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Audi S4 

Broadcast dates : 22nd May 2005
28th May 2005

Audiís new A4 range comes in a bewildering array of models.

There are no less than 31 of these, with engines ranging from 1,8 litre turbos, through 2-litres, petrol and diesel, 3-litre petrol, to 3,2 litre V6 petrol models. 

Then there are four transmission options.

But when all is said and done, thereís no denying that the Audi S4 is king of the mountain.

Subtle detailing, including the quad tail-pipes, tells the story of the performance Audi. 

The latest version of the S4 is more dramatic though, that 1930s Auto-Union grille speaking of days when the four rings motif dominated Grand Prix racing.

The interesting aspect of the performance car dust-up in Germany is that all the manufacturers try radically different combinations of engines, induction systems as well as drive trains.

The S4 uses V8 power, a six-speed manual Ďbox and Quattro drive

As a point of fact, when Car Magazine tested a pre-face-lift S4 they achieved a top speed of 265 kilometers per hour, measured with the latest GPS system.

This made it the fastest production saloon in the country. Itís subtle, stealthy and comfortable too.

The Quattro system imparts great stability, both in corners and under braking. And the rest of the chassis is up to scratch.
The S4 is also a great cruiser, being very refined.

The unique charm of the Audi S4 is that, despite its serious performance credentials, it can double so adeptly as a family chariot.

Yet, come a Friday drag meeting and it can live with the best of them in the sedan class.

Come Saturday and it can double as a wedding car. And thatís what we like about the Audi S4!

Audi S4
  • Engine: V8 petrol, 4 163 cc
  • Power: 253 kW @ 7 000 rpm
  • Torque: 410 Nm @ 3 500 rpm
  • Transmission: Six-speed manual gearbox, four-wheel-drive
  • 0-100 km/h: 5,79 seconds
  • Top speed: 265 km/h
  • Fuel consumption: 13,3 litres/100 km (Car Magazine figures)
  • Price: R518 500

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