If the latest Audi A4 feels as if it earned a masters degree in IT, then the all-new S4 double-majored in kinesiology. Like the recently revamped Audi A4 sedan, the 2018 Audi S4 sedan loads a stupendous amount of smarts. From a lane-keeping system and adaptive cruise control that push us ever more detailed to self-governing cars to Audi’s slick Virtual Cockpit configurable dash with Google Maps integration, Audi’s compact luxury sedan is amongst the brainiest of its class.
2018 Audi S4 Trim Levels
Two trim levels are offered: Premium Plus and Prestige, the latter which includes $4900 down line. If it were our car, we might stick with the Premium Plus, considered that it comes well equipped, consisting of heated and massaging front seats, three-zone automated climate control, and LED head- and taillights. Audi’s Virtual Cockpit Display is on the choice list along with active security features such as adaptive cruise control and blind-spot caution.
2018 Audi S4 Design and Features
The appearances of Audi’s brand-new sport sedan were hewn in the very same way too. Audi’s most recent S4– now strongly planted in the middle of the car manufacturer’s luxury and sports cars– inhabits a ground it shaped for itself. As soon as the cult car of the 1990s, the S4 has grown and progressed to shirk relative speed in favor of well balanced performance now– less lover, however still with plenty of interest.
The brand-new S4’s shape too has grown from a round, Skittles-colored mess in the 1990s to this example we had in Palm Springs, California. Grown up colors decorate the fully grown frame.
Lead designer Frank Lamberty has actually taken the A4’s currently serious shape and made it much 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 despite concealing the hood’s shunt line. Its nose is lower now and its grille has actually been tamed to a faceted trapezoid– auf wiedersehen massive waterfall.
This year, Audi has actually paired a readily available sport differential planted between the rear wheels to shuffle power left to right in addition to the center differential that deals with fore-and-aft responsibility. Likewise, new adaptive dampers lower the flight height by practically an inch from the basic setup, and can dictate trip quality in between Comfort, Individual, Dynamic, and Auto settings. Those modes also control steering heft and throttle response, however all reside in the area 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 may not know it from the outside, however exactly what separates the S4/S5 from the A4/A5 is exactly what’s under the hood. Whereas the A4 uses a 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder good for approximately 252 horse power, the S4 loads a brand new 3.0-liter turbo V6 that spits out 354. That 100-plus horsepower advantage is felt in every method, and integrated with other performance-oriented hardware, injects an exhilarating jolt of athleticism into exactly what looks like a normal entry-level luxury sedan.
2018 Audi S4 Price
The S4’s base price puts it in the mix with its most apparent German competitors, 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 anticipate strapping our test equipment to one to obtain our own number quickly.
The 2018 Audi S4 and S5 are on sale now. The S4 sedan begins at $51,875, consisting of location, and the S5 coupe bows at $55,575. More siblings are set to join the lineup in the form of a cabriolet and all-new 2018 Audi A5/S5 Sportback, a smooth 4-door liftback that will slot below the A7.