By KBB.com Editors
Audi's S4 takes all that is good about the A4 Sedan (comfortable interior, reasonable dimensions, razor-sharp handling) and ratchets it up a few notches by adding a potent V8 engine, standard quattro all-wheel drive and a race-inspired suspension. Designed to compete with the BMW M and Mercedes-Benz AMG Series, Audi expands the sports car definition by offering the S4 in sedan, wagon (known as the S4 Avant) and convertible forms. Comfortable enough to use as a daily driver, yet equally at home on a closed race track, the S4 delivers unrelenting doses of speed and agility, allowing even the novice driver to feel like a seasoned pro. The S4's $50,000 price tag and limited production numbers ensure the lucky owner a small measure of exclusivity.You'll Like This Car If...
If you're a high-performance enthusiast who doesn't like to compromise, you'll love the Audi S4. It's a remarkable combination of abundant power, incredible performance, phenomenal handling and a stunning interior providing first-rate comfort and luxury.You May Not Like This Car If...
You won't like this car if you have to stick to a budget. It's not inexpensive to purchase, or to insure, or to keep the gas tank full. It's terrific, but it's not for everybody.What's Significant About This Car?
The S4 receives sporty new front and rear bumpers with optional carbon fiber trim. The S4's Symphony stereo loses its cassette deck but gains a six-disc CD changer capable of playing MP3-encoded CDs, and a power moonroof is now standard.Driving It Driving Impressions
The S4's levels of acceleration, handling and braking are simply far beyond most drivers' previous automotive experiences. Even those with considerable time in very high-performance cars will likely be seriously impressed. Audi offers a choice of two transmissions: A six-speed manual or the optional SporTronic automatic, the later operated with steering wheel-mounted shift paddles. The quattro system is a perfect match for the engine, and does an exemplary job of delivering the V8's remarkable output to all four wheels for the optimum in traction, handling and stability. Although there is nothing subtle about the S4's ride quality, for those who want a car like this it's a small trade-off when compared to the S4's awesome performance level.Favorite Features
Recaro Sport Seats
The S4's Recaro sport seats are outstanding. They hold you in all the right places without pinching. Add the optional Alcantara upholstery and the interior becomes even more stunning.
Audi Navigation System
The available Audi navigation system displays route direction on a small screen tucked neatly between the speedometer and tach. This makes it quite easy to read the directions, as they are in your line of sight, rather than off to the side.