Audi has revealed its S4 sedan as a performance variant of the A4 seen for the first time at the end of June this year. The S4 will be lighter and more powerful than the standard A4 despite having a bigger engine and the famous Audi Quattro drivetrain.
The new S4 will feature a turbocharged 3,0-litre V6 that delivers 260 kW and 500 N.m of torque to all four wheels with the help of an eight-speed tiptronic transmission allowing it to reach a claimed 0-100 km/h time of 4,7 seconds and will carry on to 250 km/h at which it has been limited. The S4 also has an NEDC based average fuel economy of 7,4 l/100 km, while delivering 170 grams of CO2 per kilometer.
Torque distribution will be split 60:40 in favour of the rear wheels when the car is under its normal driving mode but thanks to its wheel-selective torque control the S4 is able to achieve a maximum of 75% distribution to the front wheels or 80% to the rear. A variable speed-dependent dynamic steering will also be made available as an option.
A five-link suspension has been used on the front and rear axles in order to optimise the handling for different terrains. The S4’s suspension will make it 23 millimeters lower than the standard model and features Audi’s CDC dampers (continuous damping control) as standard issue.
In terms of interior and exterior appearance there are very subtle differences between the A4 and S4. The S4 has been provided with a collection of sporty and aerodynamic trimmings as well as a set of 18-inch wheels with a five, twin-spoke star design as standard or a 19-inch option from Quattro GmbH. The virtual cockpit instrument cluster as seen in the Audi TT will also be available as an option.
Expect local introduction towards the second quarter of next year.