2010 Audi S4

February 1, 2011 at 2:55 pm

When choosing between a 414-horsepower M3 and a 300-horsepower BMW 335i, many things should be taken into consideration. Well-equipped, the latter’s price is approximately $50,000 while the former is almost $70,000. Luckily enough, Audi has the answer. The 2010 S4 costs around $60,000, because of a sale in fall 2009. It offers an alternative that, considering performance and price, falls between the couple of 3s.

Given the economic instability and the dread of increasing gas prices, sport V-8-powered sedans are facing an image dilemma. But there may be a substitute for displacement. Audi offers one. It is called “3.0 TFSI”. Habitually, when Audi places a “T” in a badge it represents a turbocharger. But in the new S4, it means an Eaton Roots supercharger filled with 2 four-vane rotating pistons and a boost up to 11.6 psi.

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The Audi blower – same as the units Eaton makes for GM for the Cadillac CTS-V and Corvette ZR1 — helps the direct-injection of the S4′s 3.0L V-6 to shoot 333 linear hp at 5500 rpm and 325 lb-ft at 2900. Yet, it does that save from the noisy moan usually coupled with superchargers. Actually, only under wide-open strangle does a slight hum come to the cabin.

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Matched with a typical Getrag 6-speed manual that gives an easy though faintly rubbery sense, the V-6 thunders the S4 from 0 to 62 mph in only 5.1 seconds, as claimed by Audi. In order to reach a middle ground between practicality and speed, the new 7-speed Stronic double-clutch automatic is installed, and it needs just 5.3 ticks. Even better, Audi’s predictions were that it would be economic with fuel at least 17 city/26 hwy.