Powered by a debored version of Audi's 30-valve V6 and twin turbochargers and intercoolers, the S4 whips up 250 hp at 5800 rpm and 258 lb-ft of torque at 1850 rpm. The six speed manual transmission or the optional Tiptronic manumatic sends the power to all four wheels thought the quattro system. Acceleration is exhilarating, 0-60 and 1/4 mile times are practically identical to the BMW M3 and top speed is 3 mph better. The S4 benefits from an excellent ride, good ergonomics, a long list of features, an excellent design, inside and out plus it has one extra gear over any of its competitors. While the six-speed doesn't shift as precisely as the M3's gearbox, it still, nonetheless, a feature not found on that car.
Bridgestone Potenza RE040 225/45YR-17 tires are hooked up to 17 inch rims and vented disc brakes both up front and in the back. The tires, however, lack the ZR rating of its competitors (M3, C43, 9-3 Viggen) and don't have enough lateral grip. In return, braking and handling are either mid-pack or slightly below average. The S4's 0.83 g on the skidpad, 169 ft stopping distance from 70 mph and 62.2 mph speed through the emergency lane change maneuver (a test performed by C/D) are slightly below the standards, despite the excellent traction provided by the 4wd system, set by its two main competitors, the BMW M3 and Mercedes C43 AMG.
The S4 experiences minimal body roll, however, provides an unsurpassed ride in its category and is usually able to keep up with its competitors at the track. To tell it apart from any run of the mill A4, look for the larger 17 inch alloy wheels and the six air intakes in the front bumper. - by Traian Popescu
|Base Price, USD||39,000||Engine Type||twin-turbo dohc V6|
|Powertrain Layout||Front engine, AWD||Displacement, cc||2671|
|Curb Weight, lb||3618||0-60 mph, sec||5.5|
|1/4 mile, sec@firstname.lastname@example.org||600 ft slalom, mph||-|
|70-0 / 60-0 mph, ft||169/118||Top speed, mph||143