It’s out with the old and in with the new for the new Audi S4. The all-new model launched this week at the Frankfurt Motor Show and features a new turbocharged engine, improved handling, and beefed up technology. Yes, it maintains the Audi aesthetic of understated lines paired with awesome handling.
The sport focused S4 gets a more powerful, lighter, and fuel efficient engine in the form of the newly developed 3.0 TFSI V6 turbocharged engine. It gets 354 horsepower along with 368.8 pound-feet of torque, and a top speed of 155 mph. It’s paired to a new eight-speed tiptronic transmission that maximizes gear changing efficiency. It also does zero to 60 mph in an 4.7 seconds.
“At Audi, we have more than 20 years of expertise in developing our sporty S models. From day one, our formula for success has been a combination of outstanding quattro performance, restrained design, and state of the art drive train, suspension, and infotainment technology. The new S4 and S4 Avant impressively continue this sporty tradition,” says Professor Dr. Ulrich Hackenberg, Member of the Audi Board of Management for Technical Development.
The Audi standard of handling is met with the classic Quattro AWD and a self-locking center differential that varies the the torque split between front and rear axles with 60 percent in the rear and 40 in the front for standard driving and up to 70 percent in the front and up to 85 percent in the rear for however the road may go. The new model also gets a newly developed five-link suspension system on the front and rear axles that separates the length and width forces for more controlled cornering and handling. It also comes with straight-line stability.
The exterior of the S4 is classic Audi with a single frame grille, clean horizontal lines, and touches of matte grey paint and chrome. The cabin continues the understated design with black as the main color. Audi keeps the cabin fresh with seats that are a combination of pearl Nappa Leather and Alcantara and offered in a choice of ebony, grey, or red. There are also LED lights that outline the doors and center console for the passenger comfort.
The new technology in the S4 includes the MMI operating system that is controlled via voice commands, buttons on the steering wheel and on the center console. For drivers who really want to get snazzy though, there is an optional fully digital instrument panel that features all the center console controls on a giant high-resolution 12.3 inch screen.
The all-new S4 is expected to arrive stateside sometime in 2016, along with its sister model, the all-new A4.