The Audi S4 is a sports car derived from the Audi A4, and its name was first used to refer to the Audi 100. The Audi S4 boasts numerous pros, including attractive styling, outstanding road performance—thanks to its all-wheel drive traction—and superb interior design. This vehicle also features a very high power output, top-notch braking capabilities, and very receptive handling. When it was first introduced into the market in 1991, it came with a 2.2-liter inline 5 engine and was available in manual transmission. Since its birth, the S4 has gone through numerous changes, bringing us to the state-of-the-art S4 of the new millennium. When it comes to satisfying power-hungry drivers who have a penchant for ridiculous style, the Audi S4 never falls short.
1994-1997: Name changes and a speedy evolution
Audi stopped using the name Audi 100 in 1994 and instead called this vehicle the A6, while the S4 was hence referred to as the S6. This new car saw only minor changes, which included a 4.2-liter V8 engine. The new B5 platform S4 was introduced in Europe in 1997, but only made its way to the US in 2000. This time, it housed a 2.7-liter V6 engine and could hit 100 kilometers per hour in just 5.6 seconds, making it the fastest sedan in the market.
1998: The Wagon is born
A 5-door Audi S4 wagon was introduced in 1998 and was otherwise known as the Audi S4 Avant. It had Electronic Differential Locks (EDL) and a manual 6-speed gearbox. This superb vehicle could hit top speeds of 230 kilometers per hour (155 mpg) and could go from zero to sixty 5/4 seconds. The production of this vehicle was discontinued in 2001.
2003-2005: Third time’s the charm
2003 witnessed the arrival of the Audi S4 for the third time. This ride came in three types—the sedan, the wagon, and the convertible—and featured a 4.2-liter V8 engine, which could hit 100 kilometers in just 52 seconds. In mid 2005, Audi replaced the B6 S4 with the B7 S4, but the differences between the two were minimal.
2007-2010: Leaps in power and technology
The 2007 S4 had a 340 hp, 252 cubic inch V8 engine and came with all-wheel drive, which was named “Quattro.” This vehicle could be bought with either six-speed manual transmission or six-speed automatic transmission that had “Tiptronic” technology, which allowed drivers to manually shift gears. It was also Bluetooth-enabled and pre-wired for satellite radio. In 2008, the S4 received a V8 engine that could generate 7000rpm and 340hp. The tech gadgets in the cabin, like Bluetooth phone and Sirius Satellite radio, also improved. 2009 and 2010 showcased an S4 that packed plenty of power and even added safety features like antilock brakes, electronic brake assist, and traction/stability control. New gadgets were also added like a six CD changer and MP3 player.
2012: The current S4 sedan
This fifth gen Audi S4 is now only available as a sedan. Its engine power remains as impressive as ever, and its cabin is styled in true Audi fashion.