Along with the new “B9” generation of the A4 lineup, Audi unveiled the all-new, 2017 S4 Sedan and Avant at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show. The performance-tuned German sedan and wagon are notable improvements over their predecessors.
The new S4 is powered by a 3.0L, turbocharged TFSI V6 that produces (354 PS) and 500 Nm (369 lb-ft.) of torque at 1,300 to 4,500 RPM. The engine is lighter, more powerful and more efficient than the one it replaces.
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All that power is sent to the ground via a quattro all-wheel drive system with a self-locking center differential and a new eight-speed tiptronic transmission that boosts efficiency and offers very quick gear changes, allowing the 2017 Audi S4 Sedan in particular to sprint from 0 to 62 mph (100 km/h) in 4.7 seconds before reaching an electronically-limited top speed of 155 mph (250 km/h).
The all-wheel drive system is capable of sending 70% to the front axle or up to 85% to the rear wheels to provide optimal traction in all road conditions.
Despite the impressive performance, Audi promises fuel consumption of less than 7.4 liters / 100 km (31.8 mpg US in NEDC cycle) and CO2 emissions of 170 g/km.
The S4 sits 23 mm (0.9 inches) lower than the regular A4 and rolls on 18-inch alloy wheels wrapped around in 245/40 tires (19-inch rims are optional). The sedan weighs 1,630 kg (3,593 lbs), while the S4 Avant tips the scale at 1,675 kg (3,692 lbs).
Buyers looking for a more dynamic ride have the option of active damper setup, which — with a “continuous damping control” feature — can lower ride height even further.
Design wise, the new S4 isn’t too different from the lesser A4. The model’s signature singleframe grille are complimented by prominently-profiled bumpers and air inlets, as well as quad-tipped exhausts that hint at the power beneath the hood. LED headlights are standard, while Audi’s spiffy matrix LED units are optional.
The interior comes nicely equipped and styled with S sport seats wrapped around in pearl Nappa leather and Alcantara, matte brushed aluminum and illuminated door sill trim with the “S4” logo. A 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster and a head-up display (HUD), among many other optional features, can be had for extra money.
Set to compete against the BMW M3, Mercedes-AMG C63 and Cadillac ATS-V, the new, 2017 Audi S4 Sedan and Avant are serious performance machines that are also great grocer-getters. Don’t you want one?