Audi S4 3.0 TFSI quattro S Tronic Review
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Story by C.K, Lim Photos by Raymond Lai
22 Jan 2010
 

The S4 is possibly one of the most desirable sporty executive saloons out there. We find out why.

Super model

Audi is certainly on a product offensive. In the past year alone, the premium car maker has launched 11 new models - nearly one every month, on the average. This looks set to continue unabated into this new year, with 7 new model releases planned.

Besides the much lauded R8 V10, other notable new models from last year are the RS 6 saloon and the S4 duo of saloon and Avant (Audi-speak for estate). As all but the S4 saloon have already been tested, it will be the subject of our road test today.

Unlike the R8 and the RS models, which are created, designed, developed and produced by quattro GmbH, Audi's very own high performance division, the S models are sporty version of the standard models, assembled on the same production lines as its lesser brethren.

The new S4 does its bit for the environment by eschewing the thumping yet thirsty 4.2-litre V8 engine in its predecessor for a V6 motor with a displacement of just 3.0 litres. Not only is the latter more efficient than the former in terms of fuel consumption but also cleaner since it emits less carbon dioxide. In case you are wondering, the car's performance is ensured by the presence of a Roots-type supercharger, befitting its stature as an S model.

As with the A4 on which it is based on, the S4 is one good-looking car. The exterior clearly has the contemporary family look (yes, including the ubiquitous LED daytime running lights), but it takes a keen eye to pick out the subtle details that differentiate the S4 from lesser A4 models, namely the S line body kit, aluminium-look housing for the wing mirrors, quad tailpipes and the discreet S4 badges.


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Engine

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 201.8 bhp per ton

Performance

Acceleration 5.3s (0-100 km/h)
Top Speed 250 km/h
Fuel Consumption (combined) 10.6 km/L

Misc Technical Data

Transmission 7 -speed DCT
Drive Type F4

Measurements

Body Type Sedan
Dimension
(L x W x H)
(4717 x 1826 x 1406) mm
Wheelbase 2811 mm
Kerb Weight 1650 kg
Fuel Tank Capacity 64 L

Brakes

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