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Spied: 2016 Audi A4 Conquers Pikes Peak

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 6/24/2015 Kelly Pleskot

Now that Audi has tested the upcoming A4 Audi A4 Prototype Spotted in Germany" target="_blank">on German roads and on the unforgiving Nürburgring, it's time for the near-production-ready sedan to hit Pikes Peak for some high-altitude testing. Our colleague from Hot Rod recently spotted two camouflaged A4 sedans during the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb.

In these photos, the A4 looks quite similar to other prototypes we've seen recently. Compared to the 2015 A4, the headlights look a bit more upright, but it is clear that the car retains the same basic body shape as its predecessor. A number of modifications to the front bumper have also been made, an observation that becomes clear when looking at the non-camo'd A4s sitting nearby. MotorTrend Image© Provided by MotorTrend MotorTrend Image

Spied: 2016 Audi A4 Conquers Pikes Peak

Our photographer also peeked inside the cabin and saw a six-speed manual transmission, which is available on the current A4. Another interior shot gives more clues on what to expect, including possible metallic trim accents. While in operation, the cars sounded like they were powered by gasoline instead of diesel, the photographer noted.

Making your way successfully through the Pikes Peak course is no easy feat, as the climb has been known to destroy race cars with little ceremony. The Pikes Peak course starts at around 9,400 feet, and doesn't finish until you're 14,110 feet up at the top of the mountain. The race covers a total of 12.42 miles and includes 156 treacherous turns.

We've previously reported that the 2016 Audi A4 will ride on Volkswagen Group's new MLB Evo platform, which will underpin most of Audi's future lineup. The new architecture could shed 200-250 pounds off the new model compared to the current one. Expect the A4 to offer gas and diesel engines as well as a new plug-in hybrid variant. A version of the current model's 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-four and 3.0-liter supercharged V-6 are likely candidates.

Photo Credit: Phillip Thomas (Hot Rod Network)

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