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4 June, 2012 : Audi has released the new sporty and gamey Audi S4 with a price tag of Rs. 45,31,000 lakh onwards (ex-showroom Maharashtra) . Audi India has introduced this car after receiving a strong response to the campaign,’ Vote for the S4 and bring it to India’ on the social media sites. Audi S4 comes powered by a V6 3.0 TFSI engine that churns out 333 hp of peak power and 440 Nm of torque. The mileage of Audi S4 is 10.34 km/l as per ARAI. The S4 sedan is the incarnation of the tamed sportiness typical of the German auto manufacturer. The revamped model comes with refreshed bumpers, hexagonal single-frame grille, wedge-shaped xenon headlamps incorporated in the LED daytime lights and LED rear lights.
Audi India is one of the luxury car makers, which has produced several classy vehicles. Among the models available, Audi S4 is a premium sedan, which is available in a single petrol variant. It is incorporated with a powerful 3.0-litre TFSI petrol engine that has the total displacement capacity of 2995cc. This motor is capable of generating a peak power of 328.55bhp in combination with torque output of 440Nm, which is quite good considering the Indian road and traffic conditions. It is skillfully paired with a 7-speed S tronic automatic transmission gear box. This vehicle is blessed with an efficient suspension system that helps in maintaining its stability on any road conditions. This mechanism is assisted by dynamic stability control function. Its disc braking system is also quite reliable that is further improved by ABS along with EBD. Another important aspect is the electromechanical parking brake that includes parking brake as well as automatic release function. This stylish sedan is blessed with a striking outer appearance that is further enhanced by numerous styling features. Starting with its front fascia, there is a radiant headlight cluster integrated with high intensity headlamps and day time running lights. While the bumper is neatly sculpted, which is fitted with a large air intake section that gives an attractive look to its frontage. Its side profile includes external mirrors as well as neatly carved wheel arches that are equipped with a set of alloy wheels. Its rear end features a bright tail light cluster, which surrounds the expressive boot lid. Another interesting aspect is the panoramic sun roof that is made of tinted single glazed safety glass. The buyers can enhance its sporty appearance by selecting the S line exterior package that includes reinforced bumpers, additional stone guard, body cover and door sill trims with S line logo as well. In terms of interiors, it has a huge cabin space that is packed with many advanced features. It interior section is decorated with a two tone color scheme, while there is fine quality leather upholstery used for covering the well cushioned seats, which offers maximum comfort to its occupants. There is an advanced infotainment system available that allows its occupants to listen to their favorite tracks and stay entertained all through their journey. It has luggage compartment package that includes a net, power socket as well as fastening hooks. In addition to these, this sedan is bestowed with many utility based aspects along with some storage spaces as well. When it comes to safety, it has full size front and rear side airbags, tyre pressure monitoring display, engine immobilizer, central locking system and many other such features. All these put together, makes it one of the safest vehicles in this segment. Apart from these, it comes with a dynamic steering system that makes it quite easier for the driver to steer according to the driving situation. This sedan is offered with some exciting body paint options for the customers to select from. It is offered with a standard warranty of two years or unlimited kilometers, whichever comes first. This period can be further increased at a nominal price. Its major competitors in the market include BMW 5 Series, Jaguar XF, Mercedes Benz CLA Class and a few others in this segment.
The outer appearance of Audi S4 is simply amazing that will definitely catch attention of a number of car enthusiasts. It has a robust yet stylish body structure that is equipped with a lot of interesting aspects, which further augments its overall appearance. It is blessed with an aggressive hexagonal shaped single framed radiator grill that is treated with chrome. It has a prominent insignia of the company neatly embossed in its center. This grille is flanked by a well designed headlight cluster, which is integrated with high intensity xenon plus headlamps and LED daytime running lights as well. It has automatic dynamic headlight beam control along with durable gas discharge technology. There is a laminated front windscreen, which is fitted with a pair of rain sensing wipers. It is quite wide and offers better all round visibility to the driver. There are a few visible character lines available on its sleek bonnet that makes it more appealing. Below the radiator grille is a body colored bumper that is equipped with an air dam that cools the engine in no time. It is further surrounded by a couple of bright fog lamps that enhances visibility during foggy climatic conditions. Its side profile looks attractive and includes some impressive features. It has body colored pull type door handles and outside rear view mirrors that are painted in body color, while the window sill is garnished with chrome. These external mirrors are electrically adjustable as well folding and integrated with LED side turn blinkers. Moreover, these come with heating and automatic anti glare along with memory function. The look of its side profile is further augmented by neatly carved wheel arches that are fitted with an elegant set of 18-inch cast aluminum alloy wheels with five parallel spoke design (S design). Coming to the rear end, it has a well sculpted bumper and an expressive boot lid that has the company's emblem neatly engraved on it. There is a sporty roof spoiler that is equipped with an LED high mount stop lamp. It includes a large rear windshield that is made of green tinted glass. This includes wash and wipe function along with a defogger as well. Apart from these, it has dual exhaust pipes that completes the look of its rear profile.
The automaker has built this stunning with a perfect sporty dimensions. It has an overall length of 4716mm, which is pretty good and a total width of 2040mm, which includes outside rear view mirrors as well. It has an overall height of 1406mm, whereas its wheelbase comes to 2811mm, which is impressive and indicates to roomy interiors. This vehicle has 1552mm and 1539mm of front and rear tread respectively. Meanwhile, it has the gross weight of 2255 kgs along with the kerb weight of 1780 kgs. It has the minimum turning radius of 5.75 meters and includes a centrally mounted fuel tank, which is capable of holding around 61 litres of petrol in it.
Ed's Take: The interiors of the S4 are tweaked from that of the A4. It gets bucket-like seats with suede leather, and of course a lot more option settings.
This eye catching sedan is blessed with plush interiors that gives a luxurious feel to its occupants. There are various interior color schemes offered for the buyers to select from. The cabin is quite spacious and it is packed with a number of advanced features. The cockpit has a smooth dashboard that includes several equipments on it. These include a four spoke, sporty steering wheel, which is wrapped with premium leather and a stylish instrument cluster that displays various notifications for the convenience of driver. There are electrically adjustable front seats, while the driver's seat has memory function. The rear seat comes with folding facility, which helps to bring in more luggage. These seats not only provide comfort but also offers good support, which is a plus point during long journeys. The company has used fine quality Milano leather upholstery for covering these seats. Its center console is neatly designed and is fitted with an advanced music system that offers best in-car entertainment. The door trim as well as panels have walnut dark brown finishing that further gives an appealing look to its interiors. There are power operated windows and automatic air conditioning unit as well, which cools the cabin quickly. Apart from these, it includes several storage as well as utility based aspects available that makes its occupants feel more convenient.
The company has blessed this luxurious sedan with best in class features that ensures a pleasurable driving experience. It has a three zone automatic air conditioning unit with sunlight dependent control system. This AC unit automatically controls the air temperature, flow rate, separate temperature distribution for driver, front seat passenger and rear seat. It has a control panel for setting the temperature, light and humidity sensor, automatic recirculation mode, air quality sensor with combined fine dust filter and indirect ventilation. Its electric steering wheel comes with height adjustable function with automatic entry and exit system as well. The advanced attention assist system is the part of driver information system that analyses the driving behavior using a range of sensors and warns the driver in bad conditions. The advanced cruise control system maintains a steady speed above 30 Kmph on the highways. The company has given it a lot of storage aspects like map pockets for all doors, an illuminated glove box with cooling effect, a couple of drink holders in center console, bag hooks in boot compartment, storage nets in front seat back pockets and many other such aspects. It is also blessed with an Audi sound system, which has 6-channel amplifier, 10-speakers including central speaker on dashboard and subwoofer in rear parcel shelf. This music system supports a MMI radio plus along with single CD player, MP3 and Bluetooth interface. It supports other input options like USB port and AUX-In. It also has Audi music interface fitted in the center console, which comes with the connectivity of iPods, iPhone, USB storage media and MP3 players. Apart from these, it also has electrically adjustable driver seat with memory function and 4-way lumbar support, rear parking system, interior light with delayed switch off, interior mirror with anti glare action, electrical sun blind for rear window and several other aspects.
This vehicle is designed with a spacious internal cabin owing to its large wheelbase of 2811mm that can take in five passengers with ease. It offers ample leg room to its occupants, which gives a relaxing driving experience. The maximum headroom measures about 1015mm along with elbow room of 1463mm and shoulder space of 1410mm that is quite sufficient. It comes with a spacious luggage compartment of 480 litres, which is good enough for storing a lot of stuff. This space can be further increased up to 962 litres by folding its rear seat.
Ed's Take: The acceleration produced by the S4 sufficient to push you back into your seat.
This vehicle is powered by a commanding motor that enables it to cross the speed mark of 100 Kmph in just five seconds, which is incredible. It has the ability to achieve a top speed of 250 Kmph, which is rather impressive.
Ed's Take: The 3.0-litre supercharged V6 engine of the S4 has good outright performance and its power isn’t too much to burn rubber on the road and not even too less for daily usage.
This Audi S4 premium sedan is equipped with a powerful 3.0-litre, V6, TFSI (turbo fuel stratified engine) petrol power plant under the bonnet. It comes with mechanical charger module and displaces 2995cc. It is integrated with six cylinders and 24-valves using DOHC based valve configuration. It has the ability to churn out a massive power output of 241.6bhp between 5500 to 6500rpm along with a whopping torque output of 440Nm in the range of 2900 to 5300rp, which is rather good for Indian road conditions. This engine is cleverly mated with a seven speed S-Tronic automatic transmission gear box with quattro permanent all wheel driver system. This engine is incorporated with a direct injection fuel supply system, which allows the sedan to deliver a decent fuel economy.
Ed's Take: The mileage of the S4 isn’t of any importance to the buyer as his main motive is performance.
As certified by the Automotive Research Association of India, its petrol mill is capable of returning a maximum fuel economy of 10.34 Kmpl on the bigger roads. At the same time, it can give a mileage of around 7.15 Kmpl, when it is driven under standard city traffic conditions. This power plant is integrated with a direct fuel injection system that helps in avoiding the excessive heat and pressure wastage.
Ed's Take: The power produced by the 3.0-litre supercharged V6 is good on paper, as the S4 produces about 330bhp and the other A4 comes with a maximum power of 245bhp.
Its V6 power plant has the ability to churn out a peak power of 328.55bhp in the range of 5500 to 6500rpm. It can generate a maximum torque output of 440Nm that ranges between 2900 to 5300rpm, which is rather impressive keeping in view the country's road conditions.
Ed's Take: The S4 gets all the bells and whistles one will want in a luxury vehicle, and several are available as options too.
For in-car entertainment, there is an advanced Audi sound system available that enhances the ambiance of cabin with music. It has 6-channel amplifier, 10-speakers including central speaker on dashboard and subwoofer in rear parcel shelf. It comes with a remote control and has MMI radio plus along with single CD player, MP3 and Bluetooth interface. It supports other input options like USB port and AUX-In. It also has Audi music interface fitted in the center console and is operated through the MMI or multifunction steering wheel. It comes with the connectivity of 4th generation and higher Apple iPods, iPhone, USB storage media and MP3 players. The advanced symphony radio includes concert radio with integrated 6-disc and CD changer. The driver information system has high resolution 7-inch TFT color display, which provides information from trip computer, auto check system, scope of display of the MMI system, brake wear indicator at front and digital speed display. It has a leather wrapped steering wheel, which is mounted with audio, cruise and phone control switches. Apart from these, it also has luggage compartment package with tough loading facility and removable snowboard bag, front and rear seats with heating function, memory function for driver seat and leather armrest for door trims. In addition to these. The owners can also customize it with a few aspects like TV reception, Bang and Olufsen sound system, parking system plus with rear view camera, Audi drive select and several other aspects.
Ed's Take: The handling of the S4 phenomenal and much better than the A4, the suspension is tuned for better handling.
This Audi S4 sedan has a dual circuit diagonally split braking system, which has calipers with S4 emblem. The front wheels are fitted with a robust set of ventilated disc brakes, while the rear ones have conventional disc brakes, which perform exceptionally well on any road conditions. This braking mechanism is further augmented by anti lock braking system along with electronic brake force distribution and brake assist. It also has electromechanical parking brake and tandem booster that improves this mechanism. On the other hand, this sedan is equipped with sports suspension with damper control system, which electronically control the adaptation to different driving situations. The front axle is fitted with a five link, lightweight suspension, whereas rear axle is assembled with an independent trapezoidal link with a mounted sub-frame. This mechanism is further assisted by twin tube gas filled shock absorbers and coil springs. It is blessed with a rack and pinion based dynamic steering system, which comes with speed dependent servo assistance. This steering wheel improves comfort and handling by dynamically regulating the steering according to its driving situation. It is highly responsive and minimizes the efforts of driving even during heavy traffic conditions.
Ed's Take: The safety features list on the Audi S4 is huge with multiple airbags, ABS, all-wheel drive Quattro to never run out of grip, ESP and traction control.
This premium sedan is blessed with a number of protective aspects, which enhances the safety of its occupants. It is bestowed with an adaptive front-end collision protection system with seat position recognition. It has front and side airbags along with head airbag system, which gives the driver and occupants enhanced safety in case of any collision. This vehicle has a galvanized body structure along with front and rear crumple zones that reduces the impact of accidents in case of any crash. There are three point inertia seat belts for all seats along with force limiters and belt tensioners along with seat belt reminder notification with buzzer. The anti-slip regulation reduces spinning of the wheels and improves traction of the vehicle. It has electronic differential lock that provides assistance by automatically braking on slippery or wet surface. The electronic stabilization program provides better stability at all speeds by targeted braking of individual wheels and intervention in the engine management system. It has a safety steering system with shunt mechanism with damping function to supplement the protection offered by the seat belts. The anti-lock braking system along with electronic brake force distribution prevents the sedan from skidding. The start/stop system helps in reducing the fuel consumption and CO2 emission by switching off the engine in stationary phases. In addition to these, it also has electronically controlled sports differential that distributes the variable amount of drive force to each wheels and ensures outstanding acceleration. The remote operated central locking system helps in opening and locking of doors at the touch of a button. It has a tyre pressure loss indicator displayed on the driver information system, which gives visual and acoustic warning, if the pressure drops in one or more tyres. It also has the attention assist system that analyses the driving behavior and warns the driver. The parking system makes reverse parking easier by indicating the distance from an obstacle behind the vehicle. Other safety aspects in this sedan include electromechanical parking brake, brake assist, tandem brake booster, hold assist, first aid kit, warning triangle, ESP with electronic axle-differential lock, anti-theft wheel bolts, dynamic steering, suspension with damper control and a space saving spare wheel. All these aspects put together makes it one of the safest sedan to drive.
The flared up wheel arches of this premium sedan is fitted with a modish set of 18-inch cast aluminum wheels with five parallel spoke design (S design). These rims are further covered with 245/40 R18 sized tubeless radial tyres. The company has also provided a full size space saving spare wheel, which is affixed in the boot compartment with all other tools required for changing a flat tyre.
1. Marvelous interior design with innovative features.
2. S line package makes the exteriors look sophisticated.
3. Tremendous engine performance with perkier acceleration.
4. Safety levels are much higher in comparison to others in this segment.
5. Innovative comfort features are a big plus.
1. Low ground clearance makes it slightly difficult to drive.
2. Fuel economy is below par in comparison to its competitors.
3. Initial cost of ownership is quite expensive.
4. Maintenance and spare part cost is too high.
5. Audi Drive Select can be given as standard.
Audi S4, the sporty derivative of the Audi A4 Sedan has been very much in conversations lately for its speculated launch in the Indian sub-continent. Some time back, the Audi S4 was even caught in the lens while undergoing the feasibility tests. The Brand Director of Audi, India Mr. Michael Perschke has been regularly responding to the queries that the fans of the brand across the country have been tweeting. Mr. Perschke commented, “so many people are asking me to bring Audi S4 to India. I would love to but economies of scale have to work in favor of S4”. In another tweet he said, “be rest assured that given the demand for S4 we will bring it to India”.
The luxury auto giant from Germany, Audi in a span of 5 years has emerged as one of the leading luxury car-makers in the country with their vast model line-up. Audi is eyeing the expansion of its portfolio and has planned to do that in style with a hint of sportiness. The company is mulling over the launch of Audi S4 which is sporty derivative of the Audi A4 sedan. Backing this assertion is the fact that Audi India has been recently caught carrying on a feasibility test on the S4 for the car market of India; however, no official announcement has been made by the company yet. The S4 is based on the Audi A4 with minor changes in the body design in order to render the car a sporty look; incidentally, Audi A4 is on its way for a grand launch in India.