The Audi A4 sedan is a very good car. It has some of the best dashboard technologies in the industry, very good turbocharger performance on all four wheels and an aesthetic that allows for a “discreet design” without seeming boring. As I said, it’s a very good car maybe one of the best in its class. The new 2018 Audi S4 takes this “very good car” base and turns it into a “fantastic driver’s car”, increasing the power, handling and pulse of the driver. However, even this sharp sport sedan retains the core of underestimation that is at the heart of the design and character of the A4.
The 2018 Audi S4 has been given one more time thoroughly like the 2018 Audi S5 two door (mainly). Unlike the 2018 Audi S5, the Audi S4 is only offered in an elegant style. Like the previous A4, the Audi S4 is sharpened by the latest generation, with a lower nose and raised headlights, as well as more pronounced wrinkles on the sides. The hood’s bypass lines are concealed by a tight fold in the body panels and help the 2018 Audi S4 get a more serious look. Standard LED lights help frame the arrival of the car; Dim, but pronounced, boomerang lamps look better than their 2018 Audi S5 counterparts. On the sides, the 2018 Audi S4 has a deeper fold in the body that does not read much under the lights of the showroom, but does it on the road. With a single disc shining in the sky projecting a light source on the head (also called sun), the body line of the 2018 Audi S4 projects a wider shadow along the profile that dispels our concern that Audi stylists were lazy (or maybe lazy).
The interior of the 2018 Audi S4 is tenuous, with the same focus as the outside. The deep and comfortable cubes are accented by diamond patterns in quilting; The door inserts are forged with alcantara and contrasting red stitching. The dashboard and center console are optimized with available carbon fiber inlays.
Spending more for an 2018 Audi S4 gains in interior functionality, but whatever the setting, the 2018 Audi S4 is equipped with a new 3.0 liter turbocharged V6 producing 354 horsepower and 369 lb-ft of torque. The only double displacement turbocharger is placed between the cylinder groups to feed both sides, but it will first feed a group to reduce the turbulence delay. In our tests, we find that it works. The 2018 Audi S4 never feels out of breath. Shake the 2018 Audi S4 at 60 mph in 4.4 seconds, faster than the BMW 340i and Mercedes Benz AMG C43. The new turbo V6 benefits from Audi’s long history of forced induction. The turbo shift has been repressed for not nearly registering with the driver’s right foot (most of the available torque is activated at 1350 rpm) and the acceleration is fast and without drama. The 2018 Audi S4 is all automatic this time. An 8 speed automatic transmission, combined with the RS 7 gearbox, is the only available partner for the turbo 6. Although the reliable changes are broken, the paddle change in the speed of 8 is not particularly accurate nor fast, the transmission will automatically change in the red line, in manual mode or not. Whichever driving mode is selected, the 2018 Audi S4 wants to go into gear to save fuel, unless it’s at the bottom of the accelerator. Like previous generations, the 2018 Audi S4 is equipped as standard with the AWD, which Audi calls Quattro. The 40/60 torque division, from front to back, is performance oriented and keeps the car in shape while bending. The grip is not easily abandoned and, if necessary, the 2018 Audi S4 will politely put the drivers in shape, no wild slides here. The four wheel independent suspension is standard and a revised five arm front configuration was made of lighter aluminum to reduce unsprung weight. Adaptive dampers are available for the first time in the 2018 Audi S4 and reduce ride height by almost an inch. When adjusting the Comfort to Dynamic dampers, the car becomes rigid, but we can not stop calling the rigid 2018 Audi S4. Each route selection configuration (Comfort, Dynamic, Automatic and Individual) is closer to comfort than absolute performance. It’s clear that the 2018 Audi S4 is destined to be a better ensemble this time around. The new sport rear differential available for the first time on the second generation 2018 Audi S4 and Audi models alters rear wheel power, in addition to front to rear service that drives the center of the differential standard. The rear differential allows the 2018 Audi S4 to perform competently on the track, but it also comes with a sporty steering configuration that we would like to control.
The 2018 Audi S4 starts at $ 50,900 for the Premium Plus entry point or $ 55,800 for the best equipped Prestige model, before a $ 975 destination fee and any option button checked. The Audi sports saloon will match BMW’s C 340 and Mercedes Benz AMG sedans when it hits the road this month.