Audi’s S4 and S4 Avant will be back for 2016 with quite a few new features, and crowds at the Frankfurt International Motor Show (IAA) were the first to discover what those features are.
“From day one, our formula for success has been a combination of outstanding quattro performance, restrained design, and state of the art drive train, suspension, and infotainment technology,” said Professor Dr. Ulrich Hackenberg, Member of the Audi Board of Management for Technical Development, in a Sept. 15 press release. “The new Audi S4 and S4 Avant impressively continue this sporty tradition.”
The 3.0-liter TFSI V6 engine found in these Sport models has been revamped to create 354 hp and 368.8 lb-ft, making this daily driver capable of reaching 62 mph from a stop in 4.7 seconds. An eight-speed tiptronic transmission ensures all that power goes directly through the quattro all-wheel drive system, with an average torque split of 60 percent to the rear axle and 40 to the front. Of course, that differential is adjusted depending on driving conditions; in those cases, up to 70 percent of the torque can go to the front, while the rear can receive up to 85 percent.
Moving from the engine to the interior, the S4 and S4 Avant enjoy comfortable seating for up to five passengers, with each enjoying seats covered in pearl Nappa leather and Alcantara. The two fabrics are combined, sporting the colors ebony, rotor gray and magma red. The inlays are made of matte brushed aluminum, and the S4 logo can be found embossed on the seats and illuminated on door sills.
Technology has been upgraded with the optional Audi virtual cockpit, which offers a fully digital instrument cluster and a head-up display. The MMI operating system and Audi connect hardware are also included with the S4 and S4 Avant, providing high-speed internet access and a WiFi hotspot. Sound is provided by Bang & Olufsen.
Driver assist programs for these models come in the form of predictive efficiency assistant, active lane assist, adaptive cruise control, park assist, cross traffic assist, exit warning, collision avoidance assist, turn assist and pre sense systems. Topping it all off is a camera-based traffic sign recognition system.
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