• Nov 19, 2009
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When we drove the 2010 Audi S4, we praised the sedan's trick electronic rear differential for its ability to shuffle torque between the rear wheels to give the sensation, if not the exact effect, of oversteer. Unfortunately, our track time was spent in an e-diffless model, so we didn't get to fully exploit its potential around Infineon. However, hot-shoe Ignacio Perez did just that at Spain's Jarama circuit.

After the jump you can watch Perez putting the new S4 into full-on drifts around the track with one nervous front seat passenger and his camera-wielding companion in tow. Although getting the S4 sideways isn't too difficult (we did it a few times in the standard model), you can see in the video that speed drops off precipitously at corner the exit. Regardless, modern-day Audis are no longer relentlessly pushing, nose-heavy beasts and, what's more, Perez was wagging his tail in an S4 Avant, the five-door version we can't get in the States... dammit.



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      • 5 Years Ago
      but, will it blend?
      • 5 Years Ago
      That is not a drift. That is flicking the car sideways to lose traction until you slow down enough to regain traction. I don't believe that is powerslide, a powerslide requires the throttle to be pushed, all he did was counter to avoid a spin.
        • 5 Years Ago
        true true ....either way ..its just a slide lol

        and im not bashing the car ..or the driver ...still looks like alot of fun and some skilled driving and/or great car

        either way ..its not drifting
      • 5 Years Ago
      Brilliant car...too bad I can't afford it.
      Carlos
      • 5 Years Ago
      Anything can slide, drifting on the other hand this cannot.
      • 5 Years Ago
      @stretchsje
      i thought so too, but then you realize that there four people in the car. that adds substantial weight
      • 5 Years Ago
      If you wanted to drift, wouldn't you buy a RWD car? 335i?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Perhaps I should put this into simpler terms. Stop thinking JDM and D1 motorsports drifting.... people have been putting cars into drifts well before the Japanese made it into a sport. Ever hear of a 4 wheel opposite lock drift? Been around since there have been cars practically. Just because it's not D1 spec or other motorsports drifting doesn't mean it's not a drift. Hell I've put cars into controlled opposite lock drifts. People do it all the time and are not even in a drifting competition.

      In simple terms... All drifts are slides... but not all slides are drifts. Disregarding the term 'powerslide', sliding is unintentional and uncontrolled. Sliding is what people in downtown portland did down a hill a few years back when it snowed. Sliding is what happens when you lose control on ice or in the rain. Sliding is when you lose control of your car and go off the track sideways into the sand hopefully... instead of into the tires or a wall.

      A drift on the other hand.. is an intentional and controlled slide in a turn. You don't have to carry past the apex for it to be a drift. Hell you don't even need an apex... you can drift in a parking lot with no actual turns... you can go out on la playa in death valley and drift (ever seen those car commercials with the car in the desert completely sideways at full opposite lock kicking up all kinds of dust as it goes by... that's a drift. Ever watch the movie Cars??? The hudson hornet out on the dirt track... those were drifts). If you intentionally get ALL four wheels to break lose on entry on purpose in a controlled manor and carry it with any amount of opposite lock (or if you're impossibly good... no opposite lock at all) then you just did a drift. If you only swing the rear lose... it's not a drift... it's oversteer.

      Is it drifting in the strict terms of motorsports drifting? no. But it is still a drift.

      If you want to compare the video against motorsports drifting rules and regulations and style... then yes... he fails at drifting and he'd never win any competitions. But if you go by the basic definition, then yes... he drifted the car. Which is impressive for the new S4 because previously you could get the rear to slide out and perhaps the start of a drift but the AWD system would immediately reign it in and bring the rear right back into line.
      JDM Life
      • 5 Years Ago
      NO DRIFT.


      It was just sliding.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Audi really has come a long way. Try that in a bone stock B5 or B6 and understeer would plow you right off the track.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Best news I've heard all day
        • 5 Years Ago
        also notice how slow he's going after each drift, if the 2010 S4 could really drift he'd be going much faster at the exits.
      • 5 Years Ago
      This post should be titled "How to drive an S4 slowly." or "How to get laughed at on a track."
      • 5 Years Ago
      Saturday can't come soon enough... heading to the track before the snow hits! :-)

      Too bad I don't have an S4 to play around with...
      • 5 Years Ago
      That engines sounds really good, I am really digging this S4.
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