2010 Audi S4 – Test drive and new car review – 2010 Audi S4

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Audi S4

Audi rethinks its hot-rod

Hot on the heels of last year’s A4 comes the hot-rod version, the S4. But the new S4 is unlike the previous S4 ; Audi’s aim is to the S4’s appeal. Gone is the big V8 and the lofty price tag; in its is a high-tech supercharged V6 and a lower Has Audi found a better for the S4 — or have they a once-great car?

Read on. base, $50,050 as tested, EPA economy estimates 18 MPG city, MPG highway.

First Glance: A new for an old favorite

Creating an Audi S4 to be so easy. Start with an A4 throw in a big eight-cylinder engine, on an outrageous price tag, and toss the resulting wundermobile to the masses. Those who were inclined to tempt the radar had a perfectly nice A4 lineup to from.

Today, things are a good more complex. Extra are out, forced induction is in, and the isn’t spending money they used to. So Audi has a new tack: They’ve … the A4 while giving the S4 its own hot-rodded V6 and it downmarket.

The old S4 was aimed at enthusiasts; the S4 is being aimed at the big-motor of the A4’s rivals — like the Mercedes-Benz C350. IS350. and BMW 335i.

So let’s the new S4. In place of the old S4 ‘s 4.2 liter V8, the new car a supercharged direct-injected 3-liter V6. to the old V8, it produces slightly less (333, vs the V8’s 340) and more torque (325 vs.

The new engine lacks the low rumble of the V8, it instead with an exotic-sounding growl. Transmission choices are a manual or a new 7-speed version of S-Tronic twin-clutch automatic. an hybrid that provides performance with two-pedal Audi claims the new S4 runs 0-60 in 4.9 seconds with transmission, about a half-second than the V8 S4.

All this, plus better fuel economy: teens in the city and high 20s on the versus low teens and 20 even for the old S4.

In the Seat: Familiarity eases

2010 Audi S4 dashboard

If you dark, Germanic interiors, the S4 be right up your alley, but if looking for the tan-leather-and-wood ambiance by Lexus and Mercedes, I’m you’re out of luck. I used to against Audi interiors, their somber black look-alike buttons, and concentration-sapping MMI Interface) dial controller. But for reason, I’m starting to them more and more.

Maybe it’s the bright trim on the dash and the light-grey inserts on the seats that things up. Maybe it’s the controls, or the fact that now more proficient with the menu system Audi’s Interface (MMI) dial Or maybe it’s just the that the human mind can a way to adapt to anything, no matter how

Whatever the reason, I came to myself quite at home in the cabin. Solemn as it is, the dashboard is and the S4 offers excellent sightlines and big side-view mirrors. The front are comfortable, the back seats are than roomy enough for duty, and the trunk is smartly if a bit small at 12 cubic feet.

All in all, the S4 offers a level of not generally found in proper cars — and make no that’s exactly what the S4 is.

Audi S4

On the A cut above

After driving the S4 on the Top Secret Curvy Test I can’t honestly believe Audi is really planning to it against cars like the C350 and Lexus IS350. The S4 is too — it feels like it was for corners, rather than adapted to deal with

Slow in, fast out is the racer’s and few cars do fast out like the S4. The engine delivers peak from 2,900 to 5,300 so it’s almost impossible to be in the gear. Clip the apex of the stand on the accelerator, and the S4’s belts out the power, with the all-wheel-drive system ensuring 100% of it gets to the pavement.

out of the corner you go, like a booger from a fourth-grader’s finger. Opt for the Rear Sport Differential, and the S4 oversteer (fishtail) like a rear-driver, enough to out-BMW the BMW My test car lacked RSD, so it like a traditional Audi, is to say it feels as disciplined as a career

Back on the public roads, I got a understanding of how the S4 fits in among its set. Audi’s suspension have an almost magical to combine sharp handling a good ride, and nowhere is better exploited than in the S4. still a bit of float on big bumps and a bit of on the smaller, sharper ones.

But for the part, it’s as comfortable as the it competes against — an accomplishment considering how much it is in the corners.

Journey’s End: One bit of good news

2010 S4 left-rear view

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