Audi has unleashed an all-new S4 high-performance sedan at the IAA in
Frankfurt. Alongside it, the Avant version also made its debut.
With intelligent lightweight design, powerful engines, an extensive package of the latest technologies, and 354 hp, 0 to 60 mph in 4.4 seconds, Audi hopes to gain ground on its competitors, which include the BMW M3 and Mercedes-AMG C63 S.
The all-new S4 is expected to go on sale in the U.S. market in 2016. The Avant is not planned for the U.S. market.
2017 S4 Sedan's Exterior Design
The appearance of the new S4 models is subtly understated. At the front, the Singleframe grille and the accentuated horizontal lines underline the width. The bumpers and air inlets are prominently profiled. Many of the add-on parts are painted in finely graduated matt gray tones, accentuated with chrome trimming at selected points.
The exterior mirror housings in aluminum look are a visual highlight on the clear flowing side lines. The strongly profiled sill trims also give both models a striking appearance. On the tailgate, a separating edge provides targeted aerodynamics. The S-specific rear bumper integrates a black honeycomb grille, an S-typical diffuser clip, and the four tailpipes of the dual-branch exhaust system. Intelligent composite construction characterizes the body. This makes it exceptionally torsionally rigid, safe, and lightweight. It is the basis for the low unladen weight of the car. The sedan with quattro drive as standard tips the scales at 3593 lbs (1,630 kilograms).
The spacious interior can comfortably hold five passengers. The acoustic comfort sets new standards in the class, while the build quality is at a very high level. The Audi S4 Avant provides 505 to 1,510 liters (17.8 to 53.3 cu ft) of luggage space depending on the position of the rear backrests. The S4 Sedan has 480 liters (17.0 cu ft) of luggage capacity in the trunk. The homogeneous styling with broad air vent strip on the instrument panel and integrated air conditioning control panel gives the interior a generous width. In darkness, LED light guides outline the profiles of the doors and the center console.
The S sport seats are covered in a combination of pearl Nappa leather and Alcantara in the colors ebony, rotor gray and magma red. They have adjustable side sections, integrated headrests, and a pneumatic massage function. Typically for an S model, black is the dominant color in the interior. The standard inlays are made of matt brushed aluminum. Details such as the illuminated door sill trims with S4 logos, the embossing in the seats, and the special S4 start screen round off the equipment.
The technical innovations in the interior include the optional Audi virtual cockpit. The fully digital instrument cluster displays all key information on a high-resolution 12.3 inch screen using detailed graphics. The driver can choose between three views - one of them is an exclusive Sport screen, which moves the rev counter into the center.
The second major innovation on the S4 models is the MMI operating system. Its operating logic is similar to that of the latest smartphones, including the intelligent free text search function.