2013 Audi S4

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Engine Engine 3.0LV-6
MPG MPG 17 City / 26 Hwy
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2013 S4 Overview

A Standalone Sleeper Sport Sedan That Still Keeps Us Awake At Night The always-bustling Audi stand at next month's Detroit Auto Show figures to be cluttered with a full range of eighth-generation A4 models, all of which arrive in the States sometime between June and July. The line's real marquee model is, of course, the RS4, but that Rennsport ingredient will not be seen on the stand in Cobo just yet. (So let's change that to almost full range, and some sources are saying that there will not even be an RS4 this go-round.) The sauciest A4 present will be this model, the new S4, considered by many – this reviewer included – to be the real gem of the range, especially in comparison to the seriously costly RS4. It's best to call this the "latest" S4, because it is definitely not all-new. However, it does partake of the mid-cycle changes to the "B8" eighth-generation, some of which we recently addressed in a first drive of the A4 and A4 Allroad Quattro. For now, though, we really don't need big changes – we'll be happy if the S4 remains our lower-volume secret. Aesthetically speaking, the S4 plays off the changes we saw in the A4. The hood is curved more to add presence, the whole face looks stronger and wider due to accentuation of the horizontal lines and the addition of larger intakes at the bottom corners. The standard-fit bi-xenon lights are new, as are the fog lamps in those redesigned lower intakes. The S4's now signature single-frame grille receives the folded upper corners like the rest of the range, adding a bit of visual edge. Overall, the S4 doesn't shout about its performance credentials, it's much more muted than something one might expect from the performance arms of other German automakers. Still brandishing 329 horsepower between 5,500 and 6,500 rpm and 325 pound-feet of torque from 2,900 to 5,300 rpm, the S4's 3.0-liter supercharged and direct-injected V6 has been a big crowd pleaser ever since it started showing up in hotter Audis (and other VW Group products) a few years back. 0 to 60 estimates remain at 4.9 seconds, though we've seen 4.7 seconds out of the departing model. And, of course, rather than electronically limiting this hotter A4 to the usual 130 mph, the S4 receives a 155-mph v-max. While the Audi Quattro GmbH folks have warned us to prepare ourselves for a vastly improved track experience with all upcoming RS models, they tend to believe that this S4 is one of the finest sport sedans for the street. Over the course of many miles we drove on coastal Portuguese roads in a mambo red six-speed manual example [The example seen in our gallery has the optional seven-speed S tronic - forgive the momentary lapse into inconsistency.], it was reaffirmed that Audi has it right. Attacking squirrelly country two-lanes, the S4 shines as a special everyday driver that could make a much costlier RS4 unnecessary for many – …
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2013 S4 Overview

A Standalone Sleeper Sport Sedan That Still Keeps Us Awake At Night The always-bustling Audi stand at next month's Detroit Auto Show figures to be cluttered with a full range of eighth-generation A4 models, all of which arrive in the States sometime between June and July. The line's real marquee model is, of course, the RS4, but that Rennsport ingredient will not be seen on the stand in Cobo just yet. (So let's change that to almost full range, and some sources are saying that there will not even be an RS4 this go-round.) The sauciest A4 present will be this model, the new S4, considered by many – this reviewer included – to be the real gem of the range, especially in comparison to the seriously costly RS4. It's best to call this the "latest" S4, because it is definitely not all-new. However, it does partake of the mid-cycle changes to the "B8" eighth-generation, some of which we recently addressed in a first drive of the A4 and A4 Allroad Quattro. For now, though, we really don't need big changes – we'll be happy if the S4 remains our lower-volume secret. Aesthetically speaking, the S4 plays off the changes we saw in the A4. The hood is curved more to add presence, the whole face looks stronger and wider due to accentuation of the horizontal lines and the addition of larger intakes at the bottom corners. The standard-fit bi-xenon lights are new, as are the fog lamps in those redesigned lower intakes. The S4's now signature single-frame grille receives the folded upper corners like the rest of the range, adding a bit of visual edge. Overall, the S4 doesn't shout about its performance credentials, it's much more muted than something one might expect from the performance arms of other German automakers. Still brandishing 329 horsepower between 5,500 and 6,500 rpm and 325 pound-feet of torque from 2,900 to 5,300 rpm, the S4's 3.0-liter supercharged and direct-injected V6 has been a big crowd pleaser ever since it started showing up in hotter Audis (and other VW Group products) a few years back. 0 to 60 estimates remain at 4.9 seconds, though we've seen 4.7 seconds out of the departing model. And, of course, rather than electronically limiting this hotter A4 to the usual 130 mph, the S4 receives a 155-mph v-max. While the Audi Quattro GmbH folks have warned us to prepare ourselves for a vastly improved track experience with all upcoming RS models, they tend to believe that this S4 is one of the finest sport sedans for the street. Over the course of many miles we drove on coastal Portuguese roads in a mambo red six-speed manual example [The example seen in our gallery has the optional seven-speed S tronic - forgive the momentary lapse into inconsistency.], it was reaffirmed that Audi has it right. Attacking squirrelly country two-lanes, the S4 shines as a special everyday driver that could make a much costlier RS4 unnecessary for many – …Hide Full Review