09-22-2002, 12:16 AM
I left audiworld for about 3 weeks to start my new semester off on the right foot, and i missed the release of the new s4 pics and specs???
can someone fill me in please.
09-22-2002, 11:05 AM
Audi's new S4 will pack a sizeable performance punch when launched in the United States next fall as a 2004 model.
The S4's new powerplant is a version of Ingolstat's 4.2-liter V8, producing 344 hp at 7000 rpm and 296 lb-ft of torque between 3000 and 4500 rpm. The power flows to all four wheels via a six-speed manual gearbox or an optional seven-speed Tiptronic automatic.
Audi's S4 move is the first step in a plan to provide all of its future S models with non-turbo engines, according to insiders. To that end, the next S6 gets an all-new 5.0-liter V10. Topping the lineup is an S8 fitted with a 6.0-liter W12 mill, at least in Europe. U.S. officials say Audi hasn't decided whether to market a W12 S8 in the States.
Much of the S4's chassis development was carried out on the Nürburgring in a move Audi claims will see it go one better dynamically than the Mercedes-Benz C32 AMG and BMW M3.