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  Audi S4 Cabriolet

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Country of origin:Germany
Produced from:2004 - 2008
Introduced at:2003 Frankfurt Motor Show
Source:Company press release
Last updated:Before December 1st, 2004
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Click here to download printer friendly versionThe new Audi S4 Cabriolet expresses its supremacy by adopting a deliberately restrained appearance. A closer look, however, reveals that this stylish, sporty body is indeed subtly different in its basic form and proportions from the remaining Audi A4 Cabriolets: the bumper has large air inlets, the xenon headlights have a titanium-coloured surround behind the glass and the outside mirror housings have been given an aluminium finish. At the rear, one sees the powerful exhaust tailpipes on both sides that are typical of the Audi S models. The Audi S4 Cabriolet runs on 18-inch cast aluminium wheels of S design with 235/40 R 18 tyres.

Inside this Cabriolet too, it is immediately identifiable as an S4. The instrument cluster has characteristic grey S dials and special dial needles. For the inlays, customers can choose between carbon fibre, piano finish, brushed aluminium and birch. The car's sporty character is emphasised by the three-spoke leather-covered sports steering wheel with S emblem. There are shift paddles behind the steering wheel on cars with the six-speed tiptronic transmission. For firm lateral location and excellent comfort on long journeys, the standard sports seats have a wide range of electrical position adjustments; combined Alcantara and leather upholstery is used, and there is a lumbar support and an adjustable thigh support.

The Audi S4 Cabriolet's eight-cylinder engine develops 344 bhp at 7000 rpm, and delivers a massive 410 Newton-metres of torque to the crankshaft at 3500 rpm. Such impressive figures are a sure sign of the superiority of this large-capacity, naturally-aspirated engine with its five valves per cylinder. Possibly even more impressive than its peak power output is the immediacy with which it responds to every movement of the accelerator pedal, and its remarkable willingness to run freely up to high revs. The exhaust system produces a deep, sporty note, always present but never obtrusive.

Driving a convertible is definitely one of the most emotionally satisfying forms of automobile transport - particularly in a car with such a timelessly elegant body and wonderfully responsive engine. But elegance and power need to be accompanied by a body of no-compromise high quality before one can be certain that every journey will be pure pleasure. The soft top of the Audi S4 Cabriolet retracts fully into the body when open. Nothing disturbs the characteristic shoulder line that extends smoothly along the top of the body. But even with the soft top closed, the silhouette retains its dynamic, harmonious effect. The gentle curve of the soft top emphasises the car's low-slung proportions and the mild wedge-shaped outline of the body.

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