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Audi S4 Test
The Audi S4 sits at the top of the pile in the A4 class. Except Audi haven’t just taken an A4 and made it faster. No sir, they take this stuff seriously, they made a special car and put an S4 badge on it.
Of course the S4 shares that A4 shape, except it’s got a healthy dose of testosterone to make it stand out in the crowd.
They put the big boy up front in the form on a 3-liter V6 with a supercharger strapped on for good measure. This makes the S4 deliver it’s 245kW in fine form.
To help you along your way you get the Audi Quattro system, making the car stick to the road like poo on a blanket. The handling is something you just need to experience, to believe.
On the inside the car is adorned with S4 badges, and you get special S4 bucket seats. The gear box has a nifty sport setting, that when activated awakens a dragon in the exhaust to deliver the most thrilling noise.
The S4 is a good car. It has 4 doors, a boot and a comfortable ride. It’s light on the steering when you’re tootling down to the shops, and easy to park.
The doors aren’t very heavy, so its easy to get in an out of, easy to park, visibility is great, all round it’s a good car. A very good car.
Of course if you’re buying an S4, you’re not just going to be tootling to the shops now are you? Nope, from time to time you’ll want to find out what the S4 is capable of, and this is where you’ll be pleasantly surprised.
The S4 delivers everything you could wish, and more. Power delivery is instant. Put your foot down and it’ll hurry it’s way through the gears propelling you very rapidly to a stupidly dangerous speed.
But you don’t need to worry about that. Should you find yourself at speed needing to get around a corner, the S4 will handle that for you with no drama. At all.
Grip in the S4 is relentless. The Quattro system not only manages traction front to back, but manages the traction left to right too. And it does it quicker than you can blink.
We took the S4 over some mountain roads to see what’s what. Pulling up the hill on Bains Kloof, I put it through a succession of rapid corners. They’re sharp, the road is wet and the stretches in between aren’t very long.
One corner after the next the S4 handles predictably. It does exactly what you expect. Brake late, then turn hard and you understeer slightly, before you’re back on the gas, the S4 corrects and you’re hurtling to the next corner.
Foot off the gas for a split second, turn into the corner, lay on the brakes, and the S4 turns perfectly inside the lines. Power on out the bend, and you get no tail-wagging-wheel-spinning shenanigans. Just plain and simple power, grip and control.
Corner after corner after corner the S4 just delivered predictable precision.
The S4 is a thrilling drive when you give it a solid right foot, but performs delicately when being driven around town in normal ‘civilization’.