From 0 to 100 km/h in 4.7 seconds with a fuel consumption figure of 7.3 liters of fuel per 100 km, the new Audi S4 and the new Audi S4 Avant are advancing to the peak of the competitive field with performance and exemplary efficiency. Its newly developed turbo V6 engine outputs 354 hp. New solutions in networking and assistance systems round out its features.
The appearance of the new S4 models is sporty but not ostentatious, thanks to distinctive contours on the bumper, air inlets and side sills, along with many addon parts that are painted in graduated tones of matt gray. Additionally, aluminum inlays accentuate its design, and the exterior mirror housings get that aluminum look as well. The rear bumper integrates a black honeycomb grille, aluminum diffuser trim and four tailpipes.
The new Audi S4 and S4 Avant take up a functional and refined interior. Attributes comprise of the horizontal lines of the instrument panel with its wide band of air vents and S4 Sedan’s 480 liters of luggage volume and S4 Avant’s boot capacity of 505 to 1,510 liters, depending on the positions of the rear seat backrests.
In addition, the optional S sport seats have integrated head restraints, adjustable lateral supports and a pneumatic massage function. The standard seat upholstery is fine Nappa leather in the colors black, rotor gray or magma red with diamond pattern, contrasting stitching and an S badge. The color black dominates in the interior, which is set off by contrasting inlays made of matt brushed aluminum. Furthermore, a new top highlight is the optional Audi virtual cockpit that displays all key information digitally and in detailed graphics on its 12.3-inch screen. In the new MMI operating system, the flat menu structure is based on that of today’s smartphones, including intelligent free-text search. User operation is possible from the multifunction steering or by voice.
The powerplant of the two new S models from Audi is a newly conceptualized 3.0 TFSI engine. The direct gasoline injection engine with turbocharging has an output of 354 hp and produces a hefty torque of 500 Nm from 1,370 to 4,500 rpm. In terms of power and torque, it surpasses the previous model while achieving considerably lower figures in weight and fuel consumption. The turbo V6 engine accelerates the Audi S4 from 0 to 100 km/h in 4.7 seconds, and on up to an electronically governed top speed of 250 km/h. The standard sprint takes two tenths of a second longer in the S4 Avant. Both S4 variants are paired to an eight-speed tiptronic.
The quattro permanent all-wheel drive makes a large contribution to the sporty handling of the S4 and S4 Avant cars. In normal driving, it distributes engine forces with a slight emphasis of the rear wheels, if necessary the majority of forces can be directed to the axle with better traction. Torque vectoring optimizes handling and stability in fast cornering with minimal brake interventions. An optional sport differential setup is also applicable to distributes torque between the rear wheels.
The five-link front and rear suspensions enable significant comfort gains with emphatically sporty response. An alternative to electromechanical power steering is dynamic steering which varies its steering gear ratio according to the driving speed. 18-inch wheels with size 245/40 tyres are standard for the S models, however 19-inch wheels are valid as an option by Audi Sport. The front brakes have internally-vented discs that are 350 mm (13.8 in) in diameter, and the brakes are gripped by black (or optionally red) painted six-piston fixed calipers with S lettering.
Lowered ride height by 23 mm compared to the A4 base model enables a more effective handling on the S4/S4 Avant. The same height applies to the optional chassis with damper control. The Audi drive select handling system integrates what is referred to as CDC (continuous damping control) dampers along with the engine, steering, tiptronic and optionalsport differential. This lets the driver control the characteristics of the engine and chassis over several modes.
Finally, the new Audi S models are right at the forefront in their class with a broad array of driver assistance systems. The systems come from the full-size class; their intelligent interplay represents the next step toward piloted driving.
The new S4 models from Audi roll out to the European market in second half of the year. The price for the S4 Sedan is 59,300 euros and the S4 Avant is available starting at 61,150 euros.