Page 1 of 1 The Audi S4 and S4 Avant are a synthesis of well-proven features such as quattro permanent four-wheel drive, and new elements such as the powerful V6 twin-Turbo engine with its impressive performance figures. The overall impression is one of restrained superiority at all times.
These cars can trace their lineage back to such motor sporting legends as the striking original quattro, the Sport quattro S1, a car designed for rally success and twice winner of the Pikes Peak race, and the super touring car championship A4 quattro with its impressive tally of seven victories in the 1996 season. Audi's S models are a vehicle concept that perfectly combines superior performance with masterfully understated appearance, without sacrificing everyday practicality.
This is achieved without forcing the engine designer's hand. A glance at the performance figures for the new 2.7-litre V6 engine with its two small Turbochargers that cut in smoothly when needed is enough to show what a superior impression the S4 is capable of making. This power unit, with five valves per cylinder, delivers its maximum output of 195 kW (265 bhp) at just 5,800 rpm. The shape of the torque curve expresses its supreme character even more clearly. 400 Nm of torque are available over a broad engine-speed range stretching from 1,850 to 3,600 rpm.
On the outside, the differences between the S4 and the basic A4 amount to no more than a few functionally-based design features. The new model's powerful appearance is also partly due to its sports suspension, with wide 225 tyres and 17 inch 'Avus' alloy wheels. Large air intake openings give a more emphatic look to the front end of the car. The headlights with their xenon dipped beams and clear glass covers also contribute to the sporty appearance. The car is equipped with automatic beam angle control and high-pressure headlight cleaning jets. Page 1 of 1