2020 Audi S4 Avant
Audi promised a significant redesign of the A4 and, like clockwork, that promise finally materialized with the debut of the 2020 A4. The German automaker didn’t just stop with the new A4, either. The entire family of models attached to the luxury sedan also arrived, including the S4 Avant, the high-performance wagon that has remained a forbidden fruit for customers in the U.S. Just like the A4, the S4 Avant is arriving in style. It still traces its roots to the current B9 generation of the A4 that dates back to 2016, but you wouldn’t know it once you get a good look at it. Most of the changes are cosmetic, though there are also a handful of technological updates that gives the punchy wagon an all-new model vibe. Unless Audi has a change of heart, it doesn’t look like we’ll get to see the updated S4 Avant in the U.S. anytime soon. Years have passed, and the S4 Avant is still out of their reach.
Audi has been steadily improving its lineup by taking its traditional designs and updating them just enough to mix things up, but there are still a few models that have yet to receive this update. One such model was the S4, which has now joined Audi’s lineup of redesigned models, including the 2016 Audi Q7, 2016 Audi A4, and 2016 Audi R8, with the arrival of the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show.
Not surprisingly, the new S4 arrived only a few months after the Germans unveiled the redesigned A4. And as expected, it’s a slightly beefed-up version of the compact sedan that slots between the standard A4 and the upcoming 2017 Audi RS4. As with most Audi redesigns, the new look is joined by a revamped interior, updated tech, and, more importantly, a significantly more powerful engine.
The new S-badged sedan will arrive Stateside in 2016, as a 2017 model. Keep reading to find out everything there is to know about the S4.
Updated 09/17/2015: The new Audi S4 made its world debut at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show.
Continue reading my preview of the 2017 Audi S4 to find out how I think it’ll stack up against its biggest rivals.
2016 Audi S4 Avant
Audi has been busy redesigning its lineup lately, and the redesigned 2016 Audi S4 debuted at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show in September of 2015. Now, just six months later, Audi is set to release the redesign S4 Avant at the Geneva Motor Show. As expected, Audi has released some information regarding the newly designed model, as well as a number of pictures that gives us a peak at the Avant before its official debut.
Obviously the new Avant will share a lot of the same design we see on the S4 and A4, which is still remarkably similar to the previous generation models. While that is the truth, Audi’s new design still manages to bring enough new character to the S4 Avant that buyers have something fresh to look at when the model goes on sale later this year.
The S4 Avant is made primarily for the European market, and it really is just an S4 sedan with a bigger rump, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t interesting. So, with that said, we’re going to take a detailed look at the new S4 Avant and what we’ll see when the sheet is pulled off of it in Geneva.
Continue reading to learn more about the 2017 Audi S4 Avant.
There was a time when the S4 was the most exciting Audi offered in the United States. What a difference 10 years can make. The S4 is now joined by the S5, RS5, S6 and R8 sports models with more appearing on the horizon every year. In the face of the new lineup, the S4 looks pretty tame by comparison.
The looks are deceiving, however. The S4 may have lost its shouty atmospheric V-8 engine for this generation, but replaces it with a supercharged V-6 that weights nearly 200 pounds less and delivers acceleration sprints in the mid 4’s all day long. The $50,000 S4 offers a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic or a rare six-speed manual.
The 2014 S4 faces a mild identity crisis in the face of the increasingly expensive BMW M3 that has long been its arch nemesis. Audi makes sure that even the speedy 335Xi model cannot keep up with the S4 in a straight line. Otherwise, S4 the package stays pretty similar to the core A4 style and value proposition. In fact, the S4 is basically just an engine and handling package over the base A4 that is only offered in 2.0-liter form.
How does it stack up versus the 335Xi and the 2014 Cadillac CTS Vsport? All three sedans are offered with AWD and run extra-powerful V-6 engines that use forced induction to increase power while maintaining decent efficiency stats.
Click past the jump for the full review of the S4 with highlights on the new features and equipment for 2014.
A standard Audi S4 delivers a total of 333 horsepower, but plenty of people think it has more potential. The guys over MS Design seem to agree with that and today they have unveiled the first official details on the new A46 package based for the S4. What does the name stand for? The answer is quite simple: from the amount of power found under the hood - 460 horsepower.
Thanks to the extra 127 horsepower, the A46 sprints from 0 to 60 mph in 4.5 seconds - half a second faster than the S4 - and can hit a top speed of 178 mph. In order to handle the extra power, the new A46 has also been equipped with a specially adapted brake system, a height-adjustable sport suspension and a new set of 8.5-by-20-inch lightweight wheels.
The new Audi A46 can be ordered either as a complete car or as an upgrade for your standard S4. The model will make its world debut at the Top Marques Monaco set to begin tomorrow.
Click past the jump to read about the standard S4
The facelift version of the Audi A4 is on sale in Europe and will go on sale in the USA in the summer of 2012. In this short time, the model has already received a number of significant upgrades, but German tuner, ABT Sportsline, is adding another one to the faster version of the A4, the S4. Their package, called the AS4, includes a series of exterior upgrades and some serious engine boosts to allow the A4 to excel.
The exterior changes were made to improve the car’s aerodynamics and were kept to a minimum. These changes include a new air dam, new side sills and wing inserts, aerofoils, rear apron inserts, a two-pipe exhaust system, and, of course, a new set of alloy wheels.
Under the hoods of the different versions of the A4, the most impressive changes were made for the S4. The Audi S4’s 3.0 L TFSI V6 engine was pumped up to 435 HP from the standard 333 HP. The top speed limiter has also been removed, providing the luxury sedan with a top speed of 175 mph, while the 0 to 60 mph sprint is made in 4.8 seconds. The 3.0 TDI engine has also been increased from 245 HP to 282 HP, while the tiny four-cylinder version, the 2.0 TFSI, goes from 211 HP to 275 HP.
With the A5 launch in the bag, Audi is primed for the debut of theA4 family and its series updates. For 2012, the new A4 will be getting a more attractive design and new solutions for efficiency, driving dynamics, and infotainment. The A4 family will arrive on the US market in Summer 2012, but the new details surrounding the S4 - the most powerful version of the family - have already been released.
The Audi S4 will be powered by a 3.0 TFSI engine that delivers a total of 333 HP and a peak torque of 324 lb-ft. The sedan has an average fuel consumption of 29 mpg and can sprint from 0 to 60 mph in under 5 seconds on its way to a limited top speed of 155 mph.
As for the updates, the S4 has received changes to the headlights, the bumpers, the air inlets, and its colors, with subtle changes scattered in the interior. Audi has also equipped the S4 with an S sport suspension and 18" wheels.
UPDATE 01/23/12: The 2013 Audi S4 will go on sale in June 2012, so to get its marketing ploys, Audi has released the vehicle’s first promotional video. Check it out!
Hit the jump to read more about the new 2013 Audi S4.
Those of you who have been with us for some time might know that the Audi S4 might be one of our favorite cars on the market. It combines pure speed and aggressive handling with comfort and everyday practicality. If you had to pick one car for the rest of your life, the S4 wouldn’t be a bad call.
Despite its near flawlessness, Stasis Engineering has decided to rework the four-door Audi and make it that little bit more hardcore. Normally we would despise this sort of thing, but after all, it is SEMA.
A little background of Stasis before we get started with the tuned up S4. STaSIS Engineering is dedicated to providing automotive performance to the mainstream market. They specialize in performance-enhancing brakes, suspension, driveline, and engine products. Basically, these products are as close as you’re going to get to real racing car equipment.
Hit the jump to read about how Stasis applied these products to the S4.
UPDATE 02/21/2011: The STaSIS Signature S4 packages are now available exclusively from APS of Brackley, with prices starting at £12,500 (or about $20,000 at the current exchange rates) including VAT @ 20% and installation.
The Audi S4 is the German automaker’s sport tuned version of their entry level sedan, adding a bit more exhilaration and extravagance to the A4 with a high output power plant and exotic materials used for the interior. For 2010 Audi went away from the 4.2 Liter V8 and opted for a more economical supercharged V6 that makes 333 HP, more then enough to scoot the all wheel drive sport sedan around corners while the Alcantara seat inserts holds the occupants in place. 2010 S4 went on sale in the fall of 2009 and is only available as a four door in the U.S. with the European market receiving an Avant as well.
The 2010 Audi S4 is powered by a 3.0T V6 FSI combining gasoline direct injection with forced induction to deliver a total of 333 HP and 325 lb-ft of torque, when equipped with a manual transmission the 2010 S4 sprints from 0 to 60 MPH in only 4.9 seconds while its top speed is limited to 155 MPH. The S4 is a sports car offering an impressive driving experience, leading technologies, and every day suitability. The luxury sport sedan comes equipped with performance features like: adjustable engine/throttle mapping, suspension damping, rear differential, dynamic steering and Quattro with new optional Sports Rear Differential in order to enhance the performance vehicle’s agility.
The 2010 Audi S4 will be offered in two trim levels: Premium Plus and the S4 Prestige, with prices starting at $45,900 and $52,000 respectively. However you might want to spring for the Audi Drive Select Package priced at $3,950 as well, after all it includes all those adjustable bits that takes the S4’s handling from impressive to outstanding.
UPDATE 06/09/2010: Check out our review of the amazing Audi S4 by clicking here.
Full details after the jump.
Audi will unveil at the Paris Auto Show the 2009 S4, both sedan and station wagon version. The two models will go on sale in March 2009.
Both models are powered by a completely redesigned engine: the 3.0 TFSI, the newest member of the Audi V-engine family. The V6 generates its power from a displacement of 2,995 cc, is equipped with a supercharger, and delivers 333 hp. The sedan sprints to100 km/h (62.14 mph) in just 5.1 seconds, and the Avant in 5.2 seconds: they both have an electronically governed top speed of 250 km/h (155.34 mph).
The 3.0 TFSI delivers its maximum 440 Nm (324.53 lb-ft) at 2,500 rpm and maintains this constantly until 4,850 rpm. In fourth gear, the vehicle accelerates from 80 to 120 km/h (49.71 to 74.56 mph) in just 4.4 seconds. Thanks to the extremely short gas paths, the sonorous, supercharged V6 responds spontaneously to the throttle, even more so than a naturally aspirated engine of the same displacement.
Furthermore, the new 3.0 TFSI achieves exemplary fuel efficiency. On average, the sedan uses 9.7 liters of fuel per 100 km (24.25 US mpg), and the Avant 9.9 liters per 100 km (23.76 US mpg) – an improvement of 3.4 liters (26 percent) compared with its predecessor.
Press release after the jump.
Cars that announce their thrilling performance with wings, spoilers, stripes and neon undercarriage lighting have their place. Mostly that place is in the fantasies of eighth-grade boys, but it’s a place. There isn’t an eighth-grader on Earth who’ll draw anything that looks like the new Audi S4 Cabriolet in his study-hall notebook.
Perhaps it was part of a Christmas bonus for the employees, or a renegade draftsman who broke into his piggy bank in an act of selfless charity towards his fellow coworkers, but someone has gifted the designers in Ingolstadt a set of curved stencils. This is nowhere more evident than the seventh-generation of Audi’s B-chassis cars, first introduced to us as the mid-year 2005 A4 and now embodied in the 2006 S4 Wagon.
The S4, a high-performance offshoot of the compact A4, rejoined Audi’s lineup for the 2004 model year. The S4 is powered by a 340-horsepower, 4.2-liter V-8 that teams with either a six-speed-manual gearbox or a six-speed-automatic transmission that incorporates a manual-shift provision.
The third generation, B6 platform Audi S4 debuted in mid-2003. Despite having moved to yet another entirely new platform, the S4’s most publicized new feature was its engine. It became available in three bodystyles for the 2004 model year: the S4 sedan, the S4 Avant wagon and a convertible, the Audi S4 Cabriolet.
Replacing the 2.7 L twin-turbocharged V6 engine of the previous generation S4 was a 4.2 L, 40-valve V8 based on the unit from the A8 and producing 344 PS (253 kW/340 (...)