun intensity control
• Pollen and dust filter
• Power windows with: "one touch down" for all four windows; "pinch protection" for all four windows; "one touch up" for front windows; driver controlled lock out switch for rear power windows
• Electronic cruise control with coast, resume and speed up features
• Electrically adjustable and heated outside mirrors
• Electric rear window defogger with automatic timed shut off feature
• Power central locking system (doors, deck lid, and fuel door), with selective unlock (enables unlocking of a single door or all doors), plus: Convenience close feature for windows and sunroof; master switch located in driver and front passenger door; convenient open for windows.
• Remote rear deck lid release button located in driver's door
• Electric outside mirrors with defog feature
• Right and left illuminated vanity mirrors in sunvisors
• 4 assist handles for entry and exit
• Rear deck lid release with "soft touch" open
• Interior lights in front and rear headliner with fade-in and fade-out feature, time delay and automatic switch on when key is withdrawn from ignition
• Illuminated glove box, rear cargo area, lighter and ashtrays
• Ignition key with internal key profile and integral light
• Retained accessory power; allows operation of power windows and sunroof after the ignition is turned off/before a door is opened
• Front and rear reading lights located in headliner
Seating: • 8-way power driver seat with lumbar adjustment
• Front passenger seat with height and lumbar adjustment
• Front seat back map pockets
• 60/40 split fold rear seats with individual locks
• Head restraints, solid type for front and rear outer seating positions
• Rear head restraints partially retractable into rear seat
• Center rear head restraint
Interior: • Leatherette seat upholstery
• Front and rear all season floor mats
• Matching upholstery on front center armrest and door panel inserts
• Wood trim on dashboard and door panel interior beltline
• Leather wrapped 4-spoke steering wheel
• Leather covered transmission shift knob
• Clam shell front armrest, folding and height adjustable
• Third, middle sunvisor above rearview mirror
• Full length center console with: storage tray and rear ashtray; fold out cupholders; adjustable rear passenger air vents
• Fold down rear center armrest
• First Aid kit in rear center armrest
• Four tie-down eyelet's with luggage net in trunk
• Expandable storage/ski sack in center or rear seat back
• Retractable rear luggage cover, removable
Instrumentation and Electrical Equipment: • Backlit instrument cluster with automatic brightness control; including: red illumination, electronic speedometer; tachometer, coolant gauge, voltmeter; outside temperature display for all models; service interval indicator, various warning lights; brake warning light, analogue clock
• Mini-check system in instrument cluster with: low fuel warning light; seat belt warning light; oil pressure warning light
• Windshield wipers with 4-position adjustable intermittent interval rate
• Rear window wiper
• Anti-theft alarm system with blinking theft deterrent light and interior monitoring sensors and defeat switch for interior monitoring
• Concert AM/FM cassette radio with: RDS (Radio display system displays radio station call letters and other information); GALA (Graduated Audio Level Adjustment, varies volume based on vehicle speed); CD changer operation capability
• 120 watt with subwoofer
• 8-speaker sound system with active rear speakers
• Pre-wiring for Motorola hands-free telephone (includes speaker, microphone and transceiver mounting bracket)
• 6-disc CD changer
Safety: • Driver and front passenger next generation airbags with dual threshold deployment and occupant detection
• Driver and front passenger seat mounted side airbag supplemental restraints
• Front 3-point safety belts with automatic pretensioning and height adjustable upper mounts
• Rear outer seat belts with automatic pretensioners and angle adjustment
• Rear center 3-point seat belt with automatic pretensioner
• Front passenger side, and rear safety belts with ALR (automatic retractor lock, a ratcheting mechanism for conveniently securing a child seats)
• Central locking system with safety unlock feature (unlocks doors and turns on interior lights if airbag deploys)
• Active reflectors in rear of all doors
• Emergency warning triangle located in trunk
2.8 Avant
Engine/Engine Design
•V6 90 degree, gasoline
•3.25 in. (82.5 mm)
•3.40 in. (86.4 mm)
•2.8 liters - 169 cu. in.
Compression Ratio:
Horsepower (SAE Net):
•190 @ 6000 RPM
•207 ft. lbs.@ 3200 RPM
Cylinder block:
•Cast Iron
•Forged Steel, 4 main bearings
Cylinder head:
•Aluminum alloy
Valve Train:
•DOHC, belt driven, hydraulic lifters / variable intake valve timing and variable geometry composite intake manifold
Firing Order:
Cooling System:
•Water-cooled, thermostatically controlled radiator fan
Fuel/Ignition System:
•Electronic multi-point sequential fuel injection, hot film air mass sensor, solid state direct ignition with multiple coils, dual knock sensors w/cylinder selective knock control and fully adaptive controls.
Emission System:
•Dual 3-way catalytic converters w/individual oxygen sensors
•Fwd or quattro all-wheel drive
•Five-speed automatic with Tiptronic and automatic shift lock
Gear Ratios:

Final Drive

•Rack & pinion, servotronic - variable power assist
Turns (lock-to-lock):
Turning circle (curb-to-curb):
•36.4ft. (11.1 m)
•Four link with upper and lower control arms, stabilizer bar, coil spring/shock absorber (gas charged)
Rear (quattro):
•Double control arm (upper and lower), stabilizer bar, coil spring/shock absorbers (gas charged)
Service brake:
•Anti-lock brake system (ABS 5.3), vacuum power assist, with asbestos-free linings, dual diagonal circuits and electronic rear brake pressure proportioning
Front, size and type:
•10.9 in. (276 mm) - Ventilated disc
Rear, size and type:
•9.6 in. (245 mm) - Solid disc
Wheels & Tires
Wheel size:
•7j x 16 inch cast alloy; five spoke design (7J x 16, Cast aluminum alloy; seven spoke design optional)
Tire size:
•225/50 R 16 H speed rated all-season radial (205/55 R 16 ZR or WR speed rated high performance radial optional)
•Fully galvanized (both sides) steel
Corrosion protection:
•Multi-step anti-corrosion process
Engine Oil:
•5.3 U.S. quarts (5 liter)
Fuel Tank:
•15.6 U.S. gallons
Cooling System:
•6.9 U.S. quarts
Exterior Dimensions
•102.6 in.
Front Track:
•58.9. (1498 mm)
Rear Track:
•58.1 in. (1477 mm)
Overall length:
•176.7 in. (4487 mm)
Overall Width:
•68.2 in. (1733 mm)
Height (unloaded):
•56.7 in. (1440 mm)
Ground Clearance:
•4.3 in. (110 mm)
Curb Weight (quattro/manual):
•3594 lbs. (1585 kg)
Interior Dimensions
Seating Capacity:
Front Leg room:
•41.3 (1049 mm)
Rear Leg room:
•33.4 in. (848 mm)
Interior Volume Front:
•49.7 cu. ft
Interior Volume Rear:
•39.0 cu. ft
Luggage capacity:
•31.0 cu. ft
0-50 mph (0-80 kmh):
•6.7 sec.
0-60 mph (0-100 kmh):
•8.9 sec.
1/4 Mile:
•16.7 sec.
Top estimated speed:
•130 mph (203 kmh) - Electronically limited for North America
Fuel Economy
•19 mpg
•27 mpg auto
•21 mpg