What’s not to like about a car that does 0-60 in 5.6 seconds and has room for four adults? Stealth is an added bonus as the visual difference from the A4 is subtle.
Meaty 235/40YR-18 tires are wrapped around the eighteen-inch, six spoke, cast aluminum wheels.
Engine tweaks such as lighter pistons and connecting rods, variable intake valve timing, and a dual-mode intake manifold help boost the output of the 4.2-liter engine to 339 horsepower at 7000 rpm and 302 pound-feet of torque at 3500 rpm. That’s one horsepower more than a , in case you were wondering.
On the stopping side of the equation are vented discs all around, with a new dual-rate brake booster.
The rear decklid spoiler is discreet enough to believe it’s actually functional and still manages to look cool. 13.4 cubic feet of storage space lie inside the trunk.
Recaro seats with generous side bolsters, carbon-fiber trim, and S4 badges are the only differences from the already-excellent A4 interior.
A wide-ratio six-speed manual transmission passes the punch to a center differential equipped with Audi‘s usual Torsen limited-slip device. As long as all four wheels maintain grip, two-thirds of the torque is routed to the front wheels. A few months after the introduction, a six-speed Tiptronic manu-matic option with steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters will join the party.
Even with stability control off, the S4 holds chosen line without a whit of tail wag. Limit understeer eventually sets in, as with all front-heavy, front-drive biased cars.
The larger, more aggressive front grill gives the S4 a menacing look, while Xenon headlamps are standard.
Driving purists will still prefer the lighter, more nimble BMW M3, but the S4 offers similar performace with all-weather mobility and the convenience of four doors.
The speedy introduction of the new S4 brings with it hope that Audi might sell the even more powerful RS4 Stateside upon its release.