If the latest Audi A4 feels as if it made a masters degree in IT, then the brand new S4 double-majored in kinesiology. Like the recently revamped Audi A4 sedan, the 2018 Audi S4 sedan packs a stupendous amount of smarts. From a lane-keeping system and adaptive cruise control that push us ever better to self-governing cars to Audi’s slick Virtual Cockpit configurable dash with Google Maps combination, Audi’s compact luxury sedan is amongst the brainiest of its class.
2018 Audi S4 Trim Levels
2 trim levels are available: Premium Plus and Prestige, the latter of which adds $4900 to the bottom line. If it were our car, we may stick with the Premium Plus, considered that it comes well geared up, consisting of heated and rubbing front seats, three-zone automatic environment control, and LED head- and taillights. Audi’s Virtual Cockpit Display is on the choice list together with active security features such as adaptive cruise control and blind-spot warning.
2018 Audi S4 Design and Features
The looks of Audi’s new sport sedan were hewn in the exact same way too. Audi’s latest S4– now strongly planted in the middle of the automaker’s high-end and sports cars– inhabits a ground it formed for itself. When the cult car of the 1990s, the S4 has actually grown and developed to shirk relative speed in favor of balanced performance now– less lover, but still with plenty of enthusiasm.
The brand-new S4’s shape too has actually grown from a round, Skittles-colored mess in the 1990s to this example we had in Palm Springs, California. Grown up colors embellish the mature frame.
Lead designer Frank Lamberty has actually taken the A4’s already severe shape and made it even more stern with this S4. A body line, stropped by Lamberty’s experience with the first-gen R8, draws down the S4’s body completely uninterrupted in spite of hiding the hood’s shunt line. Its nose is lower now and its grille has actually been tamed to a faceted trapezoid– auf wiedersehen huge waterfall.
This year, Audi has actually paired an offered sport differential planted in between the rear wheels to shuffle power delegated right in addition to the center differential that handles fore-and-aft responsibility. Likewise, new adaptive dampers lower the trip height by practically an inch from the basic setup, and can determine trip quality in between Comfort, Individual, Dynamic, and Auto settings. Those modes also manage steering heft and throttle reaction, but all live in the community of comfort-focused instead of track-sharp– even the sportiest Dynamic setting.
2018 Audi S4 Engine
The S4– and its coupe sibling, the S5– has all that, too. You might not know it from the outside, but exactly what separates the S4/S5 from the A4/A5 is what’s under the hood. Whereas the A4 utilizes a 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder great for approximately 252 horsepower, the S4 packs an all-new 3.0-liter turbo V6 that spits out 354. That 100-plus horsepower benefit is felt in every way, and integrated with other performance-oriented hardware, injects an exhilarating shock of athleticism into exactly what appears like a regular entry-level luxury sedan.
2018 Audi S4 Price
The S4’s base price puts it in the blend with its most obvious German rivals, the $50,895 BMW 340i xDrive and the $52,925 Mercedes-AMG C43 4MATIC. Audi claims a “class leading” zero-to-60-mph time of 4.4 seconds for the S4; we eagerly anticipate strapping our test equipment to one to get our own number quickly.
The 2018 Audi S4 and S5 are on sale now. The S4 sedan begins at $51,875, including destination, and the S5 coupe bows at $55,575. More siblings are set to join the lineup in the form of a cabriolet and brand new 2018 Audi A5/S5 Sportback, a smooth 4-door liftback that will slot below the A7.