MHH takes a look at the New Audi S4, the fastest A4 in the range.
The impressively refined Audi A4 has now been joined by the S4 model, currently the fastest version in the A4 range. It will hold that position until it is challenged next year by the blistering ‘RS’ designated high performance car.
Previously powered by a supercharged 3.0L V6, this latest model has taken a leap into the modern age of engines and is now driven by an entirely new and more efficient direct-injected V6, this time with turbo-charging. Performance is now boosted to 349bhp (354PS) whilst pulling a mighty 369lb/ft (500NM) of torque.
Needless to say, Audi's quattro four-wheel drive system comes as standard offering improved grip on all road surfaces. The S4 also benefits from lowered sports suspension and a smooth and simply brilliant eight-speed automatic gearbox. As is usual with Audi cars, drivers can select from various drive modes and, when the mood takes them, switch to the steering-wheel mounted paddles for extra driver satisfaction.
The lower gears have short, sporty ratios whilst the upper gears are long to reduce revs and improve fuel consumption. At speeds between 55-160km/h (34-99mph) when the driver releases the accelerator pedal the transmission switches over to an efficient free-wheeling mode.
As ever with the A4 range the looks are understated and the S4 does not shout about its performance credentials. Discreet badges describe what's under the bonnet and are further hinted at by a unique front fascia, new side skirts and a rear bumper punctuated by the four matte chrome tailpipes. Finally, the S4 grille is finished in matte black and the whole thing sits on 18” alloy wheels. There is good reason to suspect that the Audi S4, whilst fulfilling its everyday duties, will be an agile and fun-to-drive experience.
As Good Inside As Out
As you would expect from this prestige German brand this car comes with full Nappa leather / Alcantara trimmed seats and the luxury interior is a match for the sleek exterior. Buyers can instead choose the 'S' sports seats which have integrated head restraints, adjustable lateral support and even a massage function.
There's a ten-speaker audio set-up and the company's now legendary MMI infotainment system actioned via the 8.3” touchscreen. Customers can opt for the superb and user-friendly Virtual Cockpit screen: surely a must-have.
With ample room for 4/5 adults in the cabin, the well-shaped boot has plenty of space for luggage and, usefully, a low access lip for ease of loading. It goes without saying that the boot lid (or tailgate in the case of the Avant version) is powered driven. The Audi A4 is good at what it does. The S4 takes this a stage further with its state-of-the-art engineering, a brilliant interior, a top-shelf technology package, and the ability to consume the miles effortlessly and with considerable aplomb.