The 2005 Audi S4 is a high performance version of the A4, which is a compact executive car. The first S4 was built from 1991 to 1994 and was a performance-based version of the Audi 100 sedan. The next version of the S4 was launched in 1997, and this version, along with subsequent ones, would be based on the Audi A4.
The 2005 Audi S4 is made on the Audi B7 platform, and the company has marketed it as a new car. However, the differences between the B7 and the previous B6 platform are practically cosmetic. The same 4.2-liter engine from the previous version has been retained. Mechanical changes include revised springs and dampers. However, the most distinguishable features between the 2005 Audi S4 and the pre-2005 models are that the former now has the new trapezoidal single-frame grille, L-shaped taillights, bi-Xenon high-intensity discharge lamp headlights, and discrete V8 badging under the side repeater indicators.
Body Styles: sedan, wagon, convertible
Engines: 4.2-liter V-8
Transmissions: five-speed Tiptronic automatic, six-speed manual
Models: Audi S4 Quattro, Audi S4 Avant Quattro, Audi S4 Cabriolet
The 2005 Audi S4 has a new AM/FM/satellite/navigation antenna. Everything else remains the same as in the 2004 model year.
The 2005 Audi S4 is available as a sedan, wagon, and convertible. All three models have distinct exterior elements, but there are some common elements as well. The Xenon headlights are one of them with a unique S-model execution. Large front air intakes are also added, and side mirrors are fitted with aluminum accents. The sedan has a unique rear spoiler, while the wagon has aluminum roof rails. The Avant wagon also has a full-sized cargo cover with protective net, and a dual-loading cargo floor. The convertible version, which is called the Cabriolet, has a different grille than the sedans. Moreover, the exhaust pipes in the Cabriolet are larger, and there are certain structural changes in the sills, A-pillars, and other areas.
All 2005 Audi S4 models are fitted with a 60/40-split folding seat in the rear and can hold five occupants. The instrument panel is predominantly gray, but the steering wheel has a dash of luxury with leather wrappings. Models with automatic transmission are fitted with Tiptronic shift paddles. The seats have leather upholstery, and the optional Recaro sport seats come with a 12-way power adjustment. The front is spacious enough for comfort, but legroom at the rear can be a little too small for comfort. Trunk space is just decent enough to get by without complaints.
Performance & Handling
The 2005 Audi S4 has a 4.2-liter, V-8 engine under its hood that can provide 340 horsepower at 7000 rpm and 302 lb-ft of torque at 3500 rpm. Audi claims that the S4 can go from standstill to 60 mph within 5.3 seconds when it has the six-speed manual transmission fitted in. It has a specially tuned exhaust system and is designed for performance; it comes as no surprise to find that the car is fast and capable.
Like the refined A4, the 2005 Audi S4 also has good handling, and it rides smoothly on roads without giving any hint about its weight. Steering effort is minimal, and the convertible has especially fast response times. The manual shift offers less than perfect acceleration, but it comes very close to the real deal. The shifts, however, are a little jerky at times. The car is best handled on smooth roads, as rough roads can take a particularly harsh toll on the ride quality.
The 2005 Audi S4 is fitted with anti-lock brakes with electronic differential locks in the front and rear with electronic brake pressure regulation in the rear. Standard safety features include full-length side curtain airbags and seat-mounted side impact airbags in the front. Side impact airbags for the rear seat are optional features. The front seatbelts are height-adjustable and come with load limiters. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gives four out of five starts in terms of driver and passenger safety in frontal impact tests. The front side has a five star rating in side crash tests, while the rear side has a four star rating.
EPA Fuel Economy
Audi S4: 14/21 mpg city/highway
- Precise handling
- Lively performance
- Refined driving experience
- Ride quality is great on smooth roads
- Comfortable and supportive seats
You Won't Like
- Problematic manual transmission
- Poor fuel economy
- Lack of legroom in the rear
A performance-enhanced A4 but does not match up to the BMW M3.
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