Audi A4 Avant G-tron
“With so much drama in the ING, it’s kinda hard bein’ R-U-P-E-R-T.” So spoke Audi CEO Rupert Stadler at the 2015 Frankfurt auto show. OK, so he didn’t say that—we can only wish that Stadler had taken the stage to do his best impression of Snoop. Instead, the only G-funk we were treated to at Frankfurt came in the form of Audi’s George Clinton–sample-free A4 Avant g-tron, due for sale in 2016.
Part of Audi’s new A4 lineup, the Avant g-tron can be run for up to 311 miles on natural gas. When the 41.9-pound-capacity CNG tanks get down to under 1.3 pounds of fuel, the g-thang changes up its fueling style to continue its roll using gasoline for its 2.0 TFSI engine, giving the wagon an additional 280 miles of claimed range.
We won’t see the g-tron in the U.S., owing to the general lack of Stateside g-tronitude and the fact that the A4 g-tron comes only in wagon form, and there is no g-tron Allroad to whet Yankee appetites for pseudo utes. Germans, however, can look forward to making use of Audi’s e-gas card, which allows customers to fill up with regular natural gas and then pings Audi’s new synthetic methane plant to introduce the equivalent amount of synthetically produced methane into Germany’s web of natural-gas piping, keeping the g-tron’s powerplant carbon-neutral.
With the 168-hp natural-gas Avant, Audi’s showing the world it knows a thing or two about regulating, as God and the late Nate Dogg intended. You just know that somewhere on the mean streets of Frankfurt, Stadler poured out 1.2 liters of Bitburger in his honor.
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