Audi S4 3.0 TFSI quattro S Tronic Review
S Express

Story and photos by Raymond Lai
26 Apr 2012

The range topping A4 gets a new nose job and a raft of other changes to make it more fuel economical and handle better.

Introduction, styling

The current generation A4 has been one of the most popular junior executive models since its introduction in late 2007, which means it has been a thorn in the BMW 3 Series’ side in recent times. BMW has recently introduced the new, sixth generation 3 Series to reclaim some of the lost ground the previous E90 3 Series had suffered against the A4. With the arrival of the new 3 Series, the A4’s supremacy in the junior executive class might not be as clear-cut as it was in recent years.

Audi is not sitting on its laurels with the A4. It has updated its most popular model in 2012 to counter the threat from the new F30 3 Series. Outwardly, the new A4 and its S4 performance brethren can be easily identified by the revised nose that makes the A4 look more in line with recent Audi models like the A6 and A1 – the new snout features the latest iteration of Audi’s single-frame grille with beveled edges at the top corners, new headlamps with a distinctive ‘paper clip’ pattern for its LED daytime running lights, deeper air intakes on the front bumper and so on.

The rear features new LED tail lamps that are more similar to the A4’s bigger saloon brothers’ and a new bumper while new alloy wheel designs complete the exterior changes on the new model. The top dog S4 variant gets the same exterior changes as well but sticks to the same alloy wheel design as previously. The S4 tested here is fitted with optional 20-inch 5-arm rotor design wheels that look fabulous and do much to further enhance the S4’s sporty and aggressive stance. Like the previous model, the top dog S4 is differentiated from lesser A4 models via its the usual S style enhancements like the grey coloured egg crate inserts on the grille, the aluminium look side mirror covers, quad exhaust tail pipes and so on in addition to the S4 badges on the boot lid and front grille and the ‘V6 T’ badge on the front wings.

With its new, refreshed look, the S4 certainly looks more contemporary and smarter than the outgoing model. The new nose’s edgier look also adds some aggression to the S4’s overall stance.

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Engine Capacity 2995cc Supercharged
Engine Type V 6
Compression Ratio 10.3:1
Bore x Stroke (84.5x89.0)mm
Power 333bhp @ 5900rpm
Torque 440Nm @ 2200rpm
Power to Weight 187.1 bhp per ton


Acceleration 5s (0-100 km/h)
Top Speed 250 km/h
Fuel Consumption (combined) 12.3 km/L

Misc Technical Data

Transmission 7 -speed S-Tronic
Drive Type F4


Body Type Sedan
(L x W x H)
(4701 x 2040 x 1427) mm
Wheelbase 2811 mm
Kerb Weight 1780 kg
Fuel Tank Capacity 64 L


Brakes (Front) Ventilated Discs
Brakes (Rear) Ventilated Discs