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2011 Audi S4 Review

2010/10/28
2011 Audi S4 Review

2011 Audi S4 Review

Review

The 2011 Audi S4 is a performance focused vehicle with a price tag to match. With a base MSRP of $46,600, this car is less your typical daily driver and more your head turning power house. The 3.0 liter engine produces an impressive 333 horsepower with 325 foot pounds of torque, aided by a supercharger. With all this power, the 2011 Audi S4 still manages to give its driver a fuel economy of 27 mpg on the highway, a 26% improvement over the previous year.
Transmission and Handling of the 2011 Audi S4

The S4 is available in both 6 speed manual transmissions and 7 speed auto-shift manual transmissions, both of which come with overdrive. The S4 features all wheel drive with independent front and rear multi-link suspension with anti-roll bar. Available options include an electro-mechanical limited slip differential, ride control, and adaptive suspension for maximum vehicle stability and control. As for steering, the S4 comes standard with rack and pinion steering with hydraulic speed sensitive power-assisted steering so the driver always feels in control of the vehicle and yet receives greater assistance at ultra low speeds for ease in parking and similar applications.

The 7 speed “S-Tronic” transmission will also allow drivers to choose between comfort, auto, or dynamic modes to enhance the entire driving and handling experience. These modes will vary the speed shifting response, the speed-sensitive steering, and the response of the throttle. It is also worth noting that the “S-Tronic” dual-clutch transmission can be driven either as a manual via paddles or an automatic, so driving experience can change in an instant given the mood of the driver.
A Look Under the Hood

A supercharged 3.0 liter V6 engine that produces 333 horsepower and still meets all EPA emissions regulations is something special. The S4 operates on gasoline, however does require premium grade. Although the S4 is capable of 27 mpg on the highway, the combined estimated fuel economy is about 21 mpg, which could be considered poor by some. Keep in mind, however, that for the power this engine puts out, the fuel economy really isn’t that bad considering.
Style and Design

To put it bluntly, the S4 is a darn good-looking vehicle. A chrome grill, rocker panel extensions, and sleek curves make this four door sedan a car anyone would be proud to be seen in. The general styling hasn’t changed much in keeping with previous years, but Audi has made the new S4 somewhat lighter, weighing in at about 3,847 pounds compared to the 3,984 pounds of the 2010 model. Competitive vehicles include the BMW M3, the Cadillac CTS-V, the Lexus IS-F, and the Mercedes C63 AMG.
Interior Options and Safety Features

Leather sport seats with heated power front seats and driver and passenger lumbar support make riding in the S4 both stylish and comfortable. Navigation and premium sound systems are available for upgrade, as well as 19″ wheels and a rear back up camera with parking sensors. Programmable memory seats are available for more than one driver, and a DVD player can be added for entertainment.

In terms of safety, the S4 features 4 wheel anti-lock brakes, front, side, and curtain airbags, tire pressure monitoring, rear child locks, and rear LATCH provisions for child seats to name a few. To date, the 2011 Audi S4 has no crash safety ratings available as they have not yet been performed.
Owning a 2011 Audi S4

Overall, the new S4 is a well performing vehicle with pretty good fuel economy for its class. To be behind the wheel is to feel prestigious and there is no doubt one will receive many looks of appreciation from others wishing they had the same car.

Source: automobile

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