Reviews First Drive: 2018 Audi S4

16:30  16 may  2017
16:30  16 may  2017 Source:   Automobile

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FRANKFURT, Germany — Take the Audi A4, a good ride in its own right, crank up the heat and you have the 2018 S 4 — it will be offered only in sedan form in Canada, which is a pity because the Avant (wagon) is a great alternative to a crossover.

Choosing a vehicle, especially a performance model, is not always a question of logic, but if it were, you’d be damn near obligated to pick the S 4 . The 2018 Audi S 4 represents the fifth generation of S-badged compact sport sedans in North America.

PALM SPRINGS, California Between the blind corners, scattered rocks in the road, and palm fronds hurtling toward me at 60 mph, I should be sweating bullets. But the truth is I'm cool as a cucumber in this sudden storm, and it has nothing to do with the dry desert air in the canyon passes above Palm Springs. No, what's keeping me at ease is the sure-footed 2018 Audi S4, which is humming merrily along while the world outside blusters and threatens to uproot itself.

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Check out the Audi S 4 review at Use our Car Buying Guide to research Audi S 4 prices, specs, photos, videos, and more. An all-new, more powerful S 4 is due in early 2017. Jump to First Drive Review – 2018 Audi S 4 .

Now in its fifth iteration, Ingolstadt's bread-and-butter sport sedan has wizened from a testy, upstart sleeper with a 2.7-liter twin-turbo V-6 and a six-speed stick into a generously sized sport sedan that wows with equal parts performance, polish, and tech. Indeed, the B9-generation Audi S4 handles any situation with the unshakable chill of an elder statesman who's only sharpened with age. Audi has sold more than 50,000 examples of the S4 since it first launched here in 1999 and these days the car represents roughly 12 to 15 percent of the overall A4 mix.

While its geometric exterior design looks as crisp as ever, nowhere is the 2018 S4's maturation clearer than behind the wheel, where Audi's virtual cockpit setup takes center stage. The gorgeous new interface doesn't come standard on the new S4, but it's one of the very few must-haves as the car would feel naked without it. Virtual cockpit is baked into the Technology package, which adds an 8.3-inch display and the latest generation of Audi's MMI infotainment system. It'll be the easiest farewell you've ever had with $3,100.

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Instead of sampling one new Audi , let’s try out two! That’s what I did when I trekked to Palm Springs to take in both the 2018 Audi S 4 and the 2018 Audi S 5. So hit play and enjoy a two-for-one first drive video review. [Disclaimer: Audi provided a hotel, food, and booze.]

  First Drive: 2018 Audi S4 © Eric Weiner,The Manufacturer

Generously bolstered leather sport seats with handsome diamond-pattern stitching, Alcantara inserts to match the door cards, and an embroidered 'S' logo come standard. The front buckets are also heated, power-operated, and feature massage functionality. A fat, flat-bottom steering wheel is included as well, provided you don't opt for the cold weather package that swaps it out for a circular unit with a heating element. As the storm gathers ahead and traffic slows in apparent anxiety, the S4's mix of soft leather and icy cool aluminum lend an ambiance of calm.

When I do find a stretch of open road and clear skies, a stomp of the gas pedal sends me off in a crimson streak of blistering precision. As I get on it, the S4 belts out its rich exhaust note on the way to a tempered rasp at 6,400 rpm. The new 3.0-liter turbo V-6 powering the 2018 S4 is light years ahead of the outgoing car's supercharged six. For starters it has more guts, with 354 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque compared to 333 hp and 325 lb-ft before. At the low end of the rev range the S4 is eager and willing, with a more immediate torque curve peaking at just 1,370 rpm versus 3,000 rpm in the B8 S4. Nixing lag was a major focus for Audi engineers, who turned to a hot-V setup (the twin-scroll turbo is nestled between the cylinder banks like a swaddled child with night terrors) to achieve shorter runs and better throttle response. An aluminum crankcase and pistons help shave off 31 pounds, too. Combined with an eight-speed automatic transmission, the new S4 even gets 30 mpg on the highway (21 in city) a nice jump from 18/28 mpg city/highway. More power and better fuel economy is a best of both worlds result we can always get behind.

Audi launches Sport brand

  Audi launches Sport brand The 2018 RS 5 coupe will lead the way for the newly named division, which will add a total of eight new models in the next two yearsThe new name was inspired by the company’s rich racing history. Back in the 1930s, the “Silver Arrow” cars from then Auto Union were winning on racetracks around the world. Fifty years later, it was quattro; the cars equipped with this permanent all-wheel drive cleaned up in everything from rally competitions to the racetracks. Closer to home, it has been the exploits of the R18 and its astounding 13 victories at Le Mans that acts as the halo for all Audis.

1 of 55 Audi says its new 2018 S 4 sedan and S5 coupe are "the perfect balance of performance and design." We decided to start driving these in numerical order, so we got in the S 4 first . Right out of the gate, the steering and balance felt good in slow city driving .

the 2018 Audi S 5.Because there are many similarities, hence the double-car First Drive , it’s tempting to assume Audi ’ s five-passenger S 4 sedan and four-passenger S5 coupe are merely four- and two-door versions of the same car.

2018 Audi S4 front view in motion © Eric Weiner,The Manufacturer 2018 Audi S4 front view in motion

About that torque converter eight-speed gearbox. It's alert and consistent, always seeming to be in the right gear and it rattles off upshifts like it can't wait to land you in the back of a police cruiser. It's also utterly unfussy at low speeds, which apparently a dual-clutch would have been given the new engine's copious low-end grunt. So yes, the automatic is very good. But before my mailbox starts filling up with angry messages that a dual-clutch and manual are no longer available for the new S4, let the record show that I too mourn the loss of the manual especially. We asked Audi officials about the deletion of the row-it-yourself option, they told us demand from actual paying customers simply wasn't there. The B8 S4's stick was already on borrowed time, carrying over for North America after it had been sent out to pasture in several other markets.

The brakes are an exercise in overkill. With 13.8-inch rotors and six-piston calipers on the front axle, they offer enormous stopping power even for a car that weighs 3,858 pounds. When I ask Audi product manager Anthony Garbis what the story is, he shrugs. "When you need to come down from well into the triple-digits on the autobahn, it's a good thing to have," he says.

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It offers tremendous fun on the right road, but buttons up and puts on a tie for commuting and general city driving . Nothing about that formula is upset with this new 2018 model – it’s still a great luxury/sport sedan, packed with Audi ’ s latest arsenal of performance chops and premium tech.

NOW READ: 2018 Audi Sport RS3 First Drive : A 174mph demon. Still, I can easily see why Audi fans would appreciate the 2018 S 4 and S5 Coupe. They’re fast and easy to drive; practical enough to be your everyday car, but with enough special sauce to set them apart in the parking lot.

2018 Audi S4 cabin 02 © Eric Weiner,The Manufacturer 2018 Audi S4 cabin 02

It doesn't take much to reach those speeds, and not just because of the new engine. The S4 is fastidiously neutral and stable at all times, a credit to the new five-link front suspension as well as the Quattro all-wheel drive system and its 40:60 front/rear split. (The old S4's hated understeer is long gone.) Our test car rode on the standard 18-inch wheels and was optioned with the adaptive damping system and sport rear differential that's part of the $2,500 S sport package, as well as the $1,150 variable-ratio steering rack. Again, easy pills to swallow given the tradeoffs are drama-free handling and an impressively composed ride. Although we didn't sample an S4 without the S sport package, we did try an S5 coupe with fixed-ratio steering, and promptly wished it banished back across the Atlantic. The upgraded steering system feels so much more natural and engaging, loading up progressively as you build speed, versus the comparatively inert and distant standard rack.

Ringing in at $59,550, the 2018 Audi S4 we sampled felt well worth the price of admission. It's a thoroughly modern sport sedan that would be equally happy commuting, road tripping, or singing its tune on winding mountain roads. Connoisseurs of elegance might gravitate more to the Mercedes-AMG C43, while purists might play it safe and opt for the BMW 340i. But the latest S4 has clarity of purpose and steady composure that don't come at the expense of good fun. So although JJ Cale might say there "Ain't no change in the weather/Ain't no changes in me," in his hit "Call Me the Breeze," the winds of changemade to this S4 do little else but make me ache for a high-octane RS4 to round out the lineup.

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The 2018 Audi S 4 carves the desert better than a blistering sandstorm. Turn after turn, the S 4 knifes ribbons of pavement like a scalpel in bread dough. ALSO SEE: 2018 Audi A5 and S5 first drive review: Sibling rivalry renewed.

PORTO, Portugal – When Audi launched the Walter da Silva-penned A5 coupe in 2007, its message to the world was, “Yeah, we know how to make pretty cars.”. This coupe did not have a bad angle, and the fact that the A5 still twirls heads nearly 10 years on is a testament to the designer’s philosophy: “Don’t

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Get Canadian specs and pricing for the Audi S4

2018 Audi S4 Specifications

PRICE$52,375/$59,550 (base/as tested)
ENGINE3.0L turbocharged DOHC 24-valve V-6/354 hp @ 5,400-6,400 rpm, 369 lb-ft @ 1,370-4,500 rpm
TRANSMISSION8-speed automatic
LAYOUT4-door, 5-passenger, front-engine AWD sedan
EPA MILEAGE21/30 mpg (city/hwy)
L x W x H186.8 x 79.6 x 55.3 in
WEIGHT3,858 lb
0-60 MPH4.4 sec
TOP SPEED155 mph

2018 Audi RS 5: Two Less Cylinders, Two More Turbos .
SOLDEU, Andorra – It's all the rage. After the BMW M4 and Mercedes-AMG C 63, it's the Audi RS 5's turn to have its engine resized. So long, naturally aspirated V8, hello, 2.9-litre V6 with two turbochargers. Output at 444 horsepower is unchanged, but torque makes a prodigious leap from …On the mountain roads of the Pyrenees, the RS 5 Coupé was up to the challenge, the turbochargers helping nullify the altitude effect that often afflicts naturally aspirated engines. The RS 5 Coupé’s twin-turbo, 2.9-litre V6 is, in some ways, a more dynamic version of the new 3.0-litre turbo V6 purring under the 2018 Audi S5’s hood.

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