Pricing for Audi S4 Range Revealed
Audi is set to launch a pair of sporty yet practical iterations of the A4 this year, with the saloon styling of the S4 sitting alongside the larger and more family-friendly S4 Avant estate.
Although UK pricing has yet to be confirmed, it is known that across the Eurozone the asking price for the S4 will be equivalent to around £46,829, according to Auto Express. Meanwhile, the S4 Avant is set to be around £1500 more expensive than its saloon counterpart.
Audi is thought to be bringing the S4 range to the Geneva Motor Show next month, at which point more details about pricing and specifications will be revealed. But plenty of information relating to each model has already been announced, including the crucial performance stats which will be used to attract the attention of buyers who are looking for a car which combines convenience with speed.
The designers of the new S4 models have decided to get rid of the supercharged engine found in past generations and instead stick with a turbocharged power plant which is both more economical and more environmentally friendly.
In spite of this change, Audi has managed to actually make the new S4 more powerful than its predecessor, with the engine developing 354bhp and also offering a healthy increase in torque.
Built on the same platform as the new A4, the latest S4 and S4 Avant are also lighter than the last-generation equivalents, which should lead to additional performance benefits as well as lower fuel consumption.
Each model features Audi’s impressive Quattro four-wheel-drive system, which is always on and helps the saloon version to hit 62mph from a standing start in 4.7 seconds. The estate can achieve the same feat in 4.9 seconds, keeping both of them under the five-second barrier - and that should please petrol heads.
When the pedal is pressed flat to the floor, both S4 variants will be able to achieve a top speed of 155 miles per hour, which is of course a pace that has been limited electronically by Audi for the sake of safety. In reality, they should be able to go much faster, and no doubt buyers who plan to take these cars on to the track will find ways of unlocking their true potential.
Fans of hot saloons will notice that the S4 is noticeably more sluggish than BMW’s latest version of the M3, failing to match it in terms of its 425bhp or indeed its 4.1 second 0-62mph time. But then Audi’s standard S4 is also around £10,000 cheaper than its BMW rival, which should help to make it more attractive to buyers.
The real M3 competitor is still not going to arrive for at least another year, with the next-generation RS4 not expected to make its debut until 2017. This could make the S4 and S4 Avant seem like placeholders, but ultimately they occupy a slightly different market segment, accommodating drivers who want the thrill of speed without making compromises on comfort.
On the inside the S4 range will feature sport seats trimmed in leather, along with an infotainment system that boasts a large display and an extensive array of digital instruments in the dash.
In terms of boot space, the saloon S4 offers a 480 litre capacity while its estate counterpart is only 25 litres larger, meaning that it may not offer much to buyers in the way of additional practicality.
Four tail pipes protruding from the rear will let other motorists know that the new S4 range means business, although otherwise the exterior styling has not been made to be especially gaudy. It is this kind of subtlety which should appeal to buyers who are looking for a vehicle which straddles the line between the standard A4 range and the all-out insanity of the RS4, consolidating Audi’s strong reputation for producing premium cars which can deliver the best of both worlds in this respect.