• Oct 2, 2008
Click above for a high-res gallery of the 2009 Audi S4

We were never particularly fond of the last generation Audi S4. With 4.2-liters of V8 hanging precariously over the front axle, it provided adequate thrust, but never delivered the dynamic thrills we used to associate with the twin-turbo'd V6 fitted to the B5 platform.

Apparently Audi agrees, and in a move to further differentiate its lineup – while also providing some competition to the all-conquering BMW 335i – it's fitted the new S4 with a supercharged 3.0-liter V6 putting out 333 hp and 325 lb-ft of torque. With a 0-60 time of 5.1 seconds and the Quattro all-wheel-drive system sending 60 percent of the power to the rear wheels, the 2009 Audi S4 is ready to do battle and we're truly looking forward to our time behind the wheel.

For all the details, check out our previous post on the 2009 Audi S4 and peruse our live gallery from the Paris Motor Show.




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      • 6 Years Ago
      Nice, very nice. Audi is on a roll!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Comparing looks:
      4 door 335i vs S4 - S4 wins
      2 door 335i vs S5 - 335i wins
        • 6 Years Ago
        have to disagree on the statement of the S5 vs 335... . I just picked up an S5 and let me say that it has the basic 3 series coupe platform beat. First off the S5 has better performance in accelleration, braking, and even skidpad performance. Although it does lose out to fuel mileage (but who cares when you have a sweet sounding and torque V8) and it also loses out on cost. I think it makes up for it though as the S5 looks like it costs more than a 3 series both inside, outside, and just about everywhere else. There is tremendous road presence with this car. I was driving next to an M3 yesterday that does admittedly have more performance than the S5, but the owner spent 90% of the time gawking at my car as though he made a mistake. BTW, I also have the last generation E46 in my garage so Im not biased.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Now that is Sexy! Do Want!
      • 6 Years Ago
      does this seem a bit slow to anyone?
        • 6 Years Ago
        that it does but Autoblog is incorrect with it's figures. Audi states 5.1 to 62mph (Europeans use the 100km measurement) which will be more like 4.8/4.9 converted to 60mph. That is plenty fast and one can be sure that there are still supercharger pulleys and ECU updates to be had from the aftermarket tuners to push it beyond 400bhp.
        • 6 Years Ago
        BMW said the 335i was a 0-60 in 5.5 and it achieved 4.8, so expect it to be conservative at best. Germans are normally pretty restrained on their accel numbers.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I love this car in a completely inappropriate way.
      • 6 Years Ago
      What exactly do they mean by supercharged? Is it purely engine-powered or is it a turbo-type (i.e. exhaust-powered) setup with help from the engine to get rid of the lag? Or something completely different?
        • 6 Years Ago
        Actually his question is completely valid. Turbo chargers used to be called Turbo-superchargers. The original super chargers were most gear driven on cars and airplanes. Later it was learned that exhaust gases could be used practically to power the supercharger.

        Only in "recent" history has it been shortened to turbo-charger and supercharger.

        From wikipedia:
        Early manufacturers of turbochargers referred to them as "turbosuperchargers". A supercharger is an air compressor used for forced induction of an engine. Logically then, adding a turbine to turn the supercharger would yield a "turbosupercharger". However, the term was soon shortened to "turbocharger". This is now a source of confusion, as the term "turbosupercharged" is sometimes used to refer to an engine that uses both a crankshaft-driven supercharger and an exhaust-driven turbocharger.

        Some companies such as Teledyne Continental Motors still use the term turbosupercharger in its original sense. For the purposes of this article, the more modern terms turbocharger and turbo are used.

        • 6 Years Ago
        No, unfortunately it's not a "Twin piston gas powered turbo charged ass hammer with scrotum cupping attachment"
        • 6 Years Ago
        ummm... supercharged means exactly that. Superchargers are belt driven forced induction systems. They provide boost with no lag, but they have more drive train loss as opposed to turbos.
        Supercharger's are smoother while Turbos are more powerful (generally speaking)
        • 6 Years Ago
        Belt-driven 4-lobe twin-screw compressor between the cylinder heads with intercoolers. Supercharged.

        Turbocharged is an exhaust driven turbine/compressor pairing, or two of them, and they are usually differentiated by using one word or the other.

        People don't usually refer to a turbocharged engine as being supercharged.

        The S4 is looking really good. 7 less horsepower, but more than 20 more lb-ft. of torque than the previous V8. V8s are nice, but so is forced induction.

        I am most interested in how well the new DSG application, and their electro-mechanical rear differential are going to work out.

        And the car does look good. Too bad it is so expensive compared to the Turbocharged AWD Legacy GT and Spec B, albeit being better equipped. The Legacy turbo models, with a bit of tuning, can equal the S4's power with two fewer cylinders, and a good turbocharger. Plus, the Legacy is probably noticeably lighter weight.
        • 6 Years Ago
        It still seems odd to me for Audi/VAG to use a non-turbo-assisted supercharger.
      • 6 Years Ago
      i saw a A5 on the road, damn thats one hot car. I agree that A5 has more presence than the 335i in terms of looks
      • 6 Years Ago
      As a former owner of 2 Audi B5's (twin turbo S4s), I must say I like the look and technology of this car.

      BUT, at $48k base it will just not be a huge success in the US. Two reasons: my current 335i can be had for $40k new with the sport package and a stick. I paid $38k for mine new in 2007. A $400 juicebox3 makes the 335i a 400hp monster and it is plug n play. Second: the non-tuner type can buy a 330hp G37 sedan from Infiniti for $32k.

      Nice car Audi, but about $10k more than it should be to be competitive.

      (please, don't rattle off all the bells and whistles for that price, I read the official release too).
      • 6 Years Ago
      What's that white drop-top to the left in picture #6???
        • 6 Years Ago
        I'm not sure, maybe an A5 Cabrio?

        But other than that, very nice indeed. Hopefully this will be a good wake-up call to BMW to make them focus on what they should (3-series and cars), rather than churn out garbage like the X1. The competition is catching up.
        • 6 Years Ago
        It shouldn't be the A5 Cabro...perhaps I'm mistaken, but I thought that wasn't going to be announced until early next year. Perhaps it is an A3 cabro. I'm just so eager to see the A5 cabro everything looks like it.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Looking at the picture in h-res, the licence plate on the car says "A3 1.8 TDI".
      • 6 Years Ago
      The new A4/S4 is looking really Hawt!! And so is the A1 sportback!! Well done Audi!!
      • 6 Years Ago
      2009 A3 cabrio would be my guess
        • 6 Years Ago
        woops - that was in reply to Jim above asking about the drop top in pic #6
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