Intro: The 2011 Audi S4 performance sedan has all the luxury equipment that has made the A4 sedan on which it is based so popular. The S4, however spices things up for the discerning performance driving enthusiast with a supercharged V6 and a sport-tuned suspension.
At first glance, visual differences from the standard A4 are barely discernable. Further inspection reveals an upgraded chrome grille, chrome quad exhaust tips, and the "S4" designation in subtle locations such as the brake calipers.
Performance: The S4 is powered by a supercharged 3-liter V6. It makes 333 horsepower and 325 pound feet of torque, sent to Audi's Quattro all wheel drive through either a 6-speed manual or 7-speed S-Tronic automatic transmission.
Fuel Economy: Here are the highest and lowest EPA estimates for fuel economy:
Features: The interior of the 5-passenger S4 is sharp and well laid-out. The center console is home to controls for the MMI multimedia interface. This system incorporates the available navigation system, vehicle operational settings, and the audio system.
All passengers are treated to a standard leather interior with the "S4" logo pressed into the seatbacks. The front passenger and driver benefit from heated seats, while the carbon fiber inlays throughout the interior drive home the performance theme.
Safety: Standard safety features include 4-wheel antilock brakes with electronic brake force distribution, electronic stability program, impact protection with reinforced steel and aluminum cross members, and a full array of front and side impact airbags.
Pricing: Base MSRP for the 2011 Audi S4 is $46,600. The "Prestige" trim with navigation starts at $52,900.
Warranty: The S4 is backed by a 4-year, 50,000-mile powertrain warranty.
Summary: For the luxury driver looking for the added performance of a supercharged powerplant and a sport-tuned ride, the S4 delivers with an understated package that's as good looking as it is potent.